10. 06. 2021

VNL M: Slovenia breaks French spell, Podraščanin ties VNL single-game blocking record

Source: en.volleyballworld.com; Photo: FIVB/odbojka.si

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Slovenia staged a huge comeback against France on Day 8 of the 2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League.

 

In an exciting match of the eighth round of the 2021 Men’s VNL in the Rimini bubble (Italy) in which they came back from two sets down, the Slovenia National Team beat France to consolidate at the top four in the charts. Slovenia broke the French spell given that it lost all matches at major tournaments against this rival since 2015. Rok Možič led the winning side with 20 points. Klemen Čebulj set up 4 blocks.

Serbia broke the resistance of Iran after five sets. The team coached by Vladimir Alekno was up by 1-0 and 2-1 in sets, but the reigning European champion managed to turn it around and win two points: 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 26-28, 25-22, 15-7). Dražen Luburić top-scored Serbia with 23 points, while Marko Podraščanin made 8 blocks by which he tied the competition single-game record in this segment set by American Maxwell Holt in 2019.

2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League – Day 8:

Serbia – Iran 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 26-28, 25-22, 15-7)

Russia – Canada 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23)

France – Slovenia 2-3 (25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 19-25, 9-15)

Argentina – Australia 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-20)

Germany – USA 0-3 (12-25, 18-25, 27-29)

Bulgaria – Brazil 0-3 (16-25, 22-25, 12-25)

Japan – Italy, 7:30 p.m. CET

Poland – Netherlands, 9:30 p.m. CET

Standings

 

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