16. 06. 2019

VNL 2019 M: Australia succumb to Piano’s huge blocking display, Bulgaria wrecked by Nishida’s serves

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Italy kept a good direction towards Final Six as they prevailed over Australia in Week 3 (Day 2) of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League.


Italy beat Australia by a 3-1 (25-18, 30-32, 25-18, 25-15) in Pool 10, noting their sixth win in the 2019 VNL (2 defeats) and collecting 18 points.

Matteo Piano marked his 2019 VNL debut by setting up as much as 7 kill blocks for the “Azzurri“. As usual, Gabriele Nelli was Italy’s top scorer in the match as he poured in 26. Riccardo Sbertoli served 4 aces. Luke Smith made 9 points for “Volleyroos“ who are at 1-7 (6 points).


Japan came back twice in the match against Pool 10 hosts Bulgaria, in Varna, to record their third win (5 losses) in the 2019 VNL, having 8 points. That is exactly the record that Bulgaria made as well.

Yuji Nishida scored 26 points for Japan, including 7 aces! Tsvetan Sokolov made 12 for Bulgaria, playing three out of five sets.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 3 – Day 2:

Pool 9 (Gondomar, Portugal):

Brazil – China 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22)

Portugal – Serbia 2-3 (25-21, 15-25, 22-25, 32-30, 9-15)

Pool 10 (Varna, Bulgaria):

Australia – Italy 1-3 (18-25, 32-30, 18-25, 15-25)

Bulgaria – Japan 2-3 (25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 19-25, 19-21)

Pool 11 (Urmia, Iran):

Russia – Canada 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23)

Iran – Poland 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-8)

Pool 12 (Cannes, France):

USA – Germany 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20)

France – Argentina 1-3 (18-25, 17-25, 25-19, 20-25)




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