Ranking: Men’s Nations League Preliminary Player of the Year
Nimir Abdelaziz, Netherlands
Despite the Dutch exit from the tournament, the forward showed unrealistic numbers in attack. During 12 games, the 31-year-old diagonal scored 217 points: 184 from the field (52% attack execution), 8 blocking and 25 serving. He became the best eysmen in the group stage. His maximum, 27 points, was scored in a game with Iran. He once again showed the numbers 20+ points per game.
Jesus Herrera Jaime, Cuba
The Cuban added 212 points in 12 games, he is the second highest scorer after the Dutchman Nymir. The 28-year-old diagonal made 11 total blocks and scored 21 points on the field. He knocked out 30 points twice, in a game with Serbia and Brazil. He twice brought the team 28 points and won 27 with Bulgaria.
Yuki Ishikawa, Japan
The 27-year-old winger is in the top 3 in scoring this season in the League of Nations, second only to Cuban Jesús Jaime and Dutchman Nymir. Yuki scored a total of 205 points: 177 from the field, 12 from the block, and 16 from serve in 12 games. He contributed the maximum 26 points in the game with Brazil.
Zhang Jinin, China
The 23-year-old spiker brought the team 201 points in 11 games, 22 of them blocking and 17 serving. He brought a maximum of 29 points at the beginning of the tournament in the battle with Bulgaria. He scored 15+ points eight more times.
Drazen Luburic, Serbia
The former Novosibirsk Lokomotiv striker will play in Turkey for Fenerbahce in the new season. In the Nations League, he covered the top 5 in terms of performance: he gave the team 192 points, where 20 in total are a block and a serve. The 29-year-old 12-match diagonal did not come out alone in the battle with Italy. In other games he regularly scored around 20 points.
Yuri Romano, Italy
Even at the last and victorious World Cup, the 25-year-old replaced the elderly Ivan Zaitsev in the Italian national team. And it seems to be successful: Romano scored 157 successful attacks (46% of sales), 13 times and scored another 21 points on the field. He brought the maximum of 22 points for himself in the last game with Japan.
Ricardo Lucarelli, Brazil
31-year-old Doigrovschik in 12 games contributed 176 points. He also did well on defense: On average, he gave up less than 20% of a successful reception. He scored 20 points at the start of the tournament: in games with Germany and Cuba.
Tine Urnaut, Slovenia
One of the oldest participants in the League of Nations, Tina, 34, is firmly in the top 10 forwards at the tournament. She scored 174 points: 152 attacking, 4 blocking, and 18 serving. The finalist only once knocked out 20+ – in the team’s first match against Serbia, she scored 22 points.
Matthew Anderson, United States
The 36-year-old American played diagonally for the national team, although at Zenit St. Petersburg, with whom he extended his contract for another season, he often acted as an additional player. The variable volleyball player – second to score on the team after Tory Defalco – scored 112 points: 80 on offense and another 22 total on blocks and serves.