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A 10-2 lead in blocks and help from 26 South Korean miscues lifted Germany to a sweep on Saturday. Meanwhile, Iran bested Bulgaria in every way in a four-set win for the home side.
Both teams scored 109 points in the match, but it was Germany that rallied from down 2-1 in the match to steal away the five-set win over Bulgaria. Thirty-five errors were too much for South Korea to overcome in a four-set loss to Iran on Friday.
Simon Hirsch, Moritz Reichert and Tobias Krick starred in a four-set win over Argentina to snap a two-match skid for Germany. Russia owned the net both offensively and defensively in a sweep of Japan, marking its fourth straight win.
Thirty-four errors plagued Germany in its five-set loss to Japan on Friday, nullifying the team’s advantages in kills and blocks. Argentina boasted a slight edge in kills and aces, but could not get out of its own way in the match, committing 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Russia.
Germany led Poland in all facets of the game and overcame a 21 point effort by Michal Kubiak for a four-set victory on Sunday, handing Poland its first VNL loss. Chuan Jiang’s efforts were finally rewarded as he poured in 30 points for No. 20 China in a five-set win over No. 10 France.
Nine blocks and 24 French errors as well as a key substitutionary effort by Dawid Konarski lifted Poland to a sweep of France and a perfect 4-0 VNL mark. Chuan Jiang turned in a match-high 24 points for China, but it was not enough to lift the team to an upset of No. 10 Germany.
Serbia and Germany were doomed by their own errors in losses to Italy (3-1) and Brazil (3-0) on opening day of Volleyball Nations League play.
More than 12,000 Olympiacos fans packed Peace and Friendship Stadium for the 2017-18 CEV Challenge Cup match against Bunge Ravenna, making the environment look and feel more like a soccer game than a volleyball arena.