Rozalin Penchev and Valentin Bratoev turned in 21 points apiece to lead the way for Bulgaria in a final five-set victory. Thirty-one errors were too much for Germany to overcome against host Iran, which ended its three-match homestand with a five-set win.
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.
Australia ended its three-match losing streak by registering a five-set win over Germany, making good on 40 German miscues in the upset.
Stephen Marr scored a match-high 18 points, but it was not enough to lead home-standing Canada past streaking Germany on Saturday.
After upsetting World No. 3 Poland to wrap up Week 2 of the VNL, the Germans rode that confidence to a surprise sweep of the second ranked United States on Friday.
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.