Wilfredo Leon led Perugia with 11 kills and a match-high 5 aces in Perugia’s sweep over Verona.
The Italian professional volleyball season kicks off this weekend with the Italian SuperCoppa.
Aleksandar Atanasijevic powered his way to 16 kills in Serbia’s commanding sweep over Italy in the World Championships Final Round.
Russia topped Italy in five sets to hand the hosts their first loss of the FIVB World Championships. Meanwhile, Finland was eliminated from the race for the title with a four-set loss to the Dutch.
Japan defeated Argentina in five sets, but missed out on a spot in the second round on point totals (6-5) to the Argentines. The day’s other match planted Italy firmly atop the group at 5-0 as the host nation edged Slovenia in four sets after dropping the opener.
Zaytsev Has Stellar Night
The Foro Italico Center Court played as a spectacular sunset backdrop for the opening match of the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships.
Ivan Zaytsev led Italy with 16 points as they beat China for the second day in a row. Italy will start the World Championships on Sunday against Japan in Rome.
In Italy’s first match in a while, they started off rocky, but ultimately swept China.
Italy has whittled their roster from 16 to 14, including the elimination of an Olympic silver medalist. (Superstar Ivan Zaytsev, above, is included in the team).