Alan Knipe's men wrapped their round-robin campaign up with a 3-0 win against Tunisia today to top Pool B, while Italy finished fourth in Group A.
Bulgaria topped their pool after winning a straight shoot-out with Italy today and will face Germany - 3-0 losers to Brazil, although they did rest star man Gyorgy Grozer.
Poland were runners-up to Bulgaria despite losing to Australia this morning and will meet Russia, while Brazil and Argentina will also square up.
Australia, Great Britain, Serbia and Tunisia are the four sides to make an early exit.
The Host Nation went down to a 3-0 defeat against Argentina today, while Russia were straight-sets winners over Serbia.
Russia's Maxim Mikhaylov ended the group stage as the leading scorer with 93 points, just two more than Australia's Thomas Edgar.
Germany's Markus Steuerwald was rated as the competition's best libero, while Russia's tall Marko Padrascanin returned a top-scoring 81 blocks.