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Best Players – Sander keeps up with Boyer in scoring race, helps USA make Final Six cut

 
USA outside spiker Taylor Sander (left) and setter Micah Christenson worked hard to earn a crucial victory over Poland that earned them the ticket to the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League Final Six in Curitiba
 
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2017 – Taylor Sander scored 17 points against Poland on Sunday to help the United States claim an important win in Group 1 of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League.



After Canada outplayed Italy in four sets, the chances of gaining the final qualification slot got slimmer. However, France and Russia’s straight-set triumphs over Belgium and Iran, respectively, opened up an opportunity for USA and Bulgaria to step up. And that exactly is what Sander did for USA, as he gave an all-out performance in their match against Poland.

Sander made 10 spikes, four blocks and three service aces in the four-set victory, leaving them enough chance until the final match results in Group 1 have been completed. The match between Brazil and Serbia would have no bearing on the final qualification spot, as the two squads have already qualified to the Final Six.



The stars seemed to have aligned for USA on Sunday, when Argentina crushed Bulgaria’s hopes of qualifying to the final round with a 3-1 win, offering the North American team with the elusive Final Six spot.

The 25-year-old now has accumulated 146 points, including 118 spikes, 15 blocks and 17 service aces. With more matches to go in the Final Six, he is in a great position to catch up with the current scoring leader, Stephen Boyer of France.

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He plays a vital role in USA’s starting line-up and his consistency counts regardless if they won or lost the match. His experience mattered most in difficult situations and his versatility is what has kept his team in the competition. The outside spiker is second in scoring, fifth in spiking, seventh in serving, 10th in digging and fifth in receiving.

Sander’s scoring nemesis, Boyer, has racked up 165 points in nine matches, including 135 spikes, 13 blocks and 17 aces. Boyer’s sensational performance in the 2017 World League has brought success to his team, with eight victories and only one loss coming into the Final Six in Curitiba.



With Earvin Ngapeth’s return to the French line-up, the Ngapeth-Boyer tandem’s power plays will certainly heat up the action in the Final Six.

Boyer brought fire with him on the attack line where he fared second in the best spiker category, behind Serbian Marko Ivovic, while Sander’s team-mate Benjamin Patch is on third. The French opposite holds the top spot in the best server category ahead of Russian Dmitry Volkov and Brazilians Mauricio Souza and Ricardo Lucarelli.

Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria is still the best blocker in Group 1 with 25 stuff blocks, followed by Ilyas Kurkaev of Russia who matched Nikolov’s output after his team’s straight-set win over Iran.

Brazil’s Bruno Rezende is still the best setter, while Serbia's Nikola Jovovic catches up as the second best player in Group 1.

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Poland’s Pawel Zatorski dethroned Canada’s Blair Cameron Bann as the best digger, while Mauricio Silva protected his reign as best receiver with a high average of 65.83.

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In Group 2, Chuan Jiang of China was the best scorer at the end of the preliminary round with 164 points, but not for long as contenders Wouter Ter Maat of the Netherlands and Paul Carroll of Australia will have their chance in the Final Four to improve on their 151 and 133 point-outputs, respectively.

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Japan’s Masahiro Yanagida jumped from third place to first place of the best spiker category in Group 2, with Australia’s Nathan Roberts and Netherlands’ Ter Maat closely trailing behind the talented Japanese player.

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Yanagida is also on top of the best server list, while team-mate and setter Naonobu Fujii is the best playmaker in the group.

In Group 3, Andres Villena of Spain still put a positive end to his stint in the World League as he topped the best scorer category. Simon Hirsch of Germany finished his 2017 World League campaign as the group’s second best scorer.

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Group 3 winners Ardo Kreek and Andri Aganits of Estonia also have more to celebrate about as they took the top two spots in the best blocker category. Kreek and Aganits had 24 and 21 stuff blocks. Their intimidating presence at the net led their team to a historic winning debut in the World League.

