Standings: France, Italy, USA, Poland Stay Perfect in #VNL Play

2018 FIVB MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 1

  • May 25-27, 2018
  • Schedule/Results

The top four teams remained undefeated in Volleyball Nations League action on Sunday with France, Italy and the United States winning in sweeps and Poland staying perfect with a four-set win over Canada.

Italy was dominant in all facets of its win over homestanding Serbia. France relied on a standout effort by Stephen Boyer to overcome its 27 miscues in a sweep of Australia. The United States switched its lineup, but the result was the same, as a balanced attack by Taylor Sander, Ben Patch and T.J. DeFalco lifted the Americans past China.

No. 14 Bulgaria pulled off a statement win over No. 7 Argentina, aided in part by Argentine coach Julio Velasco‘s decision to rest starters Pablo Crer (middle) and Ezequiel Palacios (outside) for the entire match. Though the coach seemed optimistic about his 0-3 team’s future as he hinted about roster changes ahead.

“Next week, some players who are training in Argentina will join the team.” Velasco said. “We hope that we can start winning when we have the full team.”

Japan also pulled an upset according to the world rankings, besting No. 8 Iran 3-1, behind a 21-point effort by Yuji Nishida.

Here’s a look at how things panned out on Day 3.

  • Pool 1 Recap
  • Pool 2: USA Recap; Bulgaria Recap
  • Pool 3 Recap
  • Pool 4 Recap

 

Standings

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Poland 3 0 9 9 1 9.000 247 207 1.193
2 France 3 0 9 9 2 4.500 280 237 1.181
3 Italy 3 0 8 9 3 3.000 280 236 1.186
4 United States 3 0 8 9 3 3.000 288 253 1.138
5 Brazil 2 1 7 8 3 2.667 252 246 1.024
6 Russia 2 1 6 6 3 2.000 215 194 1.108
7 Japan 2 1 6 7 5 1.400 284 268 1.060
8 Bulgaria 2 1 5 7 6 1.167 279 280 0.996
9 China 1 2 4 5 6 0.833 233 239 0.975
10 Iran 1 2 3 5 6 0.833 256 269 0.952
11 Canada 1 2 3 4 6 0.667 219 229 0.956
12 Serbia 1 2 3 3 7 0.429 217 227 0.956
13 Argentina 0 3 1 3 9 0.333 256 284 0.901
14 Germany 0 3 0 2 9 0.222 229 269 0.851
15 Australia 0 3 0 1 9 0.111 213 259 0.822
16 South Korea 0 3 0 0 9 0.000 177 228 0.776

 

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