France Follows Boyer, Tillie to 4-Set Win; Atanasijevic Paces Serbia

2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 3/POOL 12

  • June 8th-10th, 2018
  • L’arena du pays d’Aix, Aix-en-Provence, France (8,500 spectators)
  • Time Zone: GMT +2 (U.S. Eastern Time +6)
  • FIVB World Ranks: #7 Argentina, #9 France, #11 Serbia, #21 South Korea
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
8 Jun 17:00 1–3 Serbia 25–20 23–25 15–25 22–25 85–95 P2
8 Jun 20:45 3–0 South Korea 25–21 25–18 25–22 75–61 P2
9 Jun 18:00 3–1 Argentina 25–18 25–16 23–25 25–20 98–79
9 Jun 21:00 0–3 Serbia 16–25 23–25 19–25 58–75

France def. Argentina 3-1

  • France defeated Argentina 25-18, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20
  • France moved to 6-2 (19 points); Argentina moved to 1-7 (5 points)

France pleased the home crowd for the second straight night, moving past Argentina in four sets as Stephen Boyer and Kevin Tillie starred.

The French boasted 15 more kills (59-44), three more blocks (12-9) and two more aces (5-3) in the win.

Boyer downed 15 kills and added two blocks for a match-high 17 points, while Tillie racked up 11 points, all on kills, as each played in just the first three sets. Earvin Ngapeth accounted for 10 points in just two stanzas of work, with seven kills, two aces and a block. Julien Lynell led a group of eight other players who scored in the match. Lynell managed seven points (5 kills, 2 blocks) in the final two sets, while Antoine Brizard put up a team-leading three blocks after starting Sets 3 and 4. All but Trevor Clevenot played in the match for the French.

Martin Ramos did not earn the start, but notched a team-best 16 points (12 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace). Cristian Poglajen (12) and Sebastian Sole (10) followed. Poglajen downed 10 kills, while Sole pitched in six kills and a team-high four blocks. Agustin Loser and Facundo Conte were limited to seven and six points respectively.

Argentina grabbed the first three points of the match, but France had rallied to lead by the same tally at 15-12 midway through as Boyer starred. The French pushed the margin to seven at 20-13 and cruised to a 25-18 win behind Conte.

The French went up 6-1 in Set 2 and opened up a nine-point gap at 17-8. Boyer continued to carry the load as the team claimed a 25-16 win.

A lineup change to start Set 3 did not work out as planned for French coach Laurent Tillie as errors piled up and the team found itself down 20-17 late. Poglajen extended the match for the Argentines, sealing a 25-23 victory.

Argentina carried the momentum to a 4-1 lead in Set 4, but the French turned the tables and built a 14-11 advantage of its own. It was close the rest of the way, until Boyer came through to end it 25-20.

 

Serbia def. Korea 3-0

  • Serbia defeated Korea 25-17, 25-23, 25-19
  • Serbia moved to 6-2 (15 points); South Korea moved to 0-8 (1 point)

Serbia picked up its fifth-straight VNL win with a sweep of South Korea on Saturday as Aleksandar Atanasijevic racked up a team-leading 17 points.

Atanasijevic downed a match-high 14 kills and chipped in two blocks and an ace for good measure. Nikola Mijailovic (12) and Milan Katic (10) were right behind. Mijailovic was the team’s top blocker with three stuffs to go with his nine kills, while Katic posted eight kills, a block and an ace. All six Serbian starters managed at least one ace, with five putting up two or more.

Seung-Suk Kwak (9) and Sung-Min Moon (8) were tops among the Korean scorers, managing nine and seven kills respectively. Jae-Duck Seo didn’t see the court until Set 3, but still managed six points on five kills and a block. Twelve players saw the court for the Koreans with nine scoring two or more points.

South Korea went up 8-6 early in the match, but could not hold off the Serbian charge. Atanasijevic and Mijailovic carried the load as Serbia claimed the 25-17 win.

Serbia scored five of the first seven points in Set 2, but Korea kept pace with help from Moon, pulling to within one at 14-13. In the end, the Koreans could not get out of their own way, falling 25-23 in an error-riddled set.

Korea claimed a 10-8 advantage in Set 3, but could not hang on as Serbia claimed seven of the next eight points and a 15-11 lead. A 25-19 win wrapped up the sweep.

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