By Cindy Luis
Clay Stanley had six kills as the U.S. men’s volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the FIVB World League with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 sweep of host Bulgaria Friday in Sofia.
Stanley, the team captain, added an ace and a block in the 78-minute victory. The Americans will play Cuba Saturday while Bulgaria takes on Poland. Today’s winners play Sunday for the gold medal.
“Our outside hitters passed the ball really well, which helped us run our offense,” said Stanley, the starter at opposite. “Our middles had an excellent match getting numerous kills off the net. Donny (Suxho) set them really well.
“I look forward to the semifinals.”
The U.S. last won the World League in 2008 before going on to win the Olympic gold medal later that year.