News ID: 231807
Published: 0854 GMT September 25, 2018

Russia, Poland complete world championship Final Six lineup

Russia, Poland complete world championship Final Six lineup
Poland’s Bartosz Kurek (L) hits a spike against a double block of Serbia at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Varna, Bulgaria, on September 23, 2018.
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Russia and Poland were the last two teams to advance to the third round of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship and completed the lineup of the best six in the tournament.

In the crucial Pool H match on Sunday, Poland got back to winning ways with an emphatic 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-14) shutout of Serbia to top the final standings in the pool, fivb.com reported.

With the Serbs having qualified for Turin a day earlier, the Poles were clearly the more motivated side for the victory in what for them was a do-or-die battle.

A total of 12 stuff blocks and 10 aces helped the reigning champions stay on track toward defending their title.

With five serving points, Bartosz Kurek scored a total of 20 to top the charts of the match.

To be sure of joining the last six, Russia needed to win its last Pool E match against Finland.

And so the Russians did, with a compelling straight-set (25-17, 25-19, 25-22) victory, which put the 2018 Volleyball Nations League winners among the two best second-round runners-up, together with Serbia, and on the way to Turin.

With USA, Brazil and Italy also having booked their tickets to the next round on Saturday, the number of candidates for World Championship honors has now been narrowed down to six.

The six teams are now divided into two groups which sees Brazil, Russia and USA in Pool I while Poland, Italy and Serbia form Pool J.

 

 

   
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