WorldCup: Poland destroy Italy, Brazil remain unbeaten
World champions Poland defeated Italy in straight sets on Day 5 of the 2019 FIVB World Volleyball Cup in Japan (25:18, 25:18, 25:22) in Fukuoka, recording the fourth victory in five matches (12 points, third place in the standings). The Cuban-born Leon was once again top scorer of the match with 15 points while Dutch-born Dick Kooy and Oreste Cavuto scored 12 apiece for Italy, who are currently 10th placed (2-3) out of 12 teams at the round-robin tournament.
Brazil claim their fifth straight victory (no defeat) as they downed Iran in four sets (25:27, 25:21, 27:25, 25:22) in Nagano. Iran set off the match on the right foot, driven by young forces that took the U21 World Championship title this summer, Amirhossein Esfandiar and Porya Yali. The latter was Iran’s top scorer today with 25 points! However, thanks to Yoandy Leal and Alan Souza (both scored 16 points), Brazil turned the course of the match into their favor to remain unbeaten and at the top of the standings (5-0) with the maximum of 15 points.
In the match against Tunisia in Fukuoka, the USA’s head coach John Speraw gave the chance to players usually on the bench, leaving starters such as Matthew Anderson, Maxwell Holt, Micah Christenson and few more on the bench the whole time. Mitchell Stahl scored 10 points of which 5 came from the block, leading his team to a straight-set victory without lot of difficults: 3-0 (25:10, 25:18, 25:17). Hamza Nagga scored 13 for the African side, still winless (0-5), while USA settled just behind Brazil in the standings with 4-1 and 13 points.
Egypt showed against Russia that winning the first two matches in the tournament against Australia and Iran was not a coincidence but could not withstand rivals bombing from a service line. Russia served as much as 15 aces in four sets (25:19, 21:25, 25:19, 25:21) victory in Nagano of which Ivan Iakovlev was author of 5. Yaroslav Podlesnykh scored 17 points on the winning side while Ahmed Shafik scored 14 for Egypt. By interrupting the losing streak of two matches, Russia returned into the battle for the title (3-2, 9 points and fifth place in the standings).
On the other matches, Canada beat Australia in four sets, while the hosts Japan prevailed over Argentina with the same results.
2019 FIVB World Volleyball Cup – Day 5:
Russia – Egypt 3-1 (25:19, 21:25, 25:19, 25:21)
Italy –Poland 0-3 (18:25, 18:25, 22:25)
Iran – Brazil 1-3 (27:25, 21:25, 25:27, 22:25)
USA – Tunisia 3-0 (25:10, 25:18, 25:17)
Canada – Australia 3-1 (18:25, 28:26, 25:20, 25:22)
Argentina – Japan 1-3 (19:25, 20:25, 28:26, 22:25)
Source and photos: worldcup.2019.fivb.com