Bulgaria, Iran End VNL Play With Five-Set Victories
Rozalin Penchev and Valentin Bratoev turned in 21 points apiece to lead the way for Bulgaria in a final five-set victory. Thirty-one errors were too much for Germany to overcome against host Iran, which ended its three-match homestand with a five-set win.
Germany Blanks South Korea, Iran Pleases Home Crowd with 3-1 Win
A 10-2 lead in blocks and help from 26 South Korean miscues lifted Germany to a sweep on Saturday. Meanwhile, Iran bested Bulgaria in every way in a four-set win for the home side.
Germany Edges Bulgaria in 5; Iran Tops Korea in 4 in Pride Matches
Both teams scored 109 points in the match, but it was Germany that rallied from down 2-1 in the match to steal away the five-set win over Bulgaria. Thirty-five errors were too much for South Korea to overcome in a four-set loss to Iran on Friday.
Balance Lifts Germany Past Argentina, Muserskiy Stars in Russian Sweep
Simon Hirsch, Moritz Reichert and Tobias Krick starred in a four-set win over Argentina to snap a two-match skid for Germany. Russia owned the net both offensively and defensively in a sweep of Japan, marking its fourth straight win.
Japan, Russia Win Over Error-Riddled Foes in Pool 14
Thirty-four errors plagued Germany in its five-set loss to Japan on Friday, nullifying the team’s advantages in kills and blocks. Argentina boasted a slight edge in kills and aces, but could not get out of its own way in the match, committing 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Russia.
Australia, Japan Score Day 9 Upsets, VNL Top 4 Teams Remain the Same
Sunday brought a few surprise results and standout performances, but the top four teams stood strong in Brazil, Poland, France and the United States.
Australia Shocks Germany, Capitalizing on Miscues in Five-Set Win
Australia ended its three-match losing streak by registering a five-set win over Germany, making good on 40 German miscues in the upset.
Hirsch Scores 17 as Germany Upsets No. 6 Canada 3-1
Stephen Marr scored a match-high 18 points, but it was not enough to lead home-standing Canada past streaking Germany on Saturday.
Germany Continues Role as Giant Killer, Sweeping No. 2 USA
After upsetting World No. 3 Poland to wrap up Week 2 of the VNL, the Germans rode that confidence to a surprise sweep of the second ranked United States on Friday.
#VNL Pool 9 Preview: Australia, Canada, Germany, USA
As Week 3 approaches, the United States is one of three 5-1 teams atop the VNL standings. Canada is right behind at 4-2. The teams will meet on Sunday in a rematch of the 2017 World League bronze medal match.