Rozalin Penchev and Valentin Bratoev turned in 21 points apiece to lead the way for Bulgaria in a final five-set victory. Thirty-one errors were too much for Germany to overcome against host Iran, which ended its three-match homestand with a five-set win.
Korea dominated the offensive side of the ball and Italy excelled at the net before the Italians eventually hung on for the five-set victory. In a match featuring three deuce sets, all in extra points, a 12-kill advantage was the difference in a four-set Australian win.
Tatsuya Fukuzawa tallied 19 points, including six in the decisive fifth set, to lift Japan past Korea in a comeback victory on Sunday, denying Korea its first Volleyball Nations League win.
Relative newcomer Jake Langlois and two-time Olympian Matt Anderson were the dynamic duo for the United States, each turning in double-digit scoring efforts to lift the Americans to a sweep of South Korea on Saturday.
Brazil’s offensive prowess and serving lifted the home side to a sweep of South Korea to open Week 2 of Volleyball Nations League action.