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.
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.
Poland, thanks to the healthy return of Dawid Konarski, will be the most complete offense in pool 3 this week. But, they’ll need Bartolomiej Lemanski (above) to step up and support the middle.
Russia to face Germany for European gold.
Day two of the FIVB World League Final Six has concluded with Canada and the USA both upsetting their opponents. With their wins, both teams have secured their spot in the semifinals that will take place on July 7.
Russia enters the Final Six with the #4 seed in the tournament. After starting the competition with a 2-4 record, the final week of play helped the Russian squad finish in the top-six of the World League.
The Americans stayed in the race for the Final Six with a win over Poland, while Russia punched its ticket to Brazil with a sweep of Iran.
Pool H1 featured matches on two ends of the volleyball spectrum in day two, with Russia overcoming Team USA in a daunting five-set match, while Poland rolled through Iran in a three-set sweep.
The battle for Pool D’s automatic bid to the World Championships came down to No. 14 Estonia and No. 3 Russia and rankings held despite a strong Estonian first set.
With a five set battle over Diatec Trentino, Tours VB took home their first European title in 12 years, while…