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VNL 2022: USA first semifinalist! Brazil defeated in four sets!

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Crown falls from heads of Brazil! – USA become first semi-finalists.
The first quarter-final match of the Final 8 of the 2022 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League saw Americans taking down the defending champions.
The strong performance of Renan Dal Zotto’s side in Bologna, Italy, obtained at the beginning of the game against the United States was neutralized by their rivals starting from the second set onward.
And step by step, the Americans accelerated their gameplay towards the semi-finals: 3-1 (20:25, 25:22, 25:23, 25:17).
In the third set, at 1-1 in sets, they rejected, what turned out to be the last Brazilian attempt to turn the match to their favor, coming back from 6-10.

Torey DeFalco was the most prolific player on the winning side with 17 points, while Brazil’s outsides hitters Yoandy Leal (18 points) and Ricardo Lucarelli (16) were the to the top of best scorers’ charts too.

| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

Every time we play Brazil, it’s a battle. They are some of the best in the world. We wanted to fight and have fun and I think we did that for sure. It’s always great to win and… we are in the semifinals!” said Erik Shoji, libero of USA after the game.

USA will find out their next opponents tomorrow, on Thursday, when France and Japan will face eqch others in another quarterfinal.

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🏐| VNL 2022: Final 8 @ Bologna

July 20, 2022

• 18.00 (Local Time) QUARTERFINAL 1 | USA – Brazil 3-1 (20:25, 25:22, 25:23, 25:17)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

• 21.00 (Local Time) QUARTERFINAL 2 | Italy – The Netherlands 3-1 (21:25, 25:22, 25:13, 25:22)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

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July 21, 2022

• 18.00 (Local Time) QUARTERFINAL 3 | France – Japan 3-0 (26:24, 25:16, 25:20)
• 21.00 (Local Time) QUARTERFINAL 4 | Poland (2) – Iran (7) 3-2 (25:21, 24:26, 25:18, 16:25, 15:7)

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July 23, 2022

SEMIFINAL 1 | 18.00 (Local Time) Poland – USA 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 13:25)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

SEMIFINAL 2 | 21.00 (Local Time) Italy- France 0-3 (22:25, 20:25, 15:25)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

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July 24, 2022

FINAL 3/4 | 18.00 (Local Time) Italy – Poland
FINAL 1/2 | 21.00 (Local Time) France – USA

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