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Top Scorer by Day

32 - Chuan Jiang of China v Turkey on June 2
29 - Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Argentina on June 3
28 - Metin Toy of Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
17 - Urpo Sivula of Finland v Slovakia on June 8 (only two matches)
27 - Maxim Michshenko of Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
25 - Hamza Nagga of Tunisia v Chinese Taipei on June 10
31 – Giulio Sabbi of Italy v Russia on June 11
24 – Benjamin Patch of USA v Iran on June 15 (only two matches)
27 – Paul Carroll of Australia v Japan on June 16
28 – Taylor Sander of USA v Russia on June 17
26 – Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v China on June 18

Top Scoring Performances

32 - Chuan Jiang of China v Turkey on June 2
31 – Giulio Sabbi of Italy v Russia on June 11
29 - Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Argentina on June 3
29 - Nathan Roberts of Australia v Portugal on June 2
28 – Taylor Sander of USA v Russia on June 17
28 - Metin Toy of Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
27 – Paul Carroll of Australia v Japan on June 16
27 - Maxim Michshenko of Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
27 - Evandro Guerra of Brazil v Iran on June 3

Top Individual Serving Performances

7 - Ahmed Abdelhay of Egypt v Czech Republic on June 9
6 – Mauricio Souza of Brazil v Serbia on June 18
6 – Alen Sket of Slovenia v Portugal on June 18
6 – Thibault Rossard of France v Italy on June 16
6 – Valdir Sequeira of Portugal v Finland on June 16
6 - Pedro Rangel of Mexico v Greece on June 3
6 - Maxim Zhigalov of Russia v Argentina on June 2
5 – Masahiro Yanagida of Japan v Turkey on June 17
5 – Dmitriy Volkov of Russia v Poland on June 15
5 - Masahiro Yanagida of Japan v Slovenia on June 10
5 - Rafail Koumentakis of Greece v Spain on June 4
4 – Lourenco Martins of Portugal v Egypt on June 17
4 – Chuan Jiang of China v Australia on June 17
4 – Luciano De Cecco of Argentina v Serbia on June 16
4 – Iacopo Botto of Italy v France on June 16
4 – Cristian Poglajen of Argentina v Iran on June 11
4 – Wouter Ter Maat of Netherlands v Egypt on June 11
4 – Menelaos Kokkinakis of Greece v Estonia on June 11
4 – Egor Feoktistov of Russia v Italy on June 11
4 – Dmitriy Volkov of Russia v Italy on June 11
4 – Iacopo Botto of Italy v Russia on June 11
4 - Pedro Rangel of Mexico v Austria on June 10
4 - Aleksandr Minic of Montenegro v Kazakhstan on June 10
4 - Klemen Cebulj of Slovenia v Japan on June 10
4 - Sergey Antipkin of Russia v France on June 9
4 - Farhad Ghaemi of Iran v Belgium on June 9
4 - John Gordon Perrin of Canada v Brazil on June 9
4 - Lincoln Alexander Williams of Australia v Slovakia on June 9
4 - Nicolai Grabmueller of Austria v Kazakhstan on June 4
4 - John Gordon Perrin of Canada v USA on June 3
4 - Bartlomiej Lemanski of Poland v Italy on June 3
4 - Marko Ivovic of Serbia v USA on June 2

Top Team Serving Performances

14 – Portugal v Finland on June 16
12 – Portugal v Egypt on June 17
12 – Italy v Russia on June 11
12 - Egypt v Czech Republic on June 9
12 - Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
11 – Slovenia v Portugal on June 18
11 – France v Italy on June 16
11 - Serbia v USA on June 2
10 – Brazil v Serbia on June 18
10 – Canada v Belgium on June 16
10 - Venezuela v Kazakhstan on June 3
9 – France v Belgium on June 18
9 – Italy v France on June 16
9 - Canada v Serbia on June 4
9 - Serbia v Canada on June 4
9 - Belgium v USA on June 4
9 - USA v Canada on June 3

