VNL Day 5 Standings: Australia Earns 1st Win; USA, Poland Move to 5-0

2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League

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

Six of the eight matches on Day 5 of the men’s VNL tournament were decided in sweeps. The exceptions saw Serbia win in five sets for the second straight day, moving past Russia, and Canada issue Argentina its fifth straight loss in a four-set affair.

At the end of the day, Poland and the United States moved to 5-0 atop the standings with the Poles boasting the maximum 15 points to the USA’s 13. Brazil, France and Italy round out the top five at 4-1.

Argentina and South Korea round out the 16-team field at the bottom at 0-5, although the Argentines have earned two points in their losses.

The day was full of ups and downs including the lights going out in Brazil, a potentially major ankle injury to Bulgaria’s setter Georgi Bratoev and Australia’s first win of the tournament.

Standout performances included a 29-point tally by Serbia’s Drazen Luburic and 23-point efforts by Argentina’s Facundo Conte and Russia’s Dmitriy Muserskiy. Luburic was the only one of the three to lead his team to victory, utilizing 28 putaways in the five-set win over Russia. Muserskiy did his best to counter with 17 kills, five blocks and an ace, but it was not enough. Conte notched 20 kills and three blocks, in a losing effort against Canada.

Here’s a look at how the results shook out:

  • Pool 5 Recap
  • Pool 6: USA Recap, Brazil Recap
  • Pool 7 Recap
  • Pool 8 Recap

Up Next

The battle of the tournament is on tap for Sunday at 11:40 a.m. ET as defending Olympic champions and top ranked Brazil hosts the second ranked squad from the United States.

Poland looks to remain atop the standings with a match against Germany awaiting.

Argentina looks to get off the schnide against fourth ranked Italy, while South Korea looks for its first win against regional foe Japan.

Standings

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Poland 5 0 15 15 1 15.000 397 326 1.218
2 United States 5 0 13 15 5 3.000 464 406 1.143
3 Brazil 4 1 13 14 3 4.667 403 368 1.095
4 France 4 1 12 12 5 2.400 416 374 1.112
5 Italy 4 1 11 13 6 2.167 444 396 1.121
6 Russia 3 2 10 11 7 1.571 416 385 1.081
7 Canada 3 2 9 10 8 1.250 417 407 1.025
8 Serbia 3 2 7 9 11 0.818 436 437 0.998
9 Japan 2 3 7 9 11 0.818 445 445 1.000
10 Bulgaria 2 3 6 9 12 0.750 451 468 0.964
11 Iran 2 3 5 8 11 0.727 427 448 0.953
12 China 1 4 4 6 12 0.500 377 412 0.915
13 Australia 1 4 3 5 12 0.417 373 422 0.884
14 Germany 1 4 3 5 13 0.385 389 430 0.905
15 Argentina 0 5 2 6 15 0.400 449 493 0.911
16 South Korea 0 5 0 0 15 0.000 291 378 0.770

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