Italy took down France on day four of the World Grand Champions Cup, while Team USA is looking to build themselves back up to boost their positioning in the competition.
Brazil’s 3-2 win against the USA all but gives the South Americans the tournament title, even though three other teams have mathematical chances at it.
France has had a less than expected start at the World Grand Champions Cup, with a 1-2 record and currently sitting in fifth place.
Italy is looking to extend their hot win streak after they downed the defending champions, Brazil, in a five-set upset against the hosts Japan.
After shutting out France on day one, Brazil is looking to pick up their second win at the 2017 World Grand Champions Cup over Italy, who dropped their first match to Iran in five.
Matthew Anderson ushered USA’s opening day straight-set (25-21, 25-18, 25-13) win over hosts Japan. Brazil and Iran also came out victorious.
Schedule, host information, and teams’ extended rosters for the seventh edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup
Friday marked the first day of action in Groups B and D at the European Championships. The Czech Republic and Germany outlasted their foes in Pool B, while Turkey and Belgium came out on top in Pool D.
They will still, however, be without Olympic stars Ivan Zaytsev, Emanuele Biraelli, and Osmany Juantorena, but veteran Simone Buti (above) will be present to captain the team.
The 2017-18 season of the Italian Men’s Superleague is finally set in stone with competition beginning on October 15.