World No. 1 Brazil qualified for the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals for the 13th time and 11th time in the past 13 editions after beating Bulgaria 3-1 (25-12, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16). The win, Brazil’s 11th in 13 matches in this year’s World League, continued Brazil’s impressive World League record against Bulgaria which now stands at 18:3, including two 3-1 wins during the Intercontinental Round in Brasília.
Olympic champions Russia booked a spot in the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals for the eighth time – and third in four years – after beating Italy in a thrilling 3-1 (25-12, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20) encounter in the first semifinal of the 2013 edition on Saturday.
Russia, ranked second in the world, had won eight of the previous nine encounters across all tournaments with world No. 3 Italy’s 3-1 Intercontinental Round win this year their only victory since the 2008 World League.
Sunday’s 2013 World League bronze medal match between Italy and Bulgaria will take place at 16:30 (local time) followed by the final at 20:00 (local time) between Brazil and Russia.