Wednesday, 29 May 2024

MNT Update: Jaeschke and Panthers Victorious Against Russell and Thunder

This week, we’re catching up with the U.S. Men’s National Team players as they compete around the world. In Japan, outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and the Panasonic Panthers are leading the league with an impressive 15-1 record. On January 6th, the Panthers faced off against the JT Hiroshima Thunder (13-5) and came out on top with a thrilling 3-2 victory (19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-10). Jaeschke delivered an outstanding performance, scoring 29 points with 27 kills, one block, and one ace. Aaron Russell, the Thunder’s outside hitter, also gave a strong performance, contributing 30 points with 26 kills, three aces, and one block.

In Turkey, setter Micah Ma’a and Halkbank (14-0) remain undefeated after a hard-fought 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 14-25, 15-10) against Matt Anderson and Ziraat Bankkart (11-3) on January 6th. Ma’a scored three crucial points with a kill, a block, and an ace, while Anderson led his team with 23 points, including 19 kills, three blocks, and one ace. The Christmas Eve match between Ma’a’s Halkbank and Fenerbahce Parolapara ended in a convincing 3-0 victory (25-20, 26-24, 25-19) for Halkbank, with Ma’a showcasing his exceptional setting skills. Anderson had a strong performance on December 23rd, scoring 21 points as Ziraat Bankkart (11-2) defeated Galatasaray HDI Sigorta in a thrilling 3-2 match (25-21, 25-27, 25-17, 26-28, 15-9).

Moving on to Italy, Rana Verona Volley, with outside hitter Francesco Sani, has seen significant improvements with three consecutive wins. In a closely contested match on December 26th, Verona secured a remarkable 3-2 victory (22-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-12) against Cucine Lube Civitanova. Sani’s contributions were crucial, as he scored 12 points, including 10 kills, one block, and one ace. Verona continued their winning streak with a 3-1 victory (26-24, 25-12, 20-25, 25-15) against Prisma Taranto Volley on December 30th, thanks to remarkable performances from Jeff Jendryk and Kyle Russell. Sani and Verona also secured a convincing 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-18, 25-13) against Vasa Group Modena on January 7th.

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In Poland, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, featuring outside hitter TJ DeFalco, has been performing exceptionally well, winning three out of their four matches in December and January. In the CEV Champions League, Rzeszów emerged victorious with a dominant 3-0 win (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) against Slovenian champion ACH Volley Ljublana on December 21st. In league play, Rzeszów defeated KGHM Cuprum Lubin (2-12) and Jake Hanes in an exciting 3-1 match (27-25, 25-17, 16-25, 25-22) on December 27th. DeFalco made significant contributions with four points, including three kills and one block. On January 3rd, DeFalco’s exceptional performance led Rzeszów to a thrilling 3-2 victory (24-26, 22-25, 26-24, 30-28, 15-9) against BOGDANKA LUK Lublin. DeFalco scored an impressive 24 points, including 19 kills, four blocks, and one ace.

Moving on to France, Chaumont Volley-Ball 52, with middle blockers Patrick Gasman and Michael Marshman, has been dominating the league with a 12-3 record. In their closely contested match against Toulouse on December 30th, Chaumont emerged victorious with a thrilling 3-2 win (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 17-15). Marshman made significant contributions, scoring six points with six kills. Gasman also showcased his skills, scoring three points with two kills and one block. Chaumont continued their winning streak with a hard-fought 3-2 victory (23-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-13, 16-14) against Narbonne on January 3rd, with Marshman delivering a remarkable performance by scoring 10 points with six kills and four blocks. Despite their recent loss to Tours on January 6th, Chaumont remains at the top of the league.

In China, middle blocker Max Holt has been playing for Beijing BAIC (10-2) in the Chinese League. On December 31st, Beijing secured a convincing 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-16, 25-21) against the Nanjing Radio and Television Cats, with Holt contributing three points through two blocks and one kill.

