22. 06. 2019

VNL 2019 M: Poletaev and Leal make admirable attack success rates, leading Russia and Brazil to wins in Pool 16

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Russia started Week 4 of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14) win against Germany in Pool 16, in Cuiabá, Brazil.


By beating Germany at Week 4 opening in Pool 16 in Cuiabá, Brazil, the national team of Russia (8-2; 23 points) returned to the zone in the charts that might qualify them to the Final Six. On the other hand, Germany have lost the fifth successive 2019 VNL match (2-8; 6 points).

The “Zbornaya” was on a high level in the service, making 7 aces compared to none from their rivals. Yaroslav Podlesnykh was the most prominent player of Russia in this segment with 4 aces.

Russia opposite hitter Viktor Poleatev scored game-high 19 points, making 80% attack success rate (16/29). Simon Hirsch notched 12 points for Germany.


By beating Bulgaria at home in Cuiabá, Brazil (9-1; 25 points) came very close from booking Final Six ticket. These two will also meet in the Qualifications for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in August.

The Cuban-born Yoandy Leal made his national team debut in front of the Brazilian crowd, finishing the match as the most prolific player of the “Seleção” with 15 points and 84.6% attack success rate (11/13)! Tsvetan Sokolov notched 14 for Bulgaria (3-7; 8 points), while Teodor Todorov made 5 kill blocks.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 4 – Day 1:

Pool 13 (Hoffman Estates, United States):

Canada – China 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17)

USA- Japan 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-19)

Pool 14 (Milano, Italy):

Poland – Argentina 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 25-27, 20-25, 19-17)

Italy – Serbia 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-22)

Pool 15 (Ardabil, Iran):

France – Australia 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22)

Iran – Portugal 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-17, 25-18)

Pool 16 (Cuiabá, Brazil):

Germany – Russia 1-3 (25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 14-25)

Brazil – Bulgaria 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14)




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1 Comments about "VNL 2019 M: Poletaev and Leal make admirable attack success rates, leading Russia and Brazil to wins in Pool 16"

22.06.2019 | 12:44 |   Antonio [unregistered]

What about scarse reception of Leal? Took 6 aces suring the match.... What about services mistakes? So he made 11 points in attack but gave away directly 8!!! Great score, 2 positive.....

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