Day 1 at the 2019 FIVB World Volleyball Cup in Japan was full with surprising results!
First, the hosts Japan made the biggest upset at the start of the competion, recording a clear victory over the weakened Italian team, who came to the event without players like Zaytsev, Juantorena, and Piano. However, the match does not diminish the succeds of Japan in the match that was played in Fukuoka: 3-0 (25:17, 25:19, 25:21).
The home team had an absolute leader on the court, Yuki Ishikawa, who scored 19 points through a 76.2% attack success rate (16/21)! The debutant in Italy National Team, the Dutch-born Dick Kooy, was the top scorer on the other side, along with Gabriele Nelli, with 12 points.
Then, Argentina stunned the defending champions USA in Fukuoka, and despite coming to the World Cup with a roster that is a mix of the 2019 Pan American Cup silver medalists and some more experienced players who were involved in booking the ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Argentina National Team beat the United States at tie break (25:21, 25:20, 19:25, 21:25, 15:12). USA brought their best team, which really makes this defeat quite a real upset.
Martín Ramos led Argentina to the revenge over the rivals for a defeat in the final match of the previous edition of the tournament with 20 points (73.9% attack – 17/23), while Aaron Russell scored 18 for the USA.
Despite having trained only once prior to the World Cup, Russia beat the almost strongest possible Iran in four sets (25:21, 25:18, 24:26, 25:22). Both teams came to the event in Japan after completing exhausting continental championships. However, Iran National Team was far more successful, winning the gold medal, while Russia was eliminated in the quarter-finals. The european side came to the World Cup with an alternative team without Butko, Mikhailov and Volkov, while Iran only miss starting middle blocker Seyed Mousavi who stayed home due to injury. However, Russia proved to be a better rival in the match that was played in Nagano. Yaroslav Podlesnykh was top scorer of the match with 18 points (just as Iran’s Milad Ebadipour), while Ivan Iakovlev made 6 winning blocks.
On the other matches, without Wallace in the roster, Brazil swept Canada in straight sets. Egypt shocked Australia (3-1), while Poland (without any of the 14 players from the 2019 EuroVolley, but with Kurek in the roster after a long time) easily downed Tunisia.
2019 FIVB World Volleyball Cup – Day 1:
Australia – Egypt 1-3 (22:25, 25:21, 23:25, 18:25)
USA – Argentina 2-3 (21:25, 20:25, 25:19, 25:21, 12:15)
Russia – Iran 3-1 (25:21, 25:18, 24:26, 25:22)
Poland – Tunisia 3-0 (25:16, 25:23, 25:12)
Brazil – Canada 3-0 (25:14, 25:22, 25:14)
Japan – Italy 3-0 (25:17, 25:19, 25:21)
Source and photos: worldcup.2019.fivb.com