Monday, 27 May 2024

MNT Update: Kyle Ensing Shines in France

It’s been an eventful week for U.S. Men’s players competing for professional clubs around the world. In France, Kyle Ensing and St. Nazaire have climbed up to third place in the league standings. They secured a 3-1 victory over Chaumont, with Ensing delivering an impressive performance and earning the title of match MVP. He led all scorers with 20 points, showcasing his skills with 16 kills, three blocks, and one ace. Patrick Gasman, playing for Chaumont, also had a notable contribution, scoring six points with five kills and one block.

Another American player in France, Kyle Russell, faced a defeat as his team, Sète, fell to Nantes Rezé. However, Russell stood out as the leading scorer for Sète, accumulating 25 points on 25 kills. In Nice, libero Kyle Dagostino put up a strong defense, recording 30 receptions with a 57 percent success rate. Unfortunately, his team suffered a loss against Paris.

In CEV Tournaments, Micah Ma’a played a vital role in Turkey’s HalkBank Ankara’s victory over Poland’s Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie. Ma’a was named the match MVP, contributing three points, including a kill, a block, and an ace, while setting Ankara to an impressive .455 hitting efficiency. Cody Kessel, representing Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys, helped his team secure a 3-0 win against Bulgaria’s Hebar Pezardzhik, making a significant contribution with a block.

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Turning our attention to Italy, Gabi Garcia led Cucine Lube Civitanova, the top team in Pool C, to a convincing victory over Sport Lisboa e Benfica of Portugal. Garcia’s exceptional performance saw him score 15 points, all from kills. Meanwhile, Erik Shoji and David Smith from Poland’s Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle delivered a strong performance in their team’s 3-2 win against ČEZ Karlovarsko of the Czech Republic.

Joe Worsley, Gage Worsley, Jordan Ewert, and Colton Cowell of Germany’s SVG Lüneburg celebrated a remarkable CEV Cup win over Italy’s Valsa Group Modena. The team displayed great teamwork, with Ewert leading the scoring with 21 points and Cowell adding 15 points to the tally.

In Poland, T.J. DeFalco played a critical role in Asseco Resovia Rzeszów’s victory over PGE Skra Bełchatów. DeFalco’s 14 points, including 11 kills, contributed to the team’s success. Shoji and Smith also played their part, helping Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle secure a win against PSG Stal Nysa.

Taylor Averill and Josh Tuaniga aided Indykpol AZS Olsztyn in moving up to seventh place in the league standings with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over GKS Katowice. Averill contributed nine points, including seven kills and two blocks, while Tuaniga scored four points and masterfully set the team to a .452 hitting efficiency.

Jeff Jendryk and Dustin Watten showcased their skills, propelling LUK Lublin to a 3-0 victory against GKS Katowice. Jendryk scored five points with four kills and one ace, while Watten displayed excellent defensive skills with six receptions at a 50 percent success rate.

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Matt West, playing for Cerrad Enea Czarni Radom, couldn’t secure a win against Trefl Gdańsk. However, opposite Jake Haines put up a strong fight for BBTS Bielsko-Biała, contributing 15 points in their match against Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle.

Aaron Russell represented JT Thunders Hiroshima in Japan, where he scored 15 points in the team’s match against JTEKT Stings. Matt Anderson, playing for Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia, showcased his skills with eight points in their win against NOVA Novokuybyshevsk. In the same league, Micah Christenson helped Zenit Kazan secure a victory over Dinamo Moscow, contributing four points and setting the team to an impressive .495 hitting efficiency.

In Germany, the Berlin Recycling Volleys, led by Cody Kessel, maintained their position at the top of the league with a 3-1 win over Düren. Kessel played a significant role, scoring seven points with six kills and one block. SVG Lüneburg, with Gage Worsley, Jordan Ewert, Joe Worsley, and Colton Cowell, celebrated a 3-1 victory against Energiequelle Netzhoppers KW-Bestensee. Worsley showcased his exceptional defensive skills, making 17 receptions, while Ewert and Cowell contributed seven points each.

James Shaw, playing for WWK Volleys Herrsching, faced a defeat against SVG Lüneburg, but he displayed his skills with two points and set his team to a .292 hitting efficiency.

In Turkey, Micah Ma’a led Halkbank to a 3-1 victory over Tursad, contributing four points and setting the team to a remarkable .550 hitting efficiency. Dan McDonnell, representing Arkas Spor, also celebrated a win, scoring eight points in their match against Tokat Belediye Plevne.

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This update showcases the outstanding performances of U.S. Men’s players competing at the international level. Their contributions have been instrumental in their teams’ successes across various leagues and tournaments.


Q: How did Kyle Ensing perform in his recent match?
A: Kyle Ensing delivered a stellar performance, leading all scorers with 20 points and securing the title of match MVP.

Q: Who are some of the standout players from the U.S. Men’s team?
A: Some notable players include Micah Ma’a, Cody Kessel, Gabi Garcia, and