13. 07. 2019

VNL F6 M: USA sweep Russia’s bench players to go to semis as pool leaders

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The Final Six hosts USA prevailed over defending champions Russia in a battle for the top spot in Pool A as both sides had already qualified for the semifinals of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League.

 

Given that, just like the USA's, his players also secured a spot in the semifinals prior to the mutual encounter (both sides beat France), Russia’s head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo introduced his bench players. On the other side, John Speraw put seven Olympians as starters which turned to be crucial in the win of the North Americans of 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-20).

USA beat “Zbornaya” in the VNL only in the fourth attempt. Actually, prior to the match in Chicago, Russia are the only rivals in the tournament against which the USA have not won a single set.

Thomas Jaeschke top-scored for the USA with 13 points. Fedor Voronkov was the only player in double digits in Russia, who did not serve a single ace in the match (the USA made 5), with 10 points.

2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Final Six – Day 4:

Brazil – Iran 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 20-25, 15-10)

USA – Russia 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-20)

Standings

Semifinals (July 14):

Poland vs. Russia (00:00 C.E.T.)

USA vs. Brazil (03:00 C.E.T.)

 

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