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VNL 2021: all results of June 16

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Russia defeated Argentina 3-1 (25:19, 25:23, 21:25, 25:19) in the first match of Day 11 at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday. Led by Egor Kliuka (15 points), the winners ended Argentina’s winning streak that consisted of three matches and improved to 7-4, coming to a step from the top four in the charts.

Nicolas Uriarte (ARG): “It’s never nice to lose. We played a little bit better in the third set, we could show our game. But after that we were not able to keep this level. When you have some downs against teams like Russia the things go difficult. They served strong and that made a difference.

Igor Kobzar (RUS): “Argentina ire an uncomfortable opponent for us, they play a lot in defence. They save many balls and don’t make many mistakes. We were prepared for that. In the first two sets we solved our problems with service, but in the third set we made too many mistakes, which is why we lost it. But then we were able to get back on track.


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Serbia defeated Bulgaria in straight sets 3-0 (25:20, 25:17, 25:17). Marko Ivovic and Marko Podrascanin both scored 13 points for the winners, while the leading scorer for Bulgaria was Radoslav Parapunov also with 13 points.

Uros Kovacevic (SRB): “It was a very, very important victory for us, because we need to win every single game. Bulgaria are always strong and we always have good battles, but today we came to the court just to win, just to take every single point and we really did a good job. I think our serve was very important, because when we started to serve better they didn’t have a chance. It was our problem yesterday, because we didn’t serve well and we lost against Russia. Today we served really well and once we do that, we can play great volleyball.

Martin Atanasov (BUL): “It’s always difficult to play against Serbia, especially when they play with their top team. We missed a lot of our starting players during this tournament, so it’s really tough for us. We are trying to add some young blood, young players to our team, but of course at the beginning it’s always difficult. Against this kind of team, we are just trying to do what we can at the moment, but Serbia were much better today in every element, especially in serve.


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Slovenia recover after the previous night’s epic five-setter against Brazil and found their way back to victory with a four-set win over Australia.

Rok Mozic (Slovenia): “It was an important victory. Australia have a good team and we were a little bit tired from yesterday, from the game against Brazil, so I’m happy that after losing the first set we were good enough to play better in the next three sets and win for another three points which are important for the standings. Key to our victory were, in my opinion, service and breakpoints. We were serving really well and they were struggling with receptions on three meters or even more. We had a good defence and block and breakpoints and I think that’s how we won this match.

Luke Smith (Australia): “We definitely caught them by surprise. In the first set we really shot volleyball service, defence and attack. But as all good teams in the VNL it’s undoubtable that they will respond. And when they did we weren’t able to stay with them for an extended period of time. So the feeling is – proud of the progress that we are making every day, but it’s quite tough to not get awarded by points in the VNL. Yesterday’s victory was really important to raise the belief, but today’s loss is a little bit disappointing again, because like in the matches before we were not able to come away with any points.


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Poland advanced to 9-2 and remain in pursuit of the table leaders at the 2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League with yet another clear win, 3-0 over Japan. The Poland National Team taught Japan a lesson as they did not drain too much energy in this match, beating the rival in three sets, partially 25:14, 25:18, and 25:19, not allowing the Asian side to score a single point from the block or serve. This was the ninth victory for the team coached by Vital Heynen in the competition by which Japan’s chances of reaching the Final Four, which seemed realistic after a good start to the competition (beat Iran, Russia, and took one point to France) are very low. Tomasz Fornal top-scored Poland with 16 points. He had 75% digs (10/12).

Kenta Takanashi (Japan): “The way Poland served – so well and strong – is what we should aim to. So we struggled in reception. We were not able to perform well in reception and it’s one of the reasons why we lost today. Poland are always very active in all plays, they presented fantastic skills and we didn’t follow them.

Tomasz Fornal (Poland): “We still try to find the team for the Olympics, so we play every game with a different lineup. But the most important thing for us is to play well, and no matter how we play we win. Not every team wants to play with us with their strongest starting six, but we have to stay focused on our game and play as well as we can. Japan defend a lot, they play technical volleyball, but we also have many technical players in our squad, so we were prepared for this.


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Italy returned to victorious paths and advanced to 5-6 at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a four-set win over the Netherlands (25:19, 25:23, 23:25, 25:21). The teenage outside hitter Alessandro Michieletto (5 aces) and Francesco Recine (4 blocks) scored 20 points each for the winners.

Fabian Plak (The Netherlands): “Italy played a great game. They have a lot of talents on their squad. We were not able to give our emotions and energy, especially in the first two sets, but yesterday it had been a tough game against France.

Alessandro Michieletto (Italy): “I’m very happy that we won this difficult match. Nimir also played and he is a top player. Today we played very good volleyball and we are very happy about this victory, but tomorrow is another match and we have to focus on it. We served very well and I think it was the most important element in our game.


