The fascination of Volleyball is that the story changes all the time: one week you can win three matches in a row, the next week you lose. France, Italy, South Korea and USA, played each other again this weekend with completely different results from the first round of the 2012 World League. In Lyon it was the turn of France and USA to go ahead in the pool.
Hosts France with FIVB Hero Antonin Rouzier began their weekend in style with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 31-29, 25-16) win over South Korea on Friday. Our hero was amongst the best in his team with a total 14 points. In the next match the USA took revenge for their loss to Italy with a straight-sets victory (30-28, 28-26, 25-22). FIVB Hero Clayton Stanley didn’t face his fellow FIVB Hero Simone Parodi who is still recovering, but a new team with young players. At the end of the match Clayton said “We didn’t know much about this young Italian team. In the first set we probably started too slow but we kept our fucus, point after point”. In the second day of action USA clinched another victory in four sets (22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-16) over Korea who were still looking for their first victory in the competition. France won the second game, overcoming Italy 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20) reaching the top spot of the Group with 11 points and taking revenge for the loss in Florence. FIVB Hero Rouzier was again one of the top scorers in the match. Eventually on Sunday Korea picked up their first win of the 2012 World League against Italy 3-2 (22-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-15, 15-11) in a thrilling match with Italy taking the first two sets and losing the next three. The last match saw the USA winning over France 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21): FIVB Hero Clayton Stanley faced off against Antonin Rouzier, but the USA captain prevailed thanks to six points scored just with his service.
This unbelievable weekend has turned the Pool C standings completely around with USA and France on the top, whilst Italy with three defeats is in third place with 9 points followed by South Korea with 5. The four teams face each other again next week in Korea, for another emotion charged weekend of volleyball! Follow your favorite FIVB heroes on FIVBheroes.com and check the results on fivb.org!