Five of the six Argentine starters scored in double digits as the team garnered its third win of VNL play against home-standing Australia. Brazil secure its spot in the VNL Final Six with a four-set win over fellow contender Poland with help from a 19-kill effort by Evandro Guerra.
Australia is the only team of the three coming into the week on a victory, having found its stride, going 3-0 in South Korea, while the rest of the Pool 17 teams are looking to snap three-match losing streaks.
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.
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.
With a travel schedule including 15 matches on multiple continents over five weeks, there is no question that the Volleyball Nations League will be taxing for all involved teams, but Brazilian coach Renan Dal Zotto and his team have taken their complaints about this grueling slate to the next level, dubbing it as “inhuman.”
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