10. 08. 2019

OQT M: USA cruise to 3-0 win over Korea, recovered Abdel-Aziz leads Netherlands past Belgium

Source: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com; Photo: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com

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The U.S. national team swept South Korea by a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16) on Day 2 in Pool B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

After sweeping South Korea, whose players seemed to have lost most of their energy a day before in a tie-breaker against the Pool B hosts, the USA set up a showdown for the Olympic ticket with the Dutch side tomorrow.

Aaron Russell top-scored for the USA for the second match in a row, putting down 12 points. Shin Yung-Suk made 10 for Korea.

 

The team coached by an Italian expert Roberto Piazza have taken a big step towards the Tokyo Olympics with the 3-0 win over neighbors Belgium. But, in order to place themselves in the event in the Japanese capital, the Dutch side will have to outplay one of the strongest Volleyball nations in the world, the United States.

Good news for the Dutch fans was that the calf injury of their star player Nimir Abdel-Aziz was not so serious. He left the match against Korea, yesterday, at the end of the third set and never came back. He was his team’s most prolific player with 21 points. Tomas Rousseaux noted 9 for the “Red Dragons”.

FIVB Men’s Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 2:

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):

Brazil – Egypt 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-14)

Puerto Rico - Bulgaria 0-3 (20-25, 22-25, 12-25)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):

Belgium – Netherlands 0-3 (22-25, 21-25, 20-25)

USA - South Korea 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16)

POOL C (Bari, Italy):

Serbia - Cameroon 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-13)

Australia - Italy 2-3 (25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 17-25, 13-15)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):

Poland – France 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20)

Tunisia - Slovenia 0-3 (23-25, 16-25, 24-26)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):

Iran – Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 27-25)

Russia - Cuba 3-0 (25-18, 26-25, 27-25)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):

Finland – Argentina 1-3 (17-25, 18-25, 25-21, 24-26)

China – Canada 2-3 (26-24, 21-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-17)

Standings

 

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