3 December 2021

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VNL 2021: all results of June 17

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Argentina have defeated Serbia in the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday to ruin their plan for reaching the Final Four. Of course, Serbia is still in the race, but now will be much more difficult for them. Facundo Conte was the top scorer of the match with 14 points.

Facundo Conte (ARG): “It was an important game for us. It was one of the last games we are playing here at the VNL. We are preparing for the Olympics, so I’m really happy about this win. A key was our reception, we managed to work really well in this skill. We have great setters, so we could play really fast, we played really well and we were also aggressive sometimes. We were not the worst losing yesterday against Russia, and we are not the best beating Serbia, but it’s a step forward to what we want to play, and how we want to play. I’m very happy about our team spirit and winning always helps o get the right mood, spirit and mentality of the team. So let’s keep going.

Marko Podrascanin (SRB): “Congratulations to Argentina. They played really well and I think that if we play three days, three games against them, they will win every game. They served really well, they received very well. Usually against them in the past we made a big difference with service, but today they received very well, so they won this game, because they played much better. It was a really important game for us, but we didn’t start the game the right way. We could have won the first set, we had set points, but we didn’t manage to score. There is nothing to hide if you play a bad game like we did today, you just congratulate the other team. I hope that we will finish this tournament, a difficult tournament, with three more victories, because we are still in the quest for the Final Four.”

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Russia have achieved a new victory by beating Bulgaria in straight sets to keep the chance for the Final Four. Dmitry Volkov was the top scorer with 14 points while Victor Poletaev also contributed with 13 for the winners.

Asparuh Asparuhov (BUL): “It’s always difficult to play against such a physical team like Russia. It was tight. At one moment we were playing point-by-point, because we were able to receive the ball well and do something in attack. But once they were making good serves and we were not able to receive them properly, we had problems in attack.”

Igor Kobzar (RUS): “We are happy that we won, because if you see the standings and our ranking you can see how important it is for us to win every game. Our position is now totally different to before. The game itself was kind of easy, because the Bulgarian team have many young players. But the most important thing is that we won this game 3-0. Today it was decided on one skill, we dominated in every skill – serve, attack, block, defence, reception it all worked well, we showed complete volleyball.

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Canada scored a 3-0 win over Japan, but both teams have lost chances to compete for the Final Four tournament. Joseph Sclater was the top scorer with 16 points in Canada, while Yuki Ishikawa had 12 points on the other side.

Yuki Ishikawa (Japan): “Our sideout, which was a thing we were supposed to perform well, was not working today. In addition, Canada served really well and very efficiently, so we had to score our points on transition – but we didn’t manage to do so and this is one of the reasons why we lost this game.”

John Gordon Perrin (Canada): “I’m happy about the way my team fought today. We have pointed out the way we want to play so far in the VNL, we have a lot to work on, but I feel it’s a step forward in this match. Week 4 was pretty tough, we haven’t our best volleyball so far, but in the games against Germany and Japan we played better in smaller skills in the game and we were able to win.”

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Brazil has recorded the 11th victory to keep first place in the standings at the competition. Mauricio Borges and Isac Santos were the top scorers among the winners with 11 points each, while Douglas Correira de Souza scored 10. For Australia, Luke Smith ended the match with 11 points.

Luke Perry (Australia): “I think the difference in the end was experience. The first two sets we played okay. I think just one or two plays in defence. To Brazil’s credit they played very well in defence and at the end of the second set we lost one or two balls, and to the best team in the world you cannot give away small errors like this.”

Mauricio Silva (Brazil): “This victory is very important for our team. We have a great group of players – if someone is needed, he enters the court and he tries to be perfect. We played well in many elements – in serve, defence. Everyone was ready to play and give his best and it’s our greatest strength. We have not only six players, but the entire group is very strong.”

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Slovenia came back from a set down and improved their chances at a ticket to the Final Four of the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 win over Iran after a thrilling fourth set.
Led by Klemen Čebulj (21 points), Slovenia jumped to third place in the charts. Defeats of Serbia and France went in the favor of EuroVolley runner-up after which it remained in a good position to progress to the final tournament.

