Even with top scorers Artur Szalpuk and Bartosz Kwolek on the bench for most of the match, Poland snapped its three-match losing skid with a sweep of Argentina. Wallace DeSouza scored a match-high 16 points and had help from Lucas Loh and Lucas Saatkamp in leading Brazil to a sweep of Australia, ending a three-match skid.
Canada opted not to play many of its starters and came up just short in a five-setter against first place France, which won its sixth straight VNL match. Thirty-three errors proved to be too much to overcome as Brazil fought valiantly before falling to Bulgaria in five sets for the team’s third-straight loss in Varna.
Just one day after a shocking defeat at the hands of No. 6 Canada, top ranked Brazil stumbled again on Saturday, falling to No. 9 France via sweep. Boyan Yordanov accounted for half of No. 14 Bulgaria’s 40 kills in a surprise sweep of No. 6 Canada.
Stephen Boyer and France are looking to get a big win against Brazil in Pool 16 to give them momentum for the last weekend of the Preliminary Round.
Thirteen blocks were not enough to lift Iran past a Brazilian side, which leaned on Douglas Souza and Wallace DeSouza in a five-set affair on Saturday. Meanwhile, Anton Karpukhov did it all for Russia, posting a match-high 21 points with 15 kills, four blocks and two aces, in a sweep of China.
Iran snapped a two-match losing streak with a dominant sweep of China, including 13 blocks. Brazil won its fifth-straight VNL match, keeping Russia off-balance with tough serving including 11 aces.
Chuang Jiang is the leading scorer in the Volleyball Nations League. He will try to lead China against Russia, Brazil and Iran in Ufa, Russia from June 8-10.
Douglas Souza has signed with a new team for the upcoming season.
Brazil put up 11 blocks and Wallace DeSouza resumed his role as the team’s top scorer after a day off in a sweep of Japan.
Italy served up 14 aces and put up 12 blocks, while Ivan Zaytsev racked up a tournament-best 32 points to lift the team past World #1 Brazil in five sets on Saturday. Drazen Luburic and Uros Kovacevic teamed up to lead Serbia to a four-set victory over Germany.