France lost the last remaining unbeaten record in the men's Volleyball Nations League ©Volleyball World

France lost the last remaining unbeaten record at the men’s Volleyball Nations League after they were defeated in five sets by Serbia in Rimini, Italy today.

France, who had won their first four matches of the tournament, started strongly going two sets up before Serbia fought back to triumph 22-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 15-9.

The defeat for the French means Russia are now top of the table, after their straight sets win against Australia 25-19, 26-24, 25-21.

Six countries now sit on four wins with Russia on 13 points, followed by Poland, Slovenia, Brazil and France on 12 points, and Serbia on 11.

Slovenia beat Argentina 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 in the day’s opening contest, Poland overcame the United States 25-17, 28-26, 25-17 while Brazil also triumphed in straight sets winning 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 over Japan.

The second match to go the distance today was an all European affair with the Netherlands beating Germany 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13.

In the day’s other matches Iran beat Italy 26-24, 29-27, 21-25, 25-22 while Canada overcame Bulgaria 28-26, 25-23, 25-16.

Another round of men’s matches are scheduled tomorrow before a three-day break as the women’s league resumes.