US beats Italy to stay undefeated at volleyball World Cup
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The United States remained unbeaten at the men’s volleyball World Cup on Saturday with a hard-fought 25-18, 25-23, 29-27 win over Italy.
Matt Anderson scored 19 points as the U.S. improved to 4-0 and lead the standings with 12 points.
In other matches, Poland rallied from two sets down to beat Iran 18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-11. Poland, which won the 2014 World Championship, also improved to 4-0 but trail the Americans by one point as a result of more sets lost.
Bartosz Kurek scored 19 points for Poland and is the tournament’s leading scorer on 80.
Maxim Mikhaylov scored 19 points to lead defending World Cup champion Russia (3-1) to a 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20 win over Argentina.
Host Japan beat Canada 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 while Australia picked up its first win with a 23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13 victory against Egypt.
Two berths for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are available in the 12-nation tournament that runs to Sept. 23.