VNL men: Thursday results, Friday schedule

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Friday’s schedule

Of note, Argentina, which arrived in Rimini, Italy, with nine players due to COVID protocol, has been allowed to add nine players to the “Bubble.” Six arrived over the weekend and three arrived Thursday. Quite a few things need to be done before players are cleared to play, including a PCR test 48 hours before arrival and a PCR test upon arrival. In addition, the players are quarantining in single hotel rooms for 72 hours  before undergoing an additional PCR test. The players are then permitted to enter the bubble, on the condition that a negative test result is produced.

On Thursday:

>> Defending VNL champion Russia defeated the U.S. 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 25-19

MB Taylor Averill (Hawai’i) 4 kills (4-0-6), 1 block

S Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) 35 assists, 4 kills (4-0-6), 4 digs, 1 ace

L Erik Shoji (Punahou) 8 digs

>> Slovenia swept the Netherlands, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18

O Stijn van Tilburg (Hawai’i) 0-1-2

>> Italy held off Bulgaria, 25-19, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12

O Rado Parapunov (Hawai’i) match-high 22 points, 17 kills (17-8-35), 4 blocks, 1 ace

And thank you to Maverick for the YouTube link of Parapunov’s performance