Fri, 17 Sep 2021

RIMINI, Italy, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Brazil has advanced into the men's Volleyball Nations League semifinals after brushing off Germany 3-0 here on Tuesday.

With one round left in the men's round-robin preliminaries though, Brazil, who have extended their winning streak to 10 matches for a 13-1 win-loss record, became the first team to secure a ticket in the semifinals.

"It was the first game played after we have qualified for the semifinals. We played a bit more relaxed with bigger confidence during this match," said Lucas Saatkamp from Brazil.

"We have many good players and this gives us an opportunity to rotate the lineup and despite the changes in the squad, the level of our game is still high and this is the strength of our team."

Poland secured their presence in the final four with a 3-0 victory over Iran.

"The most important thing is that we clinched the final four, so we are happy because it was our goal to play for a medal, to be at the top of the tournament," said Aleksander Sliwka, who had 10 points for Poland.

"Today again our opponents switched their line-up, but we did the same, so it was hard to predict who is playing on the other side. But the goal didn't change. We wanted to win and we did it perfectly," he added.

Slovenia eased past Japan 25-16, 25-16, 28-26 for their 11th win in 14 matches. Slovenia stood third, followed by France, Russia and Serbia.

Also on Tuesday, Serbia outlasted the Netherlands 3-2, Canada beat Australia 3-0, the United States defeated Bulgaria 3-0, France overcame Argentina 3-0, and Russia rallied past Italy 3-2.

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