Top Individual Blocking Performances

9 - Peter Ondrovic of Slovakia v China on June 10
7 - Graham Vigrass of Canada v Bulgaria on June 10
7 - Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria v Canada on June 10
7- Simon Van De Voorde of Belgium v Argentina on June 10
7 - Samuel Walker of Australia v Slovakia on June 3
7 - Bozidar Cuk of Montenegro v Tunisia on June 2
6 – Mohamed Masoud of Egypt v Finland on June 18
6 – Jasper Diefenbach of Netherlands v Czech Republic on June 18
6 – Michael Parkinson of Netherlands v Czech Republic on June 18
6 – Chuan Jiang of China v Japan on June 18
6 – Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria v Serbia on June 17
6 – Ilyas Kurkaev of Russia v USA on June 17
6 – Matteo Piano of Italy v France on June 16
6 - Hamza Nagga of Tunisia v Montenegro on June 11
6 – Ardo Kreek of Estonia v Greece on June 11
6 - Denis Biriukov of Russia v Bulgaria on June 4
6 - Emerson Gonzalez of Venezuela v Kazakhstan on June 3
6 - Filip Cveticanin of Portugal v Japan on June 3
6 - Ales Holubec of Czech Republic v Finland on June 3
6 - Alen Pajenk of Slovenia v Korea on June 3

Top Team Blocking Performances

21 – Bulgaria v Serbia on June 17
21 – Qatar v Venezuela on June 11
21 - Slovakia v China on June 10
21 - Slovenia v Korea on June 3
21 - Montenegro v Tunisia on June 2
18 – Tunisia v Montenegro on June 11
18 - Russia v Bulgaria on June 4
18 - Australia v Slovakia on June 3
18 - Czech Republic v Finland on June 3
17 – Russia v USA on June 17
17 – Italy v France on June 16
17 - Russia v France on June 3

Highest Scoring Sets

45-43 – Qatar v Venezuela on June 11
43-41 – China v Turkey on June 16
39-37 – Slovakia v Egypt on June 16
33-31 – Italy v Russia on June 11
31-29 – Poland v USA on June 18
31-29 – Russia v USA on June 17
30-28 – Argentina v Serbia on June 16
30-28 – USA v Iran on June 15
30-28 - Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
30-28 - Slovakia v Australia on June 3
30-28 - Canada v Bulgaria on June 10
29-27 – USA v Russia on June 17
29-27 – Australia v Japan on June 16
29-27 – Spain v Austria on June 11
29-27 – Iran v Argentina on June 11
29-27 – Venezuela v Qatar on June 11
29-27 - Qatar v Greece on June 10
29-27 - China v Netherlands on June 3
28-26 – Czech Republic v Netherlands on June 18
28-26 – China v Japan on June 18
28-26 – Turkey v Slovenia on June 11
28-26 - Germany v Spain on June 10
28-26 - Belgium v USA on June 4
27-25 – Korea v Czech Republic on June 17
27-25 – Italy v Belgium on June 17
27-25 – Poland v Canada on June 11
27-25 - Japan v Turkey on June 9
27-25 - Bulgaria v Russia on June 4
27-25 - Mexico v Qatar on June 4
27-25 - France v Argentina on June 4
27-25 - Netherlands v Egypt on June 2
27-25 - Tunisia v Montenegro on June 2
27-25 - Netherlands v Egypt on June 2
27-25 - Slovakia v Japan on June 2

Highest Scoring Matches

231 – Italy v Russia 2-3 (33-31, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 10-15) on June 11
230 – USA v Russia – 2-3 (29-31, 25-17, 19-25, 29-27, 13-15) on June 17
223 – Qatar v Venezuela 3-1 (27-29, 25-16, 45-43, 25-13) on June 11
223 – Serbia v Argentina 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 28-30, 15-12) on June 16
222 - Korea v Czech Republic 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-12) on June 2
220 – China v Japan 3-2 (20-25, 28-26, 17-25, 25-22, 17-15) on June 18
220 – Iran v Argentina 3-2 (29-25, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25,15-11) on June 11
220 - Turkey v Netherlands 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 24-26, 17-15) on June 4
219 – Australia v Japan 3-2 (29-27, 18-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-9) on June 16
219 - Czech Republic v Egypt 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 16-14) on June 9
219 - Korea v Finland 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13) on June 4
219 - Australia v Portugal 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 20-18) on June 2
217 - Belgium v Canada 2-3 (22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 13-15) on June 2
215 - Turkey v China 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 24-26, 15-12) on June 2
214 - Bulgaria v Argentina 2-3 (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 12-15) on June 3
213 – Bulgaria v Serbia 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 25-23, 24-25, 15-12) on June 17
212 - Belgium v Argentina 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 15-6) on June 10




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