Iran snapped a two-match losing streak with a dominant sweep of China, including 13 blocks. Brazil won its fifth-straight VNL match, keeping Russia off-balance with tough serving including 11 aces.
Chuang Jiang is the leading scorer in the Volleyball Nations League. He will try to lead China against Russia, Brazil and Iran in Ufa, Russia from June 8-10.
At the end of the day, Poland and the United States moved to 5-0 atop the standings with the Poles boasting the maximum 15 points to the USA’s 13. Brazil, France and Italy round out the top five at 4-1.
Drazen Luburic racked up 29 points, including 28 kills, and Serbia capitalized on 32 Russian miscues for its second straight five-set win. Australia broke into the win column, scoring a slight upset over 14th-ranked Bulgaria, winning via sweep of the home team on Saturday.
Russia took advantage of 36 Australian errors and boasted an 11-4 lead in blocks in a four-set win on Friday. Forty Bulgarian errors helped fuel Serbia in a five-set comeback victory.
Seven service aces and 27 Canadian miscues lifted Poland past Canada and put the home team atop the Volleyball Nations League standings at 3-0 with the maximum nine points, meanwhile Russia put up 12 blocks to end any thoughts of a Korean upset to wrap Pool 3 play on Sunday.
Even Ben Patch’s 2 service aces and 13 service errors in week 1 were a big improvement from last year.
Michal Kubiak and Lukasz Kaczmarek combined for 35 points to guide Poland to a sweep of Russia to put the team atop the VNL standings, while Canada stifled the Korean offense with eight blocks and kept the team off balance with tough serving, including six aces, in a quick sweep and its first win of Volleyball Nations League action.
Russia and Poland each turned in 13 blocks in a pair of Day 1 sweeps to open Volleyball Nations League Pool 3 play in Katowice.