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Completing our update, setter Micah Christenson and Zenit Kazan finished 2023 on a high note by winning Kazan’s 12th Russian Cup. In the final, Kazan defeated Dynamo Moscow with a 3-1 victory (26-24, 30-32, 25-17, 25-20). Christenson played a vital role in the team’s success and scored two points. Zenit Kazan continued their winning streak with a perfect 3-0 record in their subsequent matches. On December 29th, Kazan delivered a commanding performance with a 3-0 victory (25-20, 25-19, 25-13) against Orenburg, with Christenson playing a crucial role in setting the team to a remarkable .533 hitting efficiency.

In Germany, the Berlin Recycling Volleys, featuring outside hitter Cody Kessel, are leading the league with a perfect 12-0 record. On December 23rd, Berlin secured a thrilling 3-2 victory (22-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 17-15) against SVG Lüneburg, with Kessel contributing a crucial point with a kill. Most recently, Berlin achieved another hard-fought victory with a 3-2 win (25-14, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15) against Netzhoppers KW Bestensee on January 5th.

In Austria, Hypo Tirol, with libero Tim McIntosh, continues their league unbeaten streak with a perfect 12-0 record. On December 18th, Hypo Tirol secured a convincing 3-0 victory (25-18, 25-17, 25-19) against UVC Holding Graz, with McIntosh showcasing his exceptional passing skills. Most recently, Hypo Tirol achieved another commanding victory with a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-17, 27-15) against SK Zadruga Aich/Dob on January 6th.

In Finland, Hurrikaani Loimaa, with libero Troy Gooch, is sitting in second place in the league with a solid 12-3 record. On January 6th, Loimaa secured a thrilling 3-2 victory (25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 20-18) against Ability-Betset, with Gooch delivering exceptional passing skills. U.S. outside hitter Greg Petty played a crucial role in Loimaa’s victory, scoring 28 points with 26 kills, one block, and one ace. For Ability-Betset, middle blocker Colin Lovejoy scored 11 points with 11 kills.

In the Netherlands, Nova Tech Lycurgus HS 1, featuring outside hitter Kyle McCauley, faced a tough defeat against VoCASA HS 1 on January 6th, losing in a thrilling 3-2 match (19-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-13). McCauley played a significant role in the match, scoring 13 points with 10 kills, two blocks, and one ace. Setter Cole Bogner contributed six points with five aces and one kill, while outside hitter Cole Gillis added two points with two aces. Lycurgus closed 2023 on a high note, advancing to the quarterfinals of the league’s cup tournament with a sweeping victory (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) against Physiotherapy Rosier/Jokers VC HS 1 on December 22nd.

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In this section, we covered the latest updates on U.S. Men’s National Team players competing around the world. Stay tuned for more exciting news and achievements from these talented athletes.


  1. Q: Who are the key players in the Panasonic Panthers?
    A: The key players in the Panasonic Panthers are outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and setter Micah Ma’a.

  2. Q: Which teams did the Berlin Recycling Volleys defeat in their recent matches?
    A: The Berlin Recycling Volleys secured victories against SVG Lüneburg and Netzhoppers KW Bestensee.

  3. Q: What was the result of the Zenit Kazan vs. Dynamo Moscow match?
    A: Zenit Kazan emerged victorious with a 3-1 win against Dynamo Moscow.

  4. Q: Who are the standout players in Hypo Tirol?
    A: Hypo Tirol has been performing exceptionally well with libero Tim McIntosh leading the team’s solid defense.

  5. Q: What is the current league standing of Hurrikaani Loimaa?
    A: Hurrikaani Loimaa is currently in second place in the league.


In this article, we provided updates on the U.S. Men’s National Team players competing in various leagues around the world. We highlighted the outstanding performances of players like Thomas Jaeschke and Micah Ma’a, who have been instrumental in leading their teams to victory. We also discussed the successes of teams like Berlin Recycling Volleys and Zenit Kazan, who remain undefeated in their respective leagues. Additionally, we covered the achievements of Hypo Tirol and Hurrikaani Loimaa, who have been performing exceptionally well in their leagues. Stay tuned for more updates on these talented athletes and their accomplishments. For more information, visit our website