Poland, thanks to the healthy return of Dawid Konarski, will be the most complete offense in pool 3 this week. But, they’ll need Bartolomiej Lemanski (above) to step up and support the middle.
Gyorgy Grozer is back to Belgorod
Bokun scores 22 points as Belogorie avoids monumental upset to Yugra-Samotlor
Earning free passes directly to the quarterfinals are: Serbia (A), Germany (B), Russia (C) and Belgium (D). All four teams won their groups with perfect 3-0 marks.
Brazil and France walked away with five-set wins on the day as both teams joined Canada and the U.S. to finalize the teams in the semifinals.
Russia enters the Final Six with the #4 seed in the tournament. After starting the competition with a 2-4 record, the final week of play helped the Russian squad finish in the top-six of the World League.
Russia is sitting in sixth place in the rankings of Group 1 of the World League, needing a win over Iran to keep their hopes alive in making it to the finals.
With a young team, Russia is using the 2017 FIVB World League to prepare itself for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The United States couldn’t keep the win streak going as France took them down in the Pool F1 finale to remain unbeaten.
After falling to 0-3 last weekend, the U.S. Men’s National Team has picked things up with sweeps over Italy and now Russia in Pool F1.