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Men’s Update: Field Set for 2018 Worlds

November 16, 2017

Cuba and Puerto Rico have secured the final two NORCECA slots for the men’s 2018 FIVB World Championship. They emerged victorious at a four-team qualifying tournament held in Cuba from November 10-12. The weather hindered their participation in the NORCECA Championship in September in Colorado Springs. The U.S. Men’s National Team had won the tournament, ensuring their spot in the World Championship along with Canada and the Dominican Republic.

In the final match in Cuba, Cuba defeated Puerto Rico with a score of 25-21, 25-22, 30-28. Mexico finished in third place, followed by Guatemala in fourth. With this, all 24 teams for the 2018 World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria have been determined.

Success in League Play

Outside hitter Aaron Russell, setter James Shaw, and Sir Safety Conad Perugia have continued their dominance in league play. They currently hold a perfect 7-0 record. On November 15, Perugia secured a win against Diatec Trentino (2-5) in a thrilling match with a score of 25-21, 26-24, 30-28. Russell led his team with 15 points, comprising of 13 kills, one block, and one ace. He also demonstrated exceptional reception skills with a positive rate of 57%. Shaw made a valuable contribution as a substitute.

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Recently, on November 12, Perugia advanced to the third round of the CEV Champion League by defeating the Belarussian team Shakhtior Soligorsk with a score of 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. Russell topped the scoring charts with 13 points, recording 10 kills and three aces.

Middle blocker Max Holt and Azimut Modena (6-1) triumphed over libero Erik Shoji and Taiwan Excellence Latina (2-5) on November 12. The match ended with a score of 26-24, 22-25, 34-32, 25-16. Holt contributed 11 points, including eight kills, two blocks, and one ace. Shoji showcased his reception skills with a positive rate of 56%.

Rising Stars in the Volleyball World

Micah Christenson, setter for Cucine Lube Civitanova (5-1), together with outside hitter Taylor Sander, secured a victory against Biosi Indexa Sora (0-7) with a score of 25-21, 25-16, 25-15 on November 12. Christenson demonstrated his expertise by assisting his team in achieving an impressive hitting efficiency of .590. Sander made a strong impact in the first two sets, scoring five points through five kills. He also showcased his exceptional reception skills with a positive rate of 83%. Kupono Fey, an American outside hitter playing for Sora, contributed five points, including four kills and one block.

The trio of setter Kawika Shoji, outside hitter Jake Langlois, and Gi Group Monza (2-5) faced a challenging match against Kioene Padova (3-4) on November 12. The match ended with a score of 25-8, 17-25, 36-34, 25-22 in favor of Padova. Shoji scored four points, comprising of one kill, one block, and two aces. He also set his team to a commendable hitting efficiency of .376. Langlois made a valuable contribution as a substitute.

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Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and Calzedonia Verona (4-2) emerged victorious against Bunge Ravenna (4-2) in a thrilling match that extended to five sets. The final score was 25-23, 30-28, 22-25, 22-25, 20-18. Jaeschke showcased his skill as a substitute player.

Impressive Performances from Around the World

Russia: In an exceptional display of skill, outside hitter Matt Anderson led all scorers as his team Zenit Kazan (11-0) defeated Ugra-Samotlor with a score of 25-20, 25-23, 25-12 on November 15. Anderson contributed 16 points, comprising of 12 kills, three blocks, and one ace.

Poland: Middle blocker David Smith and Aluron Virtu Warta Zawiercie (1-7) faced a defeat against Luczniczka Bydgoszcz (3-5) on November 12. The match ended with a score of 25-23, 25-19, 25-18. Smith scored nine points, including four kills, four blocks, and one ace. On November 15, Zawiercie fell to PGE Skra Belchatow with a score of 25-23, 29-27, 25-21. Smith recorded 11 points, comprising of six kills, two blocks, and three aces.

Jonah Seif and MKS Bedzin emerged victorious against BBTS Bielsko-Biala in a thrilling match that ended with a score of 37-35, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17 on November 11. Seif made an impact in the fourth set, contributing two points through one kill and one block.

France: Middle blocker Mitch Stahl and Paris (3-2) faced a loss against Poitiers (4-1) with a score of 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 on November 11. Stahl recorded three points, comprising of two kills and one block.

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FAQs

  1. How were the final two NORCECA slots for the men’s 2018 FIVB World Championship determined?
    The final two NORCECA slots were determined through a four-team qualifying tournament held in Cuba from November 10-12.

  2. Which teams have qualified for the 2018 World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria?
    All 24 teams have secured their spot in the 2018 World Championship.

  3. Who were the top performers in the recent matches?
    Aaron Russell, James Shaw, and Sir Safety Conad Perugia have been dominating in league play with a perfect 7-0 record. Matt Anderson from Zenit Kazan also delivered an exceptional performance.

  4. What is the hitting efficiency of Cucine Lube Civitanova?
    Cucine Lube Civitanova achieved an impressive hitting efficiency of .590 in their recent match.

  5. Where can I find more information about the online volleyball consulting service offered by Erik Shoji?
    You can learn more about Erik Shoji’s online volleyball consulting service at erikshoji.com.

Conclusion

The field for the men’s 2018 FIVB World Championship is now complete, with Cuba and Puerto Rico securing the final two NORCECA slots. The tournament promises to be a thrilling display of talent and skill from teams around the world. Stay tuned for more updates and follow the journey of your favorite players and teams at Alpinetgheep.