Max Holt scored 9 points and hit .600 in Modena’s win on Sunday.
Aaron Russell and Uros Kovacevic led Trentino over Sora.
Nimir Abdel-Aziz is out of the lineup with suspected back problems.
Consar Ravenna shut down Revivre Axopower Milano to open the Italian SuperLega.
Canadian men’s head coach Stephane Antiga (above) will try to lift his team to another new-height at this year’s World Championship.
Cristian Savani has signed with BluVolley Verona for the 2018-2019 season.
Graham Vigrass turned in a match-high 18 points and the Canadians strong-armed Japan in blocks and aces in a sweep to round out their VNL campaign. Top scorer Drazen Luburic poured in 28 points and Serbia owned the net in a four-set win over host China on Sunday.
Serbia put up 10 blocks and had help from four double-digit scoring efforts in a four-set win over Japan to secure its spot in the VNL Final Six. Stephen Maar was back on his game for Canada with 16 points to lift his team to a sweep of China.
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.
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.