2016 FIVB World League MVP Marko Ivovic (above) and Serbia were swept the last time they faced each Brazil and France, but will have health on their sides in the Final 6.
Serbia put up 10 blocks and had help from four double-digit scoring efforts in a four-set win over Japan to secure its spot in the VNL Final Six. Stephen Maar was back on his game for Canada with 16 points to lift his team to a sweep of China.
Offense was key for Serbia as the team’s 44-37 edge in kills was the difference in a sweep of Poland decided by just six points.
Aleksandar Atanasijevic racked up a match-high 32 points as Serbia registered its fourth five-set win in VNL play on Saturday, rallying past Iran.
The United States dominated Serbia in every way and Aaron Russell and Matt Anderson led the way with double-digit scoring efforts as the Americans kicked off a three-match homestand in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Without Patch on the roster, Matt Anderson will shoulder the responsibilities t the opposite position for the United States. They will look to set themselves up for a run at the Final Round this weekend in front of a home crowd in Hoffman Estates, Illinois for Pool 15 of the Volleyball Nations League.
Twelve blocks, including five by Agustin Loser, were the difference as Argentina scored its second win of VNL play. France rode 14 blocks and eight aces to a sweep of Serbia on Sunday, cementing its spot in the VNL Top 3.
Drazen Luburic racked up 20 points with 16 kills, three aces and a block, to guide Serbia to a four-set win over Argentina. France had the upper hand across the board in a sweep of Korea to the delight of the home crowd.
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.