efe-epaRuse, Bulgaria

Brazil kicked off its quest for a fourth title at the Volleyball Men's World Championship with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-20) victory here Wednesday over Egypt in opening round-robin action in Pool B.

The reigning Olympic gold medalists, who have come into this year's World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria with some new faces, dominated the first set but had to come from behind to win the second.

In the third set, the play of setter Bruno Rezende was crucial as Brazil held off the Egyptians and clinched victory in one hour and 23 minutes.

Wallace de Souza and Douglas Souza were the top scorers for Brazil with 12 points apiece, while Ahmed Abdelhay led the way for Egypt with 13 points.

In two other Pool B games on Wednesday in Ruse, France defeated China 3-0 and Canada topped the Netherlands 3-0.

Also Wednesday, Slovenia defeated the Dominican Republic 3-1 in Pool A, Cameroon topped Tunisia 3-0 and Russia beat Australia 3-0 in Pool C and Iran topped Puerto Rico 3-0 and defending champion Poland defeated Cuba 3-1 in Pool D.

Play in Pool B will resume in Ruse on Thursday when Brazil squares off against France and Egypt plays Canada.