VNL men: U.S. swept by Poland, other Friday results

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The U.S. was swept by defending event champion Poland 25-17, 28-26, 25-17 Friday in Volleyball Nations League play in Rimini, Italy.

The U.S. dropped to 2-3 after its second straight loss.

MB Taylor Averill (Hawai’i) came off the bench for 3 kills (3-1-4) and added a block.

S Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) 0-0-2 in kill attempts with 21 assists and 1 dig.

L Erik Shoji (Punahou) had 8 digs.

S Kawika Shoji did not dress

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Earlier Friday, the Netherlands picked up its first win when outlasting Germany, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13. This is the first time the Dutch have qualified for this event.

Opp Stijn van Tilburg served once with an SE.

Bulgaria, with Rado Parapunov (Hawai’i), against Canada just getting underway (9 a.m. HST)