Undefeated USA, Poland pushed on day five

Sunday, 13 Sep 2015
Volleyverse - @volleyverse

Team USA and Poland both kept their unbeaten record intact – but neither team had things all their own way on day five of the FIVB Men’s World Cup.

Winless Egypt put up a gallant fight against the powerful U.S line-up, stretching the tournament leaders in the first and third sets as the Americans were made to earn their 25-20, 25-13, 25-21 victory.

Outside hitter Aaron Russell was voted Most Impressive Player after racking up 11 points on seven kills and four aces.

Usual suspects Taylor Sander, who led all scorers with 14 points, and Matt Anderson (11 points) also made major contributions for the U.S while setter Micah Christenson had another strong outing.

With the win the U.S remain in first spot with a 5-0 record on 15 points, one clear of Poland.

The Poles made a sluggish start but fought their way out of a hole to see off a fired-up Venezuela in four tough sets, 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23.

There was very little between the two sides Poland edging their opponents in kills (52-50) and blocks (12-9), while the Poles’ superior serving proved key as the won the ace count 9-3.

Dawid Konarski led all scorers with 22 points on 14 kills, four blocks and four aces, while Marcin Mozdzonek and Rafal Buszek both added 14 points.

 Russia swept Iran 26-24, 25-18, 25-20 to improved their record to 4-1 and sit in third spot.

Italy bounced back from their day-four loss to the U.S with a dominant 25-21, 25-20, 25-15 triumph over hosts Japan.

Canada scored their second victory over the tournament with a 3-2 (32-34, 25-14, 25-21, 27-29, 20-18) win over unlucky Australia in the match of the day.

Meanwhile, Argentina improved their tournament record to 3-2 with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 win over Tunisia to sit in fifth place.

Support us. Help volleyball.

For too long volleyball fans have been neglected, with no community with which to share their passion. We want to change that, by providing a platform for fans & players to unite. However, we’re a small team & we can’t do it ourselves – we need your help.

Your generous contributions will help us to:

** Remain advertising & paywall FREE

** Improve our volleyball content & increase our coverage

** Help to support & build the profile of the next generation of players

We will never profit from your contributions – if they exceed our operating costs on an annual basis we will donate the difference to support worthy causes in volleyball.

You can contribute as little as $2 USD to support us & help volleyball grow – it only takes a minute & everything helps! Thank you.