USA with 8/8 victories go to Final Six in Turin, with Italy, Serbia, Poland, Russia and Brazil.
Tonight, after the last matches of the second stage of World Championship, ten teams have finished their participation to the competion, while the best six will continue their road to the World podium.
The winners of the pools have secured their partecipation at the Third round: Italy from Pool E, Brazil from Pool F, USA from Pool G and Poland from Pool H, while Russia and Serbia as the second-best ranked teams after the second stage. Only these two teams could not meet in the next stage. In the third stage, the teams will be divided into two Pools with three teams each, and the Drawing of lots will be on Monday, September 24. Stay tuned!
Below our Recap of the day 3 of second round:
World Championship, second round, day 3
Pool E @ Milan
Russia – Finland 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-22)
Russia to Final Six! With the victory against Finland, Russia will go to Turin! In the most important match at this world championship, Russia scored a victory without story in straight sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-22) and with 6-2 moved (deservedly) to the third stage! Victor Poletaev with 18 points was the top scorer of the match, followed by Yury Berezhko with 11 points, while Samuli Kaislasalo scored 12 points for Finland.
Italy – Netherlands 3-1 (16-25, 25-20, 27-25, 25-15)
Italy won against the Netherlands 3-1 and confirmed the top position in Pool E. Top scorers of the match are Luigi Randazzo with 23 points, Gabriele Nelli with 19 and in the other side Thijs Ter Horst scored 15 points, and added Michael Parkinson 12.
Italy 7-1 (22)
Russia 6-2 (18)
Netherlands 5-3 (14)
Finland 2-6 (6)
Pool F @ Bologna
Slovenia – Australia 2-3 (25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 11-15)
Australia won against Slovenia in tie-break in a match without significance, and finished his road on World Championship with a victory. Both teams will go home because they finished on the third and fourth places of Pool F!
Belgium – Brazil 2-3 (25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 15-25, 12-15)
In Bologna, Brazil celebrated the victory and confirmed the leading position in Pool F at the World Championship 2018. Brazil started badly in the match, losing 0-2, but then came back to 2-2, and then to win 3-2. Evandro was the top scorer of the match with 30 points while Sam Deroo was the best for Belgio with 19 points.
Brazil 7-1 (19)
Belgium 4-4 (14)
Slovenia 4-4 (13)
Australia 3-5 (9)
Pool G @ Sofia
USA – Iran 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 26-24)
The domination of USA has continued still in the last match of second round, and they also finished the second stage of the World Championship, without suffering any defeat! USA won also against Iran in straight sets and scored the eighth win. Today’s match wasn’t easy but USA didn’t allow the rivals to take a single set. Benjamin Patch was the top scorer of the match with 17 points followed by Jake Langlois with 10 points and Jeffrey Jendryk with 9 points. On the other side, Milad Ebadipour was lonely with a double digit: 10 points.
Bulgaria – Canada 2-3 (19-25, 14-25, 25-21, 25-19, 10-15)
Canada won against Bulgaria and this is the end. Bulgaria and Canada finished their participation at the 19th edition of the World Championship after five sets in an amazing match. Even if Canada led 2-0 in sets, Bulgaria won the next two sets. However, the team of coach Antiga started better in the tie-break and at the end celebrated a victory. So, both teams go home with 13 points. Canada won two matches in a row while Bulgaria had two defeats.
Pool H @ Varna
France – Argentina 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 26-28, 25-19)
France have scored another important victory in Pool H and still had a chance for the World Championship Final six, until the victory of Poland against Serbia. In the match against Argentina, Earvin Ngapeth led France with 28 points while Agustin Loser was the best in the other side with 15 points.
Poland – Serbia 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-14)
Poland took the last ticket for Turin! With the straight set victory without story against Serbia, Poland secured their place at the Final Six of World Championship 2018 and will have the opportunity to defend the title in Italy. With the score of 6-2 and 19 points, Poland sent France home. Bartosz Kurek was the top scorer of the match with 20 points followed by Artur Szalpuk with 15 points while in the other side Marko Ivovic and Drazen Luburic scored only 6 points each.
Poland 6-2 (19)
Serbia 6-2 (17)
France 5-3 (18)
Argentina 3-5 (8)