Turin, Italy, October 1, 2018 - An unstoppable Poland, led by tournament MVP Bartosz Kurek, denied Brazil for the second time in a row, claiming back-to-back titles, Sunday at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship here in the capital of Piedmont region.
Poland's straight-set win in the grand final, before yet another sellout crowd at the Pala Alpitour, involved a very tight first set which saw Brazil cancel three Polish set points before the defending champions brought it home.
It all continued to go well from there on for Poland, as Brazil struggled to find a way to stop tournament (at 171 points) and match (24) top scorer Kurek.
USA had earlier come back from a set down to beat Serbia in four and claim the bronze - though that surely must have been small consolation for losing out on playing in the final.
Serbia's Uros Kovacevic srikes past the triple USA block of Aaron Russell, Max Holt and Matt Anderson as the Americans claim the bronze medal of the 2018 FIVB World Championship, Sunday evening in Turin.
It was all decided in the third set when Serbia could have gone 2-1 up, had they capitalised on their three set points before USA turned it around to get the job done on their own fifth.
• Serbia - USA 1-3
• Brazil - Poland 0-3
Top Six Final Ranking:
• 1. Poland
• 2. Brazil
• 3. USA
• 4. Serbia
• 5. Italy
• 6. Russia
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FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Italy-Bulgaria 2018
Results and ranking