USA and Canada to Final Six of World League
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 18, 2017 – Russia, Canada and
crucial victories on Sunday in Group 1 that secured their spots
in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League Final Six.
host European squads France and Serbia,
which earlier qualified in the Final Six, together with Russia,
Canada and USA in Curitiba from July 4 to 8.
Russia, Bulgaria and
Canada carried identical 4-4 win-loss cards, while USA had a 3-5
win-loss record prior to their matches on Sunday. Russia, Canada
and the USA had one match each to define their destiny and they
productively did so as they earned victories, which gave them
vital points to climb the Group1 ranking.
Russia rushed to a straight-set win over
Lodz, to record a 5-4 card and earn three points to improve
their points total to 14, putting them in fourth spot in Group
1. Canada also improved their win-loss record to 5-4 and earned
three points in their four-set win over Italy to
gain the fifth spot.
USA kept their pursuit of the title as they sneaked into Final
Six after they defeated hosts Poland in four sets. After
struggling start in the tournament, USA managed to earn
victories that facilitated their jump from ninth to sixth place
in the ranking.
Belgium lost their grip after their straight-set loss to 2015
World League winners France in Antwerp. The latter sit as the
top team with eight wins and one loss in the in the preliminary
Bulgaria’s Final Six hopes when they fulfilled a 3-1 triumph on
home soil. Bulgaria suffered from turnovers, which allowed
Argentina to execute their plays well.
Brazil completed the list of winners in Group 1 with a four-set
win over defending champions Serbia.