Russia claimed its place in the World Championships final six with a sweep of Finland, behind 18 points by substitute Victor Polataev. Italy rested all of its starters and still came out with a 3-1 win over the Netherlands to remain atop the group.
Although Finland will not be moving on to the FIVB Men’s World Championship Final Six and lost all three of its Round 2 matches, spirits are high as the team celebrates its accomplishments and looks to the future.
2018 FIVB Men’s World Championships – Preliminary Pool D Sept. 12-18, 2018 Palace of Culture and Sports; Varna, Italy Pool…
After opening the World Championships against host Bulgaria on Sunday, Finland had a couple of days to regroup and bounced back with a sweep of No. 16 Cuba. Meanwhile, Bulgaria moved to moved to 2-1 and secured its place in the second round with a dominant blocking effort (12-0) in a sweep of Puerto Rico.
A team-high 14 points for Valentin Bratoev (#10) led Bulgaria to a first win of the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship in front of a home crowd in Varna.
Coach Tuomas Sammelvu has anounced Finland’s preliminary roster (with just one cut left) for the FIVB Men’s WCH
Slovenia stayed atop Pool H2 with a sweep of Finland Saturday morning, while Portugal matched the Slovenians six points with a four-set win over Egypt.
Australia and Finland moved to 2-0 in Pool D2 play, topping Slovakia and China respectively, setting up a battle for the pool’s top spot on Saturday.
At the conclusion of week one of the World League, Brazil’s Evandro Guerra emerged as the Best Scorer with 68 total points over the three matches in Group 1.