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Men’s Update: World Championship Pools Revealed

The U.S. Men’s National Team is gearing up for an exciting challenge in the upcoming FIVB World Championship in 2018. The draw for the first round took place in Florence, revealing the pools and setting the stage for an epic tournament. Let’s take a closer look at what lies ahead for the U.S. team and the other participating nations.

Pool C: A Promising Start

The U.S. Men, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, will kick off the tournament in Pool C, alongside formidable opponents such as Russia (No. 4), Serbia (No. 11), Australia (No. 16), Tunisia (No. 24), and Cameroon (No. 30). This diverse pool promises intense competition and a thrilling start to the World Championship.

The Competition Structure

The Palazzo Vecchio in Florence witnessed the draw as the 24 participating teams were divided into four first-round pools, each consisting of six teams. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the second round, where they will be split into two pools of eight teams. From there, the top three from each second-round pool will progress to the third round. Finally, four teams will move on to the semifinals and finals.

Standouts in the Italian League

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As the players prepare for the World Championship, several individuals have been showcasing their talent in the Italian league. For example, Cucine Lube Civitanova, led by setter Micah Christenson and outside hitter Taylor Sander, has been in impressive form, with victories over teams like Gi Group Monza. Additionally, Azimut Modena, featuring middle blocker Max Holt, has been performing exceptionally well.

International Stars Shine

The Italian league has also seen some standout performances from international stars. American outside hitter Aaron Russell, playing for Sir Safety Conad Perugia, has been making waves with his incredible skills. Another American player, Erik Shoji, has been making his mark as libero for Taiwan Excellence, while Thomas Jaeschke has been delivering strong performances for Calzedonia Verona.

Exciting Action Across Europe

The action isn’t limited to Italy alone. There have been outstanding performances by players competing in Poland, Russia, France, and Germany. Middle blocker David Smith, representing Aluron Virtu Warta Zawiercie in Poland, has been playing exceptionally well. Zenit Kazan, with outside hitter Matt Anderson, remains undefeated in the Russian league. Mitch Stahl, a middle blocker for Paris, has been instrumental in the team’s success in the French league. Finally, Kyle Russell, an outside hitter for the Berlin Recycling Volleys, has been showcasing his skills in the German league.


Q: When will the FIVB World Championship take place?

A: The FIVB World Championship will take place from September 10 to September 30, 2018.

Q: Which teams are in Pool C?

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A: Pool C consists of the U.S., Russia, Serbia, Australia, Tunisia, and Cameroon.

Q: How does the competition structure work?

A: The competition starts with four first-round pools, with the top four teams from each pool advancing to the second round. From there, the top three teams from each second-round pool will progress to the third round, with four teams eventually reaching the semifinals and finals.


The World Championship pools have been revealed, and the excitement is building as the U.S. Men’s National Team gears up to face tough opponents in Pool C. The competition structure promises intense action and thrilling matches as teams fight for a spot in the latter stages of the tournament. As international stars continue to showcase their skills across various leagues in Europe, fans eagerly anticipate the start of the World Championship. Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to follow the action closely.

For more information on the World Championship and updates on the participating teams, visit