Thursday, 23 May 2024

Men’s Update: Vamos a Cuba

The U.S. Men’s National Team is gearing up for the FIVB World League with two exhibition matches in Havana, Cuba on June 4 and 6. This will be the first time the team has played in Cuba since 1995 when they participated in the World League. Initially, the U.S. Men invited Cuba to train in the United States, but due to scheduling conflicts, it did not work out. However, Cuba extended an invitation, which the U.S. Men gladly accepted.

U.S. Head Coach John Speraw expressed his excitement about the upcoming matches in Cuba, highlighting the enthusiasm and support of the local volleyball fans. He expects incredible crowds and believes the experience will be a great one for his team.

For fans in the United States, the next opportunity to see the U.S. Men in action will be at the FIVB World League held in Dallas from July 1-3.

Red/Blue Scrimmage

As part of their preparation, the U.S. Men’s National Team recently played a Red/Blue intrasquad scrimmage on May 27 at Santiago Canyon in Orange, Calif. The scrimmage provided an opportunity for the players to showcase their skills and teamwork.

On the Blue Team, Matt Anderson led the way with 17 points, contributing with 14 kills, two blocks, and one ace. Thomas Jaeschke and Reid Priddy also made significant contributions, adding 11 and 12 points respectively. Micah Christenson set for Anderson’s team, while Max Holt, David Lee, and Dan McDonnell shared time in the middle blocker position. Erik Shoji played libero.

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The Red Team, on the other hand, was led by Paul Lotman and Murphy Troy, who scored 12 and 11 points respectively. Russell Holmes and Garrett Muagututia also made notable contributions. Dustin Watten took on the role of libero, while Kawika Shoji and James Shaw split time as setters. Ben Patch and Kyle Russell substituted at opposite for the Red Team.


Q: When will the U.S. Men’s National Team play in the FIVB World League in Dallas?
A: The U.S. Men’s National Team will be competing in the FIVB World League in Dallas from July 1-3.

Q: When was the last time the U.S. Men’s National Team played in Cuba?
A: The U.S. Men’s National Team last played in Cuba in 1995 during the World League.

Q: What was the outcome of the recent Red/Blue scrimmage?
A: The Blue Team emerged victorious in the Red/Blue scrimmage, with Matt Anderson leading the way with 17 points.


The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to embark on an exhibition tour in Cuba as part of their preparations for the FIVB World League. The team is excited about the opportunity to play in front of passionate Cuban volleyball fans and expects a memorable experience. For those unable to attend the matches in Cuba, the FIVB World League in Dallas will offer a chance to see the U.S. Men play on home soil. In addition, the team recently held a successful Red/Blue scrimmage, showcasing the skills and talent of the players. With all these preparations underway, the U.S. Men’s National Team is primed for success in the upcoming competitions.

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