France’s serve and attack sliced through Serbia as they join Russia as Pool winners on the day with the semifinals next.
Stephen Boyer led France on Wednesday with 23 points in France’s 3-2 win over Brazil. In the other match, Russia handled Poland 3-1 while getting double-digit production out of 4 players.
France faces a similar Final Six path to the 2017 World League they won as they host Brazil & Serbia in the 2018 VNL Pool A.
Taylor Averill is among the new additions to Chaumont VB 52 for the upcoming season. Keith West of UBC will also be starting his career with the French Ligue A finalists.
France edged past an error-riddled Russian side for a sweep and the top spot on the VNL standings register heading into the Final Six.
Italy put up 15 blocks and star Ivan Zaytsev chalked up a match-high 23 points to lift the team past first place France to keep its Final Six hopes alive on Saturday.
The United States gave away 44 points on errors in a five-set loss to France on Friday, but clinched its spot in the Final Six regardless of the defeat.
Canada opted not to play many of its starters and came up just short in a five-setter against first place France, which won its sixth straight VNL match. Thirty-three errors proved to be too much to overcome as Brazil fought valiantly before falling to Bulgaria in five sets for the team’s third-straight loss in Varna.
Bruno Rezende left the match early in a 0-3 defeat to France on Saturday. Little is known about his injury status heading into Sunday’s important match with Bulgaria.
Just one day after a shocking defeat at the hands of No. 6 Canada, top ranked Brazil stumbled again on Saturday, falling to No. 9 France via sweep. Boyan Yordanov accounted for half of No. 14 Bulgaria’s 40 kills in a surprise sweep of No. 6 Canada.