Logic prevailed in Pool F as Brazil moved on to the competition’s Final 6
Australia cemented its spot among the top four in Pool C and punched its ticket to the second round of World Championships play, riding the arm of Lincoln Williams to a four-set win over Tunisia. Meanwhile, Russia cruised past Cameroon to set up its Pool C finale against Serbia.
Pool C got started with a trio of matches in Bari, Italy, on Wednesday. Cameroon and Russia walked away with sweeps, while the United States survived a five-set battle with Serbia.
We talk about Volleyball being a truly international sport, but when you look at the Volleyroos about to play in the World Championships in Italy, you can see just how international and multicultural the sport, and our own team is.
In what was Italy’s 500th world level victory, the team rode a balanced scoring effort and strong net play to a four-set win over China to kick off VNL Week 4. Twelve blocks and 32 Korean miscues gifted Australia a four-set win on Friday.
Australia ended its three-match losing streak by registering a five-set win over Germany, making good on 40 German miscues in the upset.
Serbia moved its third straight five-set match in as many days, holding on for the victory over Australia behind Dusan Petkovic. Meanwhile, Egor Kliuka and Dmitriy Muserskiy proved too much for Bulgaria to handle as the team fell to Russia in a sweep.
Drazen Luburic racked up 29 points, including 28 kills, and Serbia capitalized on 32 Russian miscues for its second straight five-set win. Australia broke into the win column, scoring a slight upset over 14th-ranked Bulgaria, winning via sweep of the home team on Saturday.
Lincoln Williams scored a match-high 18 points, but it was not enough to help Australia overcome 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Iran. Japan gave away 28 points on errors and trailed France at the net in kills and blocks in a four-set loss.