Australia followed Lincoln Williams to its first victory of the World Championships.
A well-rested Russian team blazed through Tunisia, including a record-setting 25-6 second stanza.
The United States moved to 2-0 atop Pool C, holding on for a five-set win over Australia on Thursday.
Pool C got started with a trio of matches in Bari, Italy, on Wednesday. Cameroon and Russia walked away with sweeps, while the United States survived a five-set battle with Serbia.
On the eve of his second FIVB World Championships, the hugely popular Samoan born-Australian middle blocker Nehemiah Mote, known to volleyball fans worldwide as “Nemo”, took a moment to reflect on the journey he has taken since the last edition, held in Poland in 2014.
We talk about Volleyball being a truly international sport, but when you look at the Volleyroos about to play in the World Championships in Italy, you can see just how international and multicultural the sport, and our own team is.
Poland’s 3-0 sweep over Australia clinched the last spot in the Final Six on the final day of the pool play.
Five of the six Argentine starters scored in double digits as the team garnered its third win of VNL play against home-standing Australia. Brazil secure its spot in the VNL Final Six with a four-set win over fellow contender Poland with help from a 19-kill effort by Evandro Guerra.
Even with top scorers Artur Szalpuk and Bartosz Kwolek on the bench for most of the match, Poland snapped its three-match losing skid with a sweep of Argentina. Wallace DeSouza scored a match-high 16 points and had help from Lucas Loh and Lucas Saatkamp in leading Brazil to a sweep of Australia, ending a three-match skid.
Korea dominated the offensive side of the ball and Italy excelled at the net before the Italians eventually hung on for the five-set victory. In a match featuring three deuce sets, all in extra points, a 12-kill advantage was the difference in a four-set Australian win.
In what was Italy’s 500th world level victory, the team rode a balanced scoring effort and strong net play to a four-set win over China to kick off VNL Week 4. Twelve blocks and 32 Korean miscues gifted Australia a four-set win on Friday.