The United States top Russia in a match-up of teams ranked in the top 4 of the world. Serbia beat Tunisia to stay in second place of Pool C.
Russia has a performance for the record books
Australia followed Lincoln Williams to its first victory of the World Championships.
A well-rested Russian team blazed through Tunisia, including a record-setting 25-6 second stanza.
Russia, the leading team in VolleyMob’s WCH Power Rankings, is the most decorated team in WCH history with 6 titles, but with no successes since 1982
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.
Dmitriy Muserskiy, above, has been a leading figure for Russia in the Nations League, landing over 66% of his shots.
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.
Dmitriy Muserskiy will headline a strong lineup for Russia in the VNL Final Six. Artem Volvich and Maxim Mikhailov are also on the roster in Lille, France.
Taylor Sander is back on the roster for the United States in the #VNL Final Six. The United States will face Russia and Poland for a chance to reach the semifinals.