Stephen Boyer's scoring prowess has helped France in the World League Final Six
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2017 – Six different nations are represented in the team of the week for week 2 of the 2017 FIVB World League.
It was another great weekend of volleyball action with some superb performances across the globe as the chase for a place in the Final Six heated up.
Stephen Boyer has been chosen as opposite spiker after France were the first to book their place in the Final Six in Curitiba.
They won three from three in front of their home fans in Pau to take their record to six wins from six.
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Boyer was at the forefront of their efforts. He scored 20 against Russia, added a further 20 against Italy and finished the weekend by scoring 19 against USA to take his tally at the top of the World League scoring charts to 106.
He also holds the best serve record with 12 aces and 15 faults.
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Taylor Sander is the wing spiker. He took his tally for the tournament to 89 points after scoring 10 versus Italy, 14 versus Russia and 25 against France. The USA’s wins over Russia and Italy mean that they sit ninth in the rankings with two wins from six.
Brazil’s setter Bruno has helped his side to a record of four wins and two defeats and he has been rewarded for his efforts by being chosen for the team of the week.
The Olympic champions are third in the rankings following a weekend that featured wins over Canada and Poland.
Canada’s Blair Bann has been named as the libero. The Canucks beat Bulgaria and lost to Brazil and Poland, but he continues to lead the table as best digger with an average of 2.45 per set.
Serbia currently sit second in the World League rankings and appear set for a place in the Final Six and the chance to defend the title they won in 2016.
Middle blocker Srecko Lisinac has been a huge part of their efforts this season and he has been named as one of two middle blockers, alongside Bulgaria’s Nikolay Nikolov.
Nikolov heads the table for blocks in the tournament, while Lisinac is third.
Both teams are in action in Cordoba, Argentina this week meaning that the clash between Nikolov and Lisinac will go a long way to determining who comes out on top.