15. 10. 2019

WC 2019 M: Poland reach silver, USA claim bronze, Brazil’s opposite Alan named MVP

Source: worldcup.2019.fivb.com; Photo: worldcup.2019.fivb.com

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Poland and the USA joined Brazil as medal winners at the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World League in Japan.

 

Brazil secured the gold medal in the penultimate round yesterday and played Italy only for the sake of prestige. However, the “Seleção“ did not want to spoil their perfect record and beat the rivals in straights sets for the 11th win: 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-15). Isac Sants led Brazil, who was represented by backups today, with 14 points (5 aces).

Poland recorded one of the easiest wins against fierce rivals Iran in recent years and claimed the silver medal: 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16). Although matches between these two sides often contain provocations and tension, this time everything went well. Surprisingly, Poland’s head coach Heynen decided not to appear at the medal award ceremony in Hiroshima, trying to arrive in Italy as soon as possible in order to be officially presented as head coach Sir Safety Conad Perugia. Wilfredo León top-scored for Poland with 17 points (4 kill blocks).

Led by Matthew Anderson, who tallied 17 points and Mitchell Stahl, who served 6 aces, the USA beat Egypt by a 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-13) and reached the bronze medal. The North American side could have won the silver medal as well, but Poland’s win, later on, took that chance away from them.

Standings

As for the individual awards, Brazil’s opposite hitter Alan Souza was named Most Valuable Player.

Individual awards:

Best Opposite Hitter: Yuji Nishida (Japan)

Best Setter: Micah Christenson (USA)

Best Outside Hitters: Wilfredo León (Poland), Yuki Ishikawa (Japan)

Best Middle Blockers: Maxwell Holt (USA), Lucas Saatkamp “Lucão“ (Brazil)

Best Libero: Thales Hoss (Brazil)

MVP: Alan Souza (Brazil)

 

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