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First World League victory for Belgium as Italy beat Brazil

 
USA bounced back from two sets down to defeat hosts Bulgaria 3-2 in their opening World League clash on Friday
 
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 23, 2014 – Belgium marked their debut in the FIVB Volleyball World League with a three-set victory over Australia on Friday whilst Italy saw off world No.1 Brazil as the 2014 edition of the tournament began.

Meanwhile, USA stunned hosts Bulgaria as they fought back from two sets down to record a 3-2 (19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 15-12) win in Pool B and Germany denied Japan as they picked up a 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-16) victory.

Australia, returning to the World League for the first time in 15 years, began well in their match against newcomers Belgium. But the hosts held on to claim an historic straight sets 3-0 (30-28, 25-19, 25-21) triumph in front of their home fans in Kortijk, Belgium.

Italy stormed to an early two-set lead against last year’s silver medallists Brazil before dropping the third. But the visiting Italians spoilt the Brazilian party in Santa Catarina by clinching the fourth and with it the victory. But coach Mauro Berruto was quick to point out that his team need to improve quickly if they are to make an impact in this year’s competition. "Both teams are not in their best shape,” Berruto said. “I think that Brazil and Italy will improve a lot in the next few matches. However, I am happy with the way that we played in the first and second sets.“

Bulgaria almost caught USA off-guard in their Pool B encounter as they took a 2-0 lead to the delight of the 5,000-strong crown in Varna. However Matthew Anderson and Taylor Sander rallied their team and dragged them back into the game to eventually scrap the win. USA coach John Speraw admitted that luck played a small part in his side’s victory, but still felt they were the better team in the final two sets. ”We were a little bit lucky winning the third set but then we proved our victory in the end.”

Finally Germany overcame a shaky first set to beat Japan in straight sets in Bamberg. “The victory is good for our confidence,“ said German captain Jochen Schöps. “It was important to win the first game.”

The FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 continues on Saturday with four matches.
 

LIVE SCOREBOX

 

Match
No

Pool

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

G1-3

B

23/05

20:30

17:30

BUL-USA

2-3

Varna

View

View

View

View

G1-1

A

23/05

14:45

17:45

BRA-ITA

1-3

Jaraguá Do Sul

View

View

View

View

G2-1

C

23/05

20:10

18:00

BEL-AUS

3-0

Kortrijk

View

View

View

View

G2-2

D

23/05

20:10

18:00

GER-JPN

3-0

Bamberg

View

View

View

View

G1-2

A

24/05

10:10

13:10

BRA-ITA

View

Jaragua Do Sul




View

G2-3

D

24/05

18:00

16:00

GER-JPN

View

Bamberg




View

G1-4

B

24/05

20:00

17:00

BUL-USA

View

Varna




View

G2-4

D

24/05

21:30

00:30

ARG-FRA

View

Mendoza




View

G2-5

C

25/05

16:00

14:00

BEL-AUS

View

Liège




View

G2-6

D

25/05

22:00

01:00

ARG-FRA

View

Mendoza




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

ITA

Italy

3

1

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

3

1

3.000

99

90

1.100

2

BRA

Brazil

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

3

0.333

90

99

0.909

3

POL

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

IRI

Iran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

USA

USA

2

1

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

3

2

1.500

108

106

1.019

2

BUL

Bulgaria

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

3

0.667

106

108

0.981

3

SRB

Serbia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

RUS

Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

BEL

Belgium

3

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

MAX

80

68

1.176

2

AUS

Australia

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

 

68

80

0.850

3

FIN

Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

CAN

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pool D

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

GER

Germany

3

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

MAX

78

61

1.279

2

JPN

Japan

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

 

61

78

0.782

3

FRA

France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

ARG

Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pool E

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

POR

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

NED

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

KOR

Korea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

CZE

Czech Republic


FIVB World League 2014 Performances

Top Scoring Performances
25 – Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v USA (May 23)

Top Blocking Performances
4 – Lucas Saatcamp of Brazil v Italy (May 23)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
13 – USA v Bulgaria (June 23)

Top Serving Performances
2 – Todor Skrimov (Bulgaria) Matthew Anderson and Sean Rooney (USA) USA v Bulgaria (May 23)

Top Serving Performances by Team
5 – USA v Bulgaria

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 25 – Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v USA (May 23)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Netherlands v Portugal, 36-34

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Bulgaria v USA (May 23) (19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 15-12) – 215 points





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