14. 06. 2019

VNL 2019 M: Nelli routes Italy to hard-fought win over Japan, Bulgaria down Australia in 5

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Italy achieved a hard-fought victory over Japan on Day 1 in Pool 10 of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League.


Japan provided a worthy resistance to the favorites Italy (5-2 record), winning the first set and forcing “Azzurri“ to earn the third set only after converting the fifth match point: 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 29-27, 25-21).

One element of Italy’s play worked perfectly in the match, the block. The team coached by Gianlorenzo Blengini made 16 kill blocks compared to 4 from Japan.

By scoring 24 points today, Gabriele Nelli became the 2019 VNL best scorer (130 points), squeezing Canada’s Sharone Vernon-Evans out from the top (110). Simone Anzani added 5 kill blocks for Italy. Yuki Ishikawa tallied 14 points for Japan who are at 2-5.


Driven by Todor Skrimov (22 points) and Aleks Grozdanov (5 kill blocks), Bulgaria recorded their third win in the 2019 VNL (4 defeats). Pool 10 hosts downed Australia (1-6) in an exhausting five-setter in Varna.

Luke Smith (19 points), Arshdeep Dosanjh (5 aces), and Beau Graham (4 kill blocks) highlighted for the “Volleyroos“.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 3 – Day 1:

Pool 9 (Gondomar, Portugal):

Brazil – Serbia 2-3 (25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 20-25, 12-15)

Portugal – China 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23)

Pool 10 (Varna, Bulgaria):

Japan – Italy 1-3 (25-23, 15-25, 27-29, 21-25)

Bulgaria – Australia 3-2 (20-25, 29-27, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13)

Pool 11 (Urmia, Iran):

Russia – Poland 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19)

Iran – Canada 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-16)

Pool 12 (Cannes, France):

USA – Argentina 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21)

France – Germany 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20)




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