A sweep at the hands of Serbia eliminated Canada from its outside shot at Final Six contention. Japan also was knocked out of the race as Chuan Jiang carried China to a four-set win over Japan with a 26-point effort.
Offense was key for Serbia as the team’s 44-37 edge in kills was the difference in a sweep of Poland decided by just six points.
The United States dominated Serbia in every way and Aaron Russell and Matt Anderson led the way with double-digit scoring efforts as the Americans kicked off a three-match homestand in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Without Patch on the roster, Matt Anderson will shoulder the responsibilities t the opposite position for the United States. They will look to set themselves up for a run at the Final Round this weekend in front of a home crowd in Hoffman Estates, Illinois for Pool 15 of the Volleyball Nations League.
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.
Drazen Luburic racked up 20 points with 16 kills, three aces and a block, to guide Serbia to a four-set win over Argentina. France had the upper hand across the board in a sweep of Korea to the delight of the home crowd.
Serbia moved its third straight five-set match in as many days, holding on for the victory over Australia behind Dusan Petkovic. Meanwhile, Egor Kliuka and Dmitriy Muserskiy proved too much for Bulgaria to handle as the team fell to Russia in a sweep.
Russia took advantage of 36 Australian errors and boasted an 11-4 lead in blocks in a four-set win on Friday. Forty Bulgarian errors helped fuel Serbia in a five-set comeback victory.
Germany has gotten off to a slow start to the Volleyball Nations League, though coach Andrea Giani has shown the ability to lead teams to unprecedented levels of success.
After Day 2 of action, only four undefeated teams remain: Poland, France, Italy and the United States. The biggest team to fall on Saturday was top seeded Brazil, which fell victim to Ivan Zaytsev’s 32 points and No. 4 Italy in five sets.