Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Men’s U21 Suffers Second Setback to Czechia at World Championship

The U.S. Men’s U21 National Team faced another defeat against Czechia in pool play at the 2023 U21 World Championship. This loss marks the second time in three matches that Czechia has emerged victorious over the U.S. The match took place in Manama, Bahrain, and ended with a score of 3-0 in favor of Czechia (25-19, 25-16, 25-17).

U.S. Struggles to Secure a Win

In their upcoming match, the U.S. team will be up against Mexico, and both teams will be determined to secure their first win in the championship. The match is scheduled for 1 a.m. PT on Thursday.

Notable Performances

Dillon Klein, the U.S. team’s outside hitter, stood out with an impressive performance, recording 13 kills and a .444 hitting efficiency percentage. Additionally, Klein exhibited remarkable consistency with only one error in 27 total attacks. In the third set alone, he achieved a hitting percentage of .461 with six kills and no errors in 13 total attacks.

Several other players contributed to the U.S. team’s score, including Shane Wetzel and Owen Rose, who each contributed six points as an opposite and middle blocker, respectively. Zach Rama recorded five kills, and Theo Snoey totaled three kills. Rama also showcased his skill in successful receptions, amassing a total of seven.

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Challenging Sets

Throughout the match, the U.S. team faced difficulties in each set, often falling behind early on. In the second set, they managed to close the gap by going on a 3-0 run, tying the set at 10-10 after a block from Owen Rose. However, Czechia swiftly responded by scoring four consecutive points, ultimately outscoring the U.S. 15-6 for the remainder of the set. In the third set, Czechia took an early 5-1 lead and maintained their advantage without trailing.

Impressive Scoring by Czechia

Czechia’s opposite player, David Kollator, who plays for VK Lvi Praha, emerged as the top scorer of the match with a total of 14 points. Kollator previously showcased his talent as the top scorer at the 2022 European Youth Olympic Festival U19.

U.S. Men’s U21 Roster

The U.S. Men’s U21 team roster for the 2023 FIVB World Championship includes several skilled players from various colleges and regions across the United States. Notable team members include Ryan Merk, Dillon Klein, Island Doty, Andrew Rowan, Shane Wetzel, Nyherowo Omene, Trent Moser, Zach Rama, Owen Rose, Wesley Smith, Alex Rottman, and Theo Snoey. The team is led by Head Coach Andy Read, alongside Assistant Coaches Chris Seiffert and Rory Prager. Alex Hurlburt serves as the Performance Analyst, while Dr. Chris Cornell acts as the Team Doctor. Donovan Martinez fulfills the role of Team Lead for the USAV NTDP.

U.S. Men’s U21 Schedule

The U.S. Men’s U21 team has faced a challenging schedule in the 2023 FIVB World Championship. They have experienced defeats against Argentina, Belgium, Czechia, and Egypt. Their match against Mexico is scheduled for July 13 at 1 a.m. PT. The championship will continue with the semifinals, consolation playoffs, finals, and consolation matches on subsequent days.

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Q: How many times has the U.S. Men’s U21 National Team lost to Czechia in the championship?
A: The U.S. Men’s U21 National Team has suffered two defeats against Czechia in the championship.

Q: Who was the top scorer for Czechia in the match against the U.S.?
A: Czechia’s opposite player, David Kollator, emerged as the top scorer with 14 points.

Q: When will the U.S. team face Mexico in their upcoming match?
A: The match against Mexico is scheduled for July 13 at 1 a.m. PT.


In the U21 World Championship, the U.S. Men’s U21 National Team faced a challenging match against Czechia, resulting in their second defeat in the tournament. Despite the setback, individual players like Dillon Klein showcased their skills, contributing impressively to the team’s performance. The U.S. team will now focus on their upcoming match against Mexico as they strive to secure their first win in the championship. With a roster of talented players and a dedicated coaching staff, the U.S. team remains determined to overcome their previous losses and make a mark in the tournament.

For more information and updates on the U.S. Men’s U21 National Team and their journey in the 2023 FIVB World Championship, visit