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Led by Sharone Vernon-Evans (15 points), Canada bagged their third victory and brought a five-match losing streak to an end at the competition with a solid sweep of Germany.

Linus Weber (Germany): “Our expectations were different, but if you look at the start of the game, there is a huge difference between how we have started with three mistakes in a row and after this we were running these mistakes all the set. Also in the second part we didn’t start well, but we fought hard in the third. It was a close set – it’s a good thing. We tried to use our energy, but we didn’t come back and at the end Canada played really good volleyball on a constant level.

Sharone Vernon-Evans (Canada): “It’s just amazing. Like we said yesterday we just came here and tried to compete and today it was in our fortune in our favour. We fought hard, we kept our foot on the pedal and kept on trying persevering in tough moments to keep this leading and keep fighting until the end. A key to victory? The reliance on tough points, keeping the ball in long rallies, trying to keep the ball off the floor, we made a good pressure on the block and forced them to narrow their game down on a specific side of the court, so it was easier to get our blocks set up. I feel that just blockers and defenders were all together.

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France bounced back from their defeat of the previous night against the Netherlands, by beating USA to stay alive in the race for the semifinals of the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Thus France earned the eighth victory in 11 matches, despite they had to work hard to overcome the rivals, which inflicted many wounds to the rival with its play on the net (14 blocks, 5 of which were made by Kyle Ensing). The team coached by Laurent Tillie did it in four sets, partially 25:23, 22:25, 31:29, and 25:22. Earvin Ngapeth scored 16 points on the winning side.

Thomas Jaeschke (USA): “When you play against France you know you are playing against a good team especially in defence. We did a good job not getting frustrated and continuing to play. The third set could have gone either way – we had our chances, they had theirs, but in the end they won this set and I think it was a kind of turning point of the match. Then we were down kind of immediately in the fourth and we couldn’t find our way back, so credit to them.

Benjamin Toniutti (France): “We are happy about this victory, because yesterday we lost 3-2 even if we were leading 2-0, so it’s good that we came back today and gained the victory. I think that today we served well, even if they also passed well. We didn’t make so many mistakes like we did yesterday, so it was important. I think that our service was a really good thing in our game, also defence, but we have to be better in counter-attack to be more effective. Tomorrow we have the last game of this week against Italy and I hope we will win this game.


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Brazil is getting closer and closer to securing not only the place in the semifinals, but also the top spot in the charts. The Olympic champion prevailed over Iran to claim the 10th win in the competition, the seventh in a row. Ricardo Lucarelli stood out in Brazil in the attack with 20 points, while Thales Hoss made 73.3% digs (13/15).

Milad Ebadipour (Iran): “It was a tough battle, because we played against Brazil, the best team in the world. I think all the teams in the world should respect them considering how many Olympic and world championship titles they have won. I think that we had our chances to win also other sets, like in the fourth set we played really good volleyball, but they pushed us a lot with the service and it was really difficult to pass the ball. They also had an amazing defence, we were giving our 100% hitting the ball, but they defended it – in my opinion it’s impossible to defend like this, but they do so.

Isac Santos (Brazil): “It was a hard match. Both teams fought hard. I have a impression that main thing was that we played every point like it is the last one. Every match is like the last one for us, so we are very eager to win every game. Tomorrow will be the same, we play against Australia and we do our best on the court.

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FIVB VNL 2021Results & Program

