USA complete another undefeated round


SOFIA, Bulgaria, September 23, 2018 – Despite playing with backups USA won for the eighth time in a row completing its second perfect round. The Americans managed a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 26-24) victory over Iran in three tightly contested sets.


Head coach John Speraw fielded a team of backups choosing to rest everyone who was on the court in last night’s demolition of Bulgaria. But it barely made a difference. Americans did not have their usual incredible kill rate in attack but the block was suffocating and serve was lethal.


Benjamin Patch had his best scoring performance of the championship with 17 points. Jake Langlois added 10 for USA. Milad Ebadipour was the only Iranian in double figures finishing with 10.


Also in Sofia, Canada handed co-hosts Bulgaria a 3-2 (25-19, 25-14, 21-25, 19-25, 15-10) loss to secure second place in Pool G.


Despite coming on the court only late in the second set Nikolay Uchikov finished with 20 points to lead all scorers. John Gordon Perrin accounted for 18 of Canada’s to finish the championship with 148.