Brazil will be a new beginning for the middle blocker
Mikhaylov didn’t play at all during the tournament’s preliminary stages, but went huge in the Final 6 to lead Russia to gold while dropping only 1 set in 4 matches.
The United States men finished out their grueling rollercoaster ride at the VNL Final Six with a bronze medal around their necks after sweeping Brazil on Sunday.
U.S. men’s coach John Speraw had to make several adjustments at this year’s Volleyball Nations League, and while it didn’t result in victory, it seems they’ve hit their best combination late against France.
Stephen Boyer’s 31 point outburst led France past the United States despite a comeback effort from the Americans.
Brazil may not be the favorites entering the semifinals of the #VNL, but they reached the final of the World League 4 of the last 5 times and 14 times since 2001.
France’s serve and attack sliced through Serbia as they join Russia as Pool winners on the day with the semifinals next.
The United States used an entirely different starting lineup on Friday against Russia than the day before. John Speraw has now started all 14 players on his roster in the VNL Final Six.
The United States swept Poland as they join Brazil in clinching bids to the semifinals of the VNL.
With a 3-0 win over Poland, the United States qualifies for the VNL Semifinals with Russia in Pool B. Taylor Sander left the match with an injury late in the 3rd set.