May 28, 2021
France – Bulgaria 3-0 (27:25, 25:21, 25:23)
Germany – Australia 3-0 (25:19, 25:18, 25:16)
Japan – Iran 3-0 (25:19, 25:22, 26:24)
Serbia – Slovenia 3-1 (22:25, 25:18, 36:34, 25:18)
The Netherlands – Russia 1-3 (19:25, 22:25, 25:18, 20:25)
USA – Canada 3-0 (25:17, 26:24, 25:20)
Poland – Italy 3-0 (25:19, 25:20, 25:18)
Brazil – Argentina 3-0 (31:29, 26:24, 25:16)
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May 29, 2021
Germany – France 2-3 (25:22, 22:25, 25:22, 16:25, 15:17)
Iran – Russia 1-3 (17:25, 25:20, 20:25, 17:25)
The Netherlands – Japan 2-3 (25:22, 25:23, 22:25, 17:25, 8:15)
Australia – Bulgaria 0:3 (21:25, 20:25, 20:25)
Poland – Serbia 3-1 (26:24, 25:19, 21:25, 25:15)
Italy – Slovenia 0-3 (23:25, 19:25, 15:25)
Argentina – Canada 0-3 (17:25, 21:25, 17:25)
USA – Brazil 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 19:25)
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May 30, 2021
Australia – France 1-3 (26:28, 25:20, 14:25, 23:25)
The Netherlands – Iran 0-3 (18:25 23:25, 28:30)
Germany – Bulgaria 3-2 (19:25, 25:21, 22:25, 30:28, 15:11)
Russia – Japan 2-3 (26:28, 28:26, 25:20, 21:25, 14:16)
USA – Argentina 3-1 (23:25, 25:21, 25:15, 25:19)
Canada – Brazil 1-3 (17:25, 20:25, 25:22, 25:27)
Poland – Slovenia 1-3 (22:25, 25:23, 19:25, 23:25)
Serbia – Italy 3-1 (25:23, 22:25, 25:22, 25:18)
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June 3, 2021
Germany – Argentina 2-3 (19:25, 25:23, 25:17, 23:25, 13:15)
Iran – Canada 3-1 (22:25, 25:22, 25:22, 25:22)
Japan – Serbia 1-3 (25:18, 23:25, 22:25, 13:25)
Brazil – France 0-3 (37:39, 18:25, 28:30)
The Netherlands – Slovenia 0-3 (18:25, 15:25, 18:25)
Australia – Poland 0-3 (16:25, 10:25, 12:25)
Italy – Bulgaria 3-2 (25:19, 20:25, 25:13, 23:25, 15:12)
Russia – USA 3-1 (25:22, 25:19, 17:25, 25:19)
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June 4, 2021
Argentina – Slovenia 0-3 (19:25, 22:25, 18:25)
The Netherlands – Germany 3-2 (25:18, 23:25, 25:20, 23:25, 15:13)
Brazil – Japan 3-0 (25:20, 25:16, 25:20)
Serbia – France 3-2 (22:25, 24:26, 25:22, 25:23, 15:9)
Iran – Italy 3-1 (26:24, 29:27, 21:25, 25:22)
Poland – USA 3-0 (25:17, 28:26, 25:17)
Russia – Australia 3-0 (25:19, 26:24, 25:21)
Canada – Bulgaria 3-0 (28:26, 25:23, 25:16)
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June 5, 2021
The Netherlands – Argentina 0-3 (19:25, 20:25, 23:25)
Slovenia – Germany 1-3 (25:19, 20:25, 21:25, 20:25)
France – Japan 3-2 (21:25, 25:22, 24:26, 25:21, 15:11)
Brazil – Serbia 3-1 (23:25, 25:23, 25:15, 25:22)
Russia – Poland 1-3 (25:21, 19:25, 19:25, 14:25)
USA – Australia 3-0 (25:23, 25:20, 25:17)
Bulgaria – Iran 0-3 (20:25, 31:33, 22:25)
Canada – Italy 2-3 (19:25, 21:25, 25:21, 28:26, 11:15)
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June 9, 2021
Serbia – Germany 3-1 (19:25, 25:22, 25:18, 25:15)
Japan – Australia 3-1 (25:18, 21:25, 28:26, 26:24)
France – Russia 3-1 (22:25, 25:18, 30:28, 25:19)
Slovenia – Canada 3-0 (25:22, 25:19, 25:22)
Argentina – Italy 0-3 (28:30, 21:25, 20:25)
Iran – USA 3-0 (25:19, 25-23, 25:23)
Poland – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:19, 25:15, 25:12)
The Netherlands – Brazil 0-3 (19:25, 22:25, 25:27)
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June 10, 2021
Serbia – Iran 3-2 (21:25, 25:15, 26:28, 25:22, 15:8)
Russia – Canada 3-1 (25:18, 25:18, 23:25, 25:23)
France – Slovenia 2-3 (25:17, 25:19, 23:25, 19:25, 9:15)
Argentina – Australia 3-0 (25:18, 25:19, 25:20)
Germany – USA 0-3 (12:25, 18:25, 27:29)
Bulgaria – Brazil 0-3 (16:25, 22:25, 12:25)
Japan – Italy 3-2 (21:25, 25:22, 22:25, 25:19, 15:9)
Poland – The Netherlands 3-0 (25:14, 25:17, 25:16)
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June 11, 2021
Iran – Germany 2-3 (25:23, 20:25, 19:25, 25:19, 13:15)
Slovenia – Russia 3-2 (19:25, 25:23, 22:25, 25:20, 15:8)
Japan – Argentina 1-3 (32:30, 16:25, 18:25, 21:25)
The Netherlands – Bulgaria 2-3 (18:25, 25:18, 25:17, 22:25, 13:15)
Australia – Italy 0-3 (20:25, 22:25, 14:25)
USA – Serbia 1-3 (23:25, 17:25, 25:19, 25:27)
Canada – France 1-3 (25:20, 21:25, 22:25, 17:25)
Poland – Brazil 0-3 (17:25, 26:28, 19:25)
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June 15, 2021
Russia – Serbia 3-1 (25:23, 25:22, 22:25, 25:21)
Iran – Australia 2-3 (23,25, 22:25, 25:23, 25:18, 12:15)
Argentina – Bulgaria 3-1 (25:20, 16:25, 25:18, 25:18)
Japan – Germany 3-0 (25:18, 25:22, 25:20)
Italy – USA 0-3 (15:25, 18:25, 21:25)
Canada – Poland 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 19:25)
Brazil – Slovenia 3-2 (15:25, 25:22, 19:25, 25:13, 15:12)
The Netherlands – France 3-2 (15:25, 22:25, 28:26, 25:23, 19:17)
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👉🏼 June 16, 2021
Argentina – Russia 1-3 (19:25, 23:25, 25:21, 19:25)
Serbia – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:20, 25:17, 25:17)
Slovenia – Australia 3-1 (18:25, 25:18, 25:18, 25:17)
Japan – Poland 0-3 (14:25, 18:25, 19:25)
The Netherlands – Italy 1-3 (19:25, 23:25, 25:23, 21:25)
Canada – Germany 3-0 (25:17, 26:24, 25:21)
USA – France 1-3 (23:25, 25:22, 29:31, 22:25)
Iran – Brazil 1-3 (19:25, 25:23, 19:25, 21:25)

