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.
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.
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.