Now is the perfect opportunity for Swan to get out of his older brother’s shadow
Russia defeated France 25-22, 25-20, 25-23, avenging a 3-0 loss from the final match of Pool 20 and claiming the country its first world level gold since the 2013 World League tournament.
Stephen Boyer’s 31 point outburst led France past the United States despite a comeback effort from the Americans.
Brazil may not be the favorites entering the semifinals of the #VNL, but they reached the final of the World League 4 of the last 5 times and 14 times since 2001.
France’s serve and attack sliced through Serbia as they join Russia as Pool winners on the day with the semifinals next.
France faces a similar Final Six path to the 2017 World League they won as they host Brazil & Serbia in the 2018 VNL Pool A.
Modena’s Catia Pedrini is heartbroken
France edged past an error-riddled Russian side for a sweep and the top spot on the VNL standings register heading into the Final Six.
Italy put up 15 blocks and star Ivan Zaytsev chalked up a match-high 23 points to lift the team past first place France to keep its Final Six hopes alive on Saturday.
The United States gave away 44 points on errors in a five-set loss to France on Friday, but clinched its spot in the Final Six regardless of the defeat.