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VNL 2022 – winning debut for Iran, USA, Serbia and Germany

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In the European night, starting whistle for 2022 FIVB Nations League.

On competition Day 1 in Brazil’s capital of Brasília, two national teams that are unquestionably among the favorites to win the competition went face to face.
In the match valid for Pool 1’s opening day, the United States National Team proved stronger than Slovenia with a clear and indisputable straight sets win (25:19, 25:19, 25:14).
This was only the second time in history that these two rivals faced off in a major international competition. Last year, in a VNL Preliminary Round encounter in Italy, the team from the European country came out on top 3-2. Today, the U.S. National Team swept them, being especially dominant in team blocking (14-4). Aaron Russell and Kyle Ensing top-scored the winning side with 14 points apiece, with the former making 4 blocks, while David Smith added one block more.

In the same pool, Iran defeated China 3-1 (25:15, 19:25, 25:22, 25:15) in Asian derby, with a very good performance from the service line (14 aces!). Iran’s outside hitter Morteza Sharifi led all scorers with 20 points, including 4 aces. Saber Kazemi had the same number of points obtained from the service.

About Pool 2 in Ottawa, Canada, Serbia defeat Bulgaria by 3-1 (19:25 25:19, 25:22, 25:20) despite a great performance in blocking for Nikolay Jeliazkov side (15 points from this element). After a challenging opening set, the squad led by the returnee on the national team bench, Igor Kolaković, bounced back to start their campaign on a high note. Youthful Serbian team displayed steely nerves as they dropped the opening set after losing the first 8 points, and getting blocked 8 times in the first 18 points! Miran Kujundžić was the top scorer on the winning side with 19 points, 6 from serving.

On the same Pool, three points also for Germany, who defeat the hosts Canada in straight sets (25:19, 25:20, 30:28) with 18 points of captain Christian Fromm, Thus the Polish expert Michał Winiarski debuted successfully in his new role.

🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Germany 3
USA 3
Serbia 3
Iran 3
Poland 0
Japan 0
France 0
Italy 0
Brazil 0
Australia 0
Bulgaria 0
The Netherlands 0
China 0
Slovenia 0
Argentina 0
Canada 0

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June 07, 2022

👉🏼 Pool 1 – Week 1 – Brasilia 🇧🇷
• 18:00 (Local Time) China – Iran 1-3 (15:25, 25:19, 22:25, 15:25)

Pool 2 – Week 1 – Ottawa 🇨🇦
• 16:30 (Local Time) Bulgaria – Serbia 1-3 (25:19, 19:25, 22:25, 25:20)

• 19:30 (Local Time) Canada – Germany 0-3 (19:25, 20:25, 28:30)

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June 08, 2022

Pool 1 – Week 1 – Brasilia 🇧🇷
• 21:00 (Local Time) Slovenia – USA 0-3 (19:25, 19:25, 14:25)

• 18:00 (Local Time) Japan – The Netherlands 3-1 (22:25, 26:24, 25:22, 25:17)

Pool 2 – Week 1 – Ottawa 🇨🇦
• 16:30 (Local Time) Poland – Argentina 3-0 (25:21, 25:22, 25:23)
• 19:30 (Local Time) France – Italy 3-0 (25:22, 26:24, 25:19)

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June 09, 2022

Pool 1 – Week 1 – Brasilia 🇧🇷
21:00 (Local Time) Brazil – Australia 3-0 (25:14, 25:18, 25:21)
15:00 (Local Time) Japan – China 3-1 (21:25, 25:19, 25:19, 25:18)
18:00 (Local Time) The Netherlands – USA 0-3 (12:25, 18:25, 16:25)

Pool 2 – Week 1 – Ottawa 🇨🇦
11:00 (Local Time) Germany – Argentina 1-3 (25:18, 22:25, 17:25, 20:25)
16:30 (Local Time) Serbia – France 1-3 (25:21, 22:25, 23:25, 23:25)
19:30 (Local Time) Poland – Italy 1-3 (25:21, 23:25, 20:25, 20:25)

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June 10, 2022

Pool 1 – Week 1 – Brasilia 🇧🇷
• 21:00 (Local Time) Brazil – Slovenia 3-1 (25:21, 21:25, 25:20, 25:16)
• 15:00 (Local Time) The Netherlands – Iran 3-0 (26:24, 25:21, 25:21)
• 18:00 (Local Time) Japan – USA 2-3 (25:17, 15:25, 21:25, 28:26, 9:15)

Pool 2 – Week 1 – Ottawa 🇨🇦
• 11:00 (Local Time) Serbia – Argentina 3-2 (25:16, 25:18, 18:25, 12:25, 15:6)
• 16:30 (Local Time) Bulgaria – Germany 2-3 (20:25, 25:22, 16:25, 25:20, 10:15)
• 19:30 (Local Time) France – Canada 3-0 (25:16, 25:23, 25:21)

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June 11, 2022

Pool 1 – Week 1 – Brasilia 🇧🇷
• 21:00 (Local Time) Australia – Slovenia 0-3 (22:25, 20:25, 21:25)
• 15:00 (Local Time) USA – Brazil 3-1 (21:25, 27:25, 25:20, 25:20)
• 18:00 (Local Time) Slovenia – China 3-1 (25:18, 25:20, 18:25, 27:25)

Pool 2 – Week 1 – Ottawa 🇨🇦
• 13:00 (Local Time) Germany – Serbia 3-2 (27:25, 25:27, 18:25, 28:26, 18:16)
• 16:00 (Local Time) Bulgaria – Poland 0-3 (19:25, 19:25, 23:25)
• 19:00 (Local Time) Canada – Italy 0-3 (21:25, 18:25, 19:25)

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June 12, 2022

Pool 1 – Week 1 – Brasilia 🇧🇷
• 21:00 (Local Time) Iran – Australia 3-1 (25:14, 25:22, 18:25, 25:15)
• 10:00 (Local Time) Brazil – China 0-3 (23:25, 29:31, 23:25)
• 13:00 (Local Time) Iran – Japan 0-3 (20:25, 14:25, 19:25)
• 16:00 (Local Time) The Netherlands – Australia 3-0 (25:20, 25:15, 25:23)

Pool 2 – Week 1 – Ottawa 🇨🇦
• 11:00 (Local Time) France – Poland 1-3 (25:21, 22:25, 21:25, 22:25)
• 14:00 (Local Time) Argentina – Italy 1-3 (20:25, 21:25, 25:16, 28:30)
• 17:00 (Local Time) Bulgaria – Canada 2-3 (18:25, 18:25, 26:24, 25:21, 11:15)

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