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VNL M: Russia beats Serbia to stay in contention for Final Four, Australia shocks Iran and earns first win

by WoV

The Russia National Team ended Serbia’s winning streak in the 2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League in Rimini (Italy).

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Serbia had a chance to open the doors of the semifinals wide by beating Russia but ‘Zbornaya’ was on a high level at the start of the fourth week (Day 10) of the 2021 Men’s VNL: 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21). This was a match for the Russians from the category of do-or-die, in which they reacted perfectly, recorded the sixth win, and remained in contention for the semifinals. Maxim Mikhaylov pulled ‘Zbornaya’ to success with 23 points. Ilyas Kurkaev had 4 blocks.

Australia made Iran’s way to the semifinals rocky by prevailing in a thrilling five-setter. It was far from a quality match given nearly 70 errors were committed combined. Trent O’Dea top-scored ‘Volleyroos’, who achieved their maiden win in the VNL 2021, with 17 points but through only 28.9% efficiency. He included 4 blocks in his scoring output, just as Nehemiah Mote.

2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League – Day 10 (Week 4):

Russia – Serbia 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21)

Iran – Australia 2-3 (23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 12-15)

Argentina – Bulgaria 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 25-18, 25-18)

Japan – Germany 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-20)

Italy – USA 0-3 (15-25, 18-25, 21-25)

Canada – Poland, 6 p.m. CET

Brazil – Slovenia, 7:30 p.m. CET

Netherlands – France, 9 p.m. CET

Standings

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