France, USA Lead #VNL Standings After Week 4

2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE

  • May 25-July 8, 2018
  • Schedule/Results

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).

France, which is coincidentally in the top spot after four weeks at 10-2, knows it is in as the host.

At 10-2 after a perfect weekend at home, the United States is just a point behind the French at 29.

Russia (9-3) continued its charge toward the top with its fifth-straight victory, a sweep of Germany.

Brazil suffered its third straight loss in Varna, Bulgaria, falling to the host Bulgarian side in five sets, marking the first time the Brazilians had lost three matches in a row since 2012. Despite the loss, Brazil remains in fourth place in the standings at 8-4.

Serbia and Poland round out the top six, but it was the Serbians who boasted the upper hand on Sunday with a 3-0 victory in Chicago. The Poles, however, boast a three-point edge in the standings (23 points to 20).

With the top six teams all boasting eight or more victories, that will be the minimum required to have an outside chance at the Final Six. Germany, Australia and Bulgaria are all 5-7, but realistically are unlikely to win out and have enough help to break through.

Here is a look at the day’s action.

Pool 13 Recap

Pool 14 Recap

Pool 15 Recap: Serbia Recap, USA Recap

Pool 16 Recap

 

Top scorers were Canada’s Nicholas Hoag (23 vs. France) and Brazil’s Wallace DeSouza (22 vs. Bulgaria). Korea’s Sung-Min Moon (20 points vs. China), Australia’s Thomas Hodges (20 vs. Italy), Argentina’s Cristian Poglajen (20 vs. Japan), France’s Jean Patry (20 vs. Canada) and Serbia’s Aleksandar Atanasijevic (20 vs. Poland) also surpassed the 20-point plateau.

 

Up Next

With just one week left of preliminary action, there are still several big matches on the slate.

The USA, France and Russia will all battle each other and Final Six contender Italy in Modena, Italy.

Brazil will look to recover in Melbourne, Australia, after suffering three surprising losses on Week 4. The Brazilians have matches against fourth-place Poland, Australia and Argentina ahead.

Canada and Serbia will look to break into the Top Six while playing each other as well as Japan and host China in Jiangmen.

 

Standings

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 France 10 2 30 32 11 2.909 1038 906 1.146
2 United States 10 2 29 32 13 2.462 1048 927 1.131
3 Russia 9 3 28 30 11 2.727 990 897 1.104
4 Brazil 8 4 24 28 17 1.647 1041 985 1.057
5 Poland 8 4 23 25 16 1.563 972 892 1.090
6 Serbia 8 4 20 24 22 1.091 1011 1016 0.995
7 Italy 7 5 21 27 22 1.227 1108 1074 1.032
8 Canada 6 6 18 21 21 1.000 1013 1021 0.992
9 Japan 6 6 15 21 28 0.750 1052 1095 0.961
10 Germany 5 7 17 21 25 0.840 1012 1029 0.983
11 Bulgaria 5 7 15 20 26 0.769 1028 1094 0.940
12 Australia 5 7 14 20 26 0.769 998 1042 0.958
13 Iran 4 8 13 20 26 0.769 1047 1070 0.979
14 Argentina 2 10 9 17 30 0.567 1029 1095 0.940
15 China 2 10 6 11 32 0.344 931 1040 0.895
16 South Korea 1 11 5 8 33 0.242 851 986 0.863

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