Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Argentina Wins 2nd Friendly over U.S. Men

Players from the U.S. Men’s National Team faced a tough defeat against Argentina’s national team in their second friendly match. The match ended with a score of 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 in favor of Argentina. However, the U.S. Men’s players are using these matches as valuable preparation for the upcoming Pan American Cup and FIVB World Championships.

Recap of the Match

Despite a strong performance from the U.S. Men’s team, Argentina managed to secure the victory. The U.S. Men led in aces with 8 points compared to Argentina’s 4, but had more serving errors with 24 compared to Argentina’s 18. The teams were tied in blocks with 8 each, while Argentina took the lead in kills with 49 compared to the U.S. Men’s 44.

James Shaw, the starting setter for the U.S. Men’s team, played a crucial role in their performance, hitting .365. On the other hand, Maximiliano Cavanna led Argentina with a hitting percentage of .381.

Brenden Sander, the U.S. Men’s outside hitter, was the top scorer for his team with 16 points, comprising of 11 kills, 2 blocks, and 3 aces. Kyle Ensing, the opposite, contributed 12 points to the team’s score before leaving the match in the third set. David Wieczorek, another outside hitter for the U.S. Men’s team, scored 8 points with 5 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace.

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For Argentina, Jose Luis Gonzalez led the scoring with 16 points, including 11 kills and 3 blocks. Facundo Conte, an outside hitter, added 14 points with 13 kills and 1 ace.

Match Highlights

In the first set, the U.S. Men led 8-6 before Argentina tied the score at 8-8. Argentina managed to take the lead for good after scoring four consecutive points, with Facundo Conte’s ace contributing to the run.

The second set saw the U.S. Men trailing 17-13, but they managed to tie the score at 17-17 with a kill from Sander. The U.S. Men then took the lead at 21-18 with two consecutive blocks from Stahl and two aces from Sander. Wieczorek’s kill and ace sealed the set win for the U.S. Men.

Although the U.S. Men led 8-6 in the third set, Argentina quickly caught up and took the lead, resulting in a substitution of players by U.S. Head Coach Rob Neilson. However, the U.S. Men were unable to recover and ultimately lost the set.

Argentina dominated the fourth set, jumping to a 5-0 lead and maintaining their advantage throughout the set. The U.S. Men fought back and tied the score at 18-18, but errors cost them as Argentina reached match point at 24-21. Although the U.S. Men managed to score one more point, Conte ended the match with a kill, securing the victory for Argentina.

U.S. Starters and Statistics

The U.S. Men’s team started the match with the following lineup:

  • Outside hitters: Brenden Sander and David Wieczorek
  • Middle blockers: Jeff Jendryk and Mitch Stahl
  • Setter: James Shaw
  • Opposite: Kyle Ensing
  • Libero: Michael Brinkley
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Other notable players who were substituted throughout the match include Micah Ma’a, Kupono Fey, Carson Clark, Matt Pollock, and Larry Tuileta.

Key statistics for the U.S. Men’s team:

  • Kills: Sander 11, Ensing 9, Wieczorek 5, Jendryk 4, Shaw 4, Stahl 4, Clark 3, Fey 2, Pollock 2
  • Blocks: Wieczorek 2, Sander 2, Ensing 2, Pollock 1, Jendryk 1
  • Aces: Sander 3, Shaw 2, Stahl 1, Ensing 1
  • Digs: Shaw 12, Brinkley 9, Wieczorek 6, Ensing 5, Sander 4, Fey 4, Clark 4, Jendryk 4, Tuileta 3


Q: What were the highlights of the match between the U.S. Men and Argentina?

In the match, the U.S. Men showed strong performances, with Brenden Sander leading the team in scoring with 16 points. The second set was particularly intense, with the U.S. Men making a remarkable comeback to secure the win.

Q: Who were the standout players for the U.S. Men’s team?

Brenden Sander and Kyle Ensing were standout performers for the U.S. Men’s team, contributing significantly to the team’s overall score.

Q: How does this match contribute to the preparation for the Pan American Cup and FIVB World Championships?

These friendly matches provide invaluable experience and preparation for the U.S. Men’s team as they gear up for the upcoming competitions. The team can analyze their performance, identify areas for improvement, and make necessary adjustments to enhance their chances of success in the future.


Although the U.S. Men’s team faced a defeat against Argentina’s national team, the match served as a valuable learning experience and preparation for future competitions. The team showed determination and resilience in their performance, with standout players making notable contributions. The U.S. Men’s team will continue to work hard and make improvements as they strive for success in the Pan American Cup and FIVB World Championships. For more information about the U.S. Men’s team and their upcoming games, visit Alpinetgheep.

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