ROME -- The United States opened the third round of the volleyball world championships with a 3-0 win over France on Monday.
Clayton Stanley led the Olympic champions with 14 points, 4 blocks and 4 aces -- while Sean Rooney and David Lee added 11 points each.
U.S. coach Alan Knipe called his squad's attack and block percentage "almost perfect."
Two-time defending world champion Brazil had to rally from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Czech Republic 3-2, winning the tiebreaker 15-8.
Also, fourth-ranked Serbia beat Argentina 3-1, with Ivan Maljlovic leading the way with 20 points; and Bulgaria defeated Spain 3-1.