Pool A Daily Recap
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.
Brazil wins its fifth WGCC gold. Team USA greatly underachieves, loses to a depleted Italian team, and is knocked out of the podium.
Team USA hands the World League’s champions a 3-0 loss. They are now in first place of the round robin tournament with two games still left to go. Meanwhile, Brazil and Italy won their games, and trail the American team closely in the standings.
The game is a must-win for Team USA’s title hopes. Meanwhile, Brazil will battle leaders Iran, while Italy and Japan close out the day in Osaka.
Iran adds another chapter to its up and coming volleyball resume, coming from behind 2-0 to hand Team USA its first defeat of the tournament.
Matthew Anderson ushered USA’s opening day straight-set (25-21, 25-18, 25-13) win over hosts Japan. Brazil and Iran also came out victorious.
They will still, however, be without Olympic stars Ivan Zaytsev, Emanuele Biraelli, and Osmany Juantorena, but veteran Simone Buti (above) will be present to captain the team.
Italy upset France to end their unbeaten streak while Canada won a five-setter with Belgium to open Pool I1 play.
After wees of rumors, this week Italian men’s side Cucine Lube Civitanova has announced Giampolo Medei as their new head coach….