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World League week three begins with full 3-0 sweeps

 
Team Canada celebrate its win against Korea on June 14 at the FIVB World League
 
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2013 – Every FIVB World League match on Friday ended with teams sweeping their opponents in 3-0 victories for Russia, Italy, Canada, Brazil and the USA.

Serbia, Cuba, Korea, Argentina and France didn’t have a chance, as their opponents won set after set on day one of the third week of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League.

Russia, Italy and Brazil remain undefeated in this year’s tournament, as Cuba and France have yet to win a match.

Russia and Serbia faced-off in Friday’s first match, with the home team winning 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-20).  Serbia’s captain Dragan Stankovic called his side's worst defeat in two years. Russia are top of Pool B with three wins out of three. Serbia remain in third place with two wins and one loss. The two sides will meet again at 18:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Saturday.

Russia remains undefeated in the 2013 World League, breaking Serbia’s winning streak. If  Russia wins Saturday’s match against Serbia, it will begin the World League 4-0 for the third time in the last four years.

Italy also swept its match 3-0 against Cuba (25-20, 25-17, 25-23) in the first of two meetings between the teams on Friday at home. Italy are now second in Pool B, one point behind Russia, with eight points. Cuba lie in fifth after losing all three of their matches so far. The two sides meet in Florence on Sunday, 16 June at 19:00 GMT.

Italy also remains undefeated,  marking the fourth consecutive year in which it has won at least its first three matches of the World League. If Italy wins Sunday’s matche, it will improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2011, when it started 6-0.

Brazil prevailed in straight sets against Argentina (20-25, 21-25 and 15-25). The away team proved they are serious about their commitment to this year’s World League.

“We have great expectations for this World League, after the two victories in Poland and the one tonight,” said Brazil’s head coach Bernardo Rezende. “Both teams are renewed and for us this is a very important chance to try new players, as it is for Argentina, as they are already qualified for the Finals. That, too, is our goal.”

Korea accepted weakness in their 0-3 loss (25-19, 25-10, 25-18) against home-team Canada. Korea started set one with some promise, but Canada regained its composure and confidence to win by six points in the first set, eventually taking the second and third sets.

"We were technically weak, especially in our serving. We weren't ready and we are looking forward to the next game,” said Korea’s coach Ki-Won Park.

USA wowed their fans at home with a full sweep against winless France (25-15, 29-27, 25-16). Team USA kept up a strong attack at the net and held off a second-set rally by France as it defeated the European side. USA’s Matt Anderson, who was named Player of the Match, led all scorers with 22 points on 17 kills, three blocks and two aces.

All teams will meet again this weekend, with Japan and Finland also joining week three matches on Saturday.span>

LIVE SCOREBOX | WEEK 3

 

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

25

B

14/06

18:10

15:00

RUS-SRB

3-0

Kaliningrad

View

View

View

View

26

B

14/06

20:00

18:00

ITA-CUB

3-0

Torino

View

View

View

View

29

C

14/06

19:10

23:00

CAN-KOR

3-0

Mississauga

View

View

View

View

27

A

14/06

20:30

23:30

ARG-BRA

0-3

Mendoza

View

View

View

View

28

A

14/06

19:10

00:00

USA-FRA

3-0

Tulsa, OK

View

View

View

View

 

 

Standings

Pool A

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

BRA

Brazil

8

3

3

 

1

1

1

 

 

 

9

3

3.000

283

246

1.150

2

USA

USA

6

3

2

1

1

1

 

 

1

 

7

4

1.750

266

241

1.104

3

BUL

Bulgaria

5

2

2

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

6

2

3.000

182

177

1.028

4

ARG

Argentina

3

3

1

2

 

1

 

 

1

1

4

7

0.571

239

262

0.912

5

POL

Poland

1

2

 

2

 

 

 

1

1

 

3

6

0.500

190

208

0.913

6

FRA

France

1

3

 

3

 

 

 

1

 

2

2

9

0.222

235

261

0.900

 

Pool B

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

RUS

Russia

9

3

3

 

2

1

 

 

 

 

9

1

9.000

246

209

1.177

2

ITA

Italy

8

3

3

 

2

 

1

 

 

 

9

2

4.500

257

216

1.190

3

SRB

Serbia

6

3

2

1

 

2

 

 

 

1

6

5

1.200

251

254

0.988

4

GER

Germany

1

2

 

2

 

 

 

1

 

1

2

6

0.333

156

182

0.857

5

CUB

Cuba

 

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

2

1

2

9

0.222

235

265

0.887

6

IRI

Iran

 

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

6

0.167

148

167

0.886

 

Pool C

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

FIN

Finland

9

4

3

1

2

 

1

1

 

 

11

5

2.200

367

341

1.076

2

NED

Netherlands

9

4

3

1

1

2

 

 

1

 

10

5

2.000

360

331

1.088

3

CAN

Canada

9

5

3

2

2

1

 

 

2

 

11

7

1.571

423

390

1.085

4

KOR

Korea

7

5

2

3

 

2

 

1

 

2

8

11

0.727

401

432

0.928

5

POR

Portugal

5

4

2

2

 

1

1

 

 

2

6

9

0.667

320

347

0.922

6

JPN

Japan

 

4

 

4

 

 

 

 

3

1

3

12

0.250

320

350

0.914

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