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.
Australia is the only team of the three coming into the week on a victory, having found its stride, going 3-0 in South Korea, while the rest of the Pool 17 teams are looking to snap three-match losing streaks.
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.
After 10 matches, four teams stand at 8-2, but Finals host France boasts the top spot in the standings with 25 points. Poland, Brazil and the United States follow.
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.
Stephen Maar and Jason Derocco led the way as Canada edged past Australia in an all-around effort to please the home crowd in Ottawa.
After spending 8 years in Germany, Paul Carroll will replace Antonin Rouzier in Russia. The Australian will be the new opposite at Yenisei Krasnoyarsk.
Australia will have to find new avenues for offense without both their 6’9″ captain Paul Carroll (above), and outside hitter Nathan Roberts, in Rouen this week.
Zenit Kazan and Berlin Recycling Volleys squared off in the CEV’s Match of the Week during the Champions League, with the Russian squad coming out on top.