👉🏼 Standings: Brazil 29, Poland 27, France 25, Slovenia 23, Russia 23, Serbia 22, Iran 18, Japan 16, USA 15, Italy 14, Argentina 14, Germany 13, Canada 10, Bulgaria 7, Netherlands 6, Australia 2
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June 17, 2021
Argentina – Serbia 3-0 (27:25, 25:20, 26:24)
Bulgaria – Russia 0-3 (17:25, 22:25, 17:25)
Japan – Canada 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 18:25)
Australia – Brazil 0-3 (17:25, 22:25, 12:25)
Iran – Slovenia 1-3 (25:14, 20:25, 19:25, 30:32)
The Netherlands – USA 2-3 (25:21, 17:25, 25:23, 15:25, 13:15)
France – Italy 2-3 (19:25, 25:22, 20:25, 25:21, 12:15)
Germany – Poland 0-3 (22:25, 19:25, 20:25)
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June 21, 2021
Australia – Serbia 1-3 (16:25, 13:25, 25:19, 15:25)
Japan – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:23, 25:18, 25:14)
France – Iran 3-0 (25:21, 25:21, 25:19)
Canada – The Netherlands 3-0 (25:16, 25:16, 25:19)
Brazil – Italy 3-1 (25:19, 32:30, 22:25, 25:20)
Slovenia – USA 3-2 (28:30, 25:19, 21:25, 28:26, 15:13)
Poland – Argentina 3-0 (25:21, 25:22, 25:18)
Germany – Russia 1-3 (18:25, 18:25, 25:23, 15:25)
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June 22, 2021
Canada – Australia 3-0 (25:17, 25:8, 25:20)
Serbia – The Netherlands 3-2 (25:21, 21:25, 25:18, 21:25, 17:15)
Bulgaria – USA 0-3 (19:25, 24:26, 9:25)
Iran – Poland 0-3 (20:25, 20:25, 16:25)
Japan – Slovenia 0-3 (16:25, 16:25, 26:28)
France – Argentina 3-0 (26:24, 25:21, 25:22)
Brazil – Germany 3-0 (25:21, 25:21, 25:23)
Russia – Italy 3-2 (25:21, 16:25, 25:17, 19:25, 15:12)
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June 23, 2021
Australia – The Netherlands 0-3 (23:25, 19:25, 19:25)
Canada – Serbia 3-2 (17:25, 21:25, 25:17, 25:20, 17:15)
USA – Japan 3-0 (25:21, 25:23, 25:20)
France – Poland 3-2 (25:22, 21:25, 22:25, 25:20, 15:11)
Iran – Argentina 1-3 (31:33, 23:25, 32:30, 18:25)
Slovenia – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:18)
Italy – Germany 3-2 (25:12, 24:26, 25:22, 21:25, 15:13)
Brazil – Russia 0-3 (21:25, 26:28, 20:25)
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June 26, 2021
Semifinal 1: Brazil – France 3-0 (25:20, 25:18, 25:19)
Semifinal 2: Poland – Slovenia 3-0 (25:22, 25:21, 25:23)
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June 27, 2021
Final 3/4: France – Slovenia 3-0 (25:20, 25:18, 25:19)
Final 1/2: Brazil – Poland 3-1 (22:25, 25:23, 25:16, 25:14)
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