10. 07. 2019

VNL F6 M: Wrona summoned to Poland’s squad, Russell on USA’s roster for first time in 2019

Source: volleyball.world; Photo: Credit Union 1 Arena/Twitter

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The 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League Final Six in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is just around the corner with the opening match coming up tonight at 23:30 C.E.T. (Brazil vs. Poland) and here are all of the rosters of the participating national teams.


Brazil had the most outstanding preliminary round campaign, suffering only one loss: 14-1 and 39 points. Other teams lined up behind the „Seleção“ in this exact order: Iran, Russia (defending champions), France, Poland, and the United States. There was a little incident just before the start of the Final Six as Iran national team was detained at the Chicago airport for questioning for a few hours before.

Brazil will definitely be deprived of the help from the middle blocker Maurício Souza, who has not yet recovered from an ankle injury which he sustained in October last year.

France head coach Laurent Tillie decided to take only 13 players, although a minimum of 14 is allowed for the Finals. Among the 13-man roster of the “Les Bleus“, there are only one opposite hitter and one libero. It was known from earlier that, despite taking part in the preliminary round, the several stars like Jenia Grebennikov and Earvin Ngapeth will not play the Final Six in order to better prepare for the Qualifications for the 2020 Olympic Games.

On the other hand, Iran and Poland will have as much as 3 players on the opposite hitter’s position registered for the tournament in Chicago.

Speaking of Poland, they will not play the Final Six with the strongest squad, which was also the case in the preliminary round. The only major change compared to the roster that competed in the preliminary round is the entrance of Andrzej Wrona in the team instead of an injured Michał Szalacha.

Aaron Russell found himself in the USA’s roster for the first time this season. The head coach John Speraw decided to register 3 setters for the tournament and assigned the opposite hitter’s position to Matt Anderson, whose proper position is an outside hitter, but this was something that has been happening for a while.

These are all the rosters of the teams participating in the F6 of the 2019 VNL, listed according to the placement in the preliminary round:


Setters – Bruno Rezende, Fernando Kreling

Opposite hitters – Wallace Souza, Alan Souza

Outside hitters – Yoandy Leal, Douglas Souza, Ricardo Lucarelli, Maurício Borges

Middle blockers – Isac Santos, Éder Carbonera, Lucas Saatkamp, Flávio Gualberto

Liberos – Thales Hoss, Maique Nascimento


Setters – Saeid Marouf, Javad Karimi

Opposite hitters – Amir Ghafour, Mohammadjavad Manavinejad, Pourya Yali

Outside hitters – Milad Ebadipour, Farhad Ghaemi, Pourya Fayazi 

Middle blockers – Seyed Mousavi, Masoud Gholami, Aliasghar Mojarad, Ali Shafiei

Liberos – Mohammadreza Hazratpour, Mohammadreza Moazzen


Setters – Igor Kobzar, Dmitriy Kovalev

Opposite hitters – Denis Zemchenok, Viktor Poletaev

Outside hitters – Dmitriy Volkov, Egor Kliuka, Fedor Voronkov, Yaroslav Podlesnykh, Anton Semyshev

Middle blockers – Ilyas Kurkaev, Igor Filippov, Ivan Yakovlev

Liberos – Roman Martyniuk, Valentin Golubev


Setters – Benjamin Toniutti, Antoine Brizard

Opposite hitter – Jean Patry

Outside hitters – Trévor Clévenot, Thibault Rossard, Julien Lyneel, Kévin Tillie, Yacine Louati

Middle blockers – Kévin Le Roux, Barthélémy Chinenyeze, Daryl Bultor, Jonas Aguenier

Libero – Nicolas Rossard


Setters – Marcin Komenda, Marcin Janusz

Opposite hitters – Maciej Muzaj, Łukasz Kaczmarek, Bartłomiej Bołądź

Outside hitters – Bartosz Kwolek, Tomasz Fornal, Bartosz Bednorz, Piotr Łukasik

Middle blockers – Karol Kłos, Andrzej Wrona, Norbert Huber

Liberos – Jędrzej Gruszczyński, Jakub Popiwczak


Setters – Kawika Shoji, Micah Christenson, Micah Ma’a

Opposite hitters – Matthew Anderson, Benjamin Patch

Outside hitters – Aaron Russell, Taylor Sander, Thomas Jaeschke, Garrett Muagututia

Middle blockers – Jeffrey Jendryk, Maxwell Holt, David Smith, George Huhmann

Libero – Erik Shoji


Check out the schedule for Final Six and preliminary round standings



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