Led by the middle blocker Isaac Santos, who top-scored with 13 points through 100% attack (10/10!) in a straight-set win against Tunisia in Hiroshima, Brazil kept their unbeaten run of eight games (no defeat). Brazil’s head coach Renan rested to Bruninho, Leal, Lucarelli, Lucão and Mauricio Souza but the play of the Olympic champions did not suffer: 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-13).
Brazil’s nearest followers in the charts Poland (7-1) were even more brutal against much stronger rivals than Tunisia. The team coached by Vital Heynen recorded a clear win against Australia, leaving rivals in single digits in the third set: 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-9). The Belgian expert did not put that many players aside as Renan. Heynen gave a day off to León but sent Kubiak and Kurek on the court from the start of the match. The latter was Poland’s top scorer with 13 points.
The USA fought off a scare from their NORCECA rivals Canada: 3-2 (21-25, 25-11, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13) to stay in third place in the standings (6-2). “Wounds” which John Speraw’s guys sustained a day before against Brazil when they lost the title battle were visible today but the USA emerged victorious thanks to Matthew Anderson’s 20 points and Mitchell Stahl’s 6 kill blocks. On the other side, Nicholas Hoag tallied 18 points but the one who impressed was Daniel Jansen Vandoorn. He set up as much as 9 kill blocks!
Japan prevailed over Egypt in a thrilling encounter (3-2: 25-14, 18-25, 25-23, 28-30, 15-13) to keep the position No.4 (6-2) on the table and medal chances alive. Yuki Ishikawa shined for the winning side with 24 points. Yuji Nishida served 5 aces.
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