Gabrielle Nelli scored 28 points as he led Italy to victory over USA on the opening day of Weekend 2 of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.
Ufa, Russia, June 7, 2019 - Gabriele Nelli led Italy to a convincing 3-1 (25-23, 13-25, 25-20, 25-23) win over USA on the opening day of the second weekend of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League, scoring a match-high 28 points.
The 28 points of Italy's 25-year-old opposite balanced out the 24 scored by his American counterpart Benjamin Patch.
USA tried to outserve the Italians (and indeed served 9 aces to 6), but in the end the European side prevailed even while trailing the Americans in total points, 88-91.
It was Italy's third win in four matches. USA, hosts of the Final Six in Chicago from July 10-14, have now dropped to a 1-3 record.
The second weekend of the men's VNL had previously opened with some exciting action, including an all-time high blocking performance by Poland against France. The reigning world champions went down in four to France
, but registered 19 blocks, bettering the previous team record of 18 set last year by Italy in their 2-3 defeat to Korea.Quick links - Volleyball:FIVB.com - Volleyball Nations LeagueFIVB.com - VolleyballFacebookTwitterInstagram