Italy, Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Russia win trip straight to quarterfinals. Meanwhile, their opponents will be determined from a simple playoff system that will feature the remaining teams. Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, and Georgia are already eliminated.
Europe’s hottest teams continue impressive EuroVolley start
Italy, Serbia and The Netherlands start out very strong, while “coachless” Russia needed five sets to down underdogs Ukraine.
It was a day for the Euro League rookies as first timers Finland and Ukraine gained the upper hand on their respective foes in the first round of the semifinals Wednesday.