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Russia, USA both through to VNL semis, clash for 1st place in pool

Lille, France, July 5, 2018 - Russia and USA are both qualified for the semifinals of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, but they go head-to-head Friday in Lille to decide top position in Pool B. They meet for 59th time in volleyball history, with Russia (including the USSR and CIS) leading the series 35-23. This is a rematch of their pool play encounter on the penultimate day of the preliminary phase, by when both had qualified for the final six, allowing both coaches to rest some key players. Russia won that one in straight sets.

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Referees

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Fabrizio Pasquali

Nationality
Italy
Birth Date
11/11/1967
Birth Place
Ascoli Piceno
Volleyball International Referee Nominated
2004

Paulo Turci

Nationality
Brazil
Birth Date
7/25/1964
Birth Place
LONDRINA
Volleyball International Referee Nominated
2008
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