USA and Russia undefeated in pool play at U18 Worlds
The North Americans and the Europeans top their pools ahead of the elimination round
Four teams, one in each group, completed their pool play schedule at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship on Thursday, in Durango, Mexico. Among them are undefeated Russia and the United States.
Poland were on the right side of a five-set thriller with Mexico and won their second match in the tournament, securing at least the pool’s third-place ahead of the Round of 16.
Turkey ended pool play with three wins in four matches after they downed Egypt in five sets. The only undefeated team in the pool, Italy now have three victories after they topped the Dominican Republic in straight sets.
Defending champions the United States guaranteed the best campaign in pool play among all 20 teams with their straight-set victory against Puerto Rico. Romania also won their match, a five-setter against Thailand, and secured the second spot in the pool.
Guaranteed a place in the Round of 16, Russia and Brazil won their matches of the day. The Europeans kept their record perfect ahead of the elimination round with a 3-0 win over Argentina while the South Americans rebounded from a defeat to the Russians in great fashion by downing Slovakia also in four sets.