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.
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.
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.
The battle for the Final Six is very much alive with only four teams mathematically eliminated: Iran (4-7), Argentina (2-10), China (2-10) and South Korea (1-11).
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.
Twelve blocks, including five by Agustin Loser, were the difference as Argentina scored its second win of VNL play. France rode 14 blocks and eight aces to a sweep of Serbia on Sunday, cementing its spot in the VNL Top 3.
France pleased the home crowd for the second straight night, moving past Argentina in four sets as Stephen Boyer and Kevin Tillie starred. Serbia picked up its fifth-straight win with a sweep of South Korea as Aleksandar Atanasijevic racked up a team-leading 17 points.
Tatsuya Fukuzawa tallied 19 points, including six in the decisive fifth set, to lift Japan past Korea in a comeback victory on Sunday, denying Korea its first Volleyball Nations League win.
Relative newcomer Jake Langlois and two-time Olympian Matt Anderson were the dynamic duo for the United States, each turning in double-digit scoring efforts to lift the Americans to a sweep of South Korea on Saturday.