Saeid Marouf (Iran): “We need our best and we tried until the last point of the game, but in the important moments they started to defend better. Slovenia is one of the best teams in the tournament, they have a great chance to qualify to the Final Four.

Tine Urnaut (Slovenia): “It was a very important victory for us today. I’m very happy, because after the first set, when we didn’t start well, we managed to change our mentality, approach, energy in the second set and from then it was still uphill but we were fighting, we were aggressive, we played in all elements like we are used to. And the last set was a really amazing thriller and I’m happy that we managed to play calm and consistently even in the most important moments. Our expectation ahead of the last week of the round robin is to play every match as well as we can, on the highest possible level. We only think about the next upcoming match, after three days of rest we need to get our energy back and we will focus on our next opponents, and only think about one ball, one set one match and that’s it.


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USA were pushed to the limit, but found a way to defeats the Netherlands, who played without its top scorer Nimir Abdel-Aziz, in five sets and advance to 6-6 in competition. Taylor Sander (4 aces) and Garrett Muagututia tallied 21 points each for the winners.

Thijs Ter Horst (The Netherlands): “It was a great battle against a very strong team. Too bad for us that it didn’t work out in the end, but I think it was a good step and we can still learn from this night. I think it’s important that we keep playing. We know that teams like USA are going to make great points, so you can stay and keep thinking about a great point they made or you can think on the next ball and how to solve it – and this is what we did very well. We kept playing like keeping up the level with them, but unfortunately we didn’t win.

Taylor Sander (USA): “It was not an easy game. I think a lot of us were a little bit tired, but I think we responded well, we started to play better. We just started really slow, with no energy – I don’t know what the problem was, but then we got a little bit better. And I think that something that’s important for us is that we started badly, we had no energy, but we were able to fight back. We weren’t playing well, so it’s important for us to find ways to win when we are not playing well and we were able to do that. Our goal after we lost the first set was to find something to motivate us and to play hard.


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Italy played a great game against France at the closing of the fourth week of the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Italy claimed a tie-break victory against France, who was the favorite in a duel even though it played without Earvin Ngapeth, who remained in the stands. The young italian team showed further signs of growth and held up against a team in the run for the Final Four, qualifying to which has become very complicated to it after this setback. Gabriele Nelli was the top scorer among the winners with 21 points, while Luca Spirito and Lorenzo Cortesia set up 4 blocks each.

Antoine Brizard (France): “It was a tough game, Italy played well. They made a difference with their serving, as we struggled in reception and it was hard to stop them. We are also struggling physically because we are working hard for the Olympics, so they had an opportunity and they used it. It was a good game for them.”

Gabriele Nelli (Italy): “It was a really good match and we are very happy about this victory. We stayed focused and we played a really good match with a powerful team on a very high level. Our service was our main weapon against France, but we also performed really well in the block. Victory over France is even more important, because it’s like a derby for us and we always want to beat them.”

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Poland finished the fourth week of the tournament with all three victories and without losing a single set. The latest victim of the world champion was Germany in a match in which Bartosz Kurek was the top scorer with 16 points.

Christian Fromm (Germany): “I think we played pretty well, but the point is that they played even better. They had some chances to do some breakpoints and they did it. When we had even a good defence, we were not clever enough or not lucky enough to score the point. I think it was a good match, but even better for them.

Piotr Nowakowski (Poland): “Germany played today a really nice game. They served really well and we were a little bit surprised with their starting six that went out to the court, but we won so it’s good for us. Now we have three days off and I hope we will use it well.

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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)
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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)

👉🏼 Standings: Brazil 32, Poland 30, Slovenia 26, Russia 26, France 26, Serbia 22, Iran 18, USA 17, Argentina 17, Italy 16, Japan 16, Canada 13, Germany 13, The Netherlands 7, Bulgaria 7, Australia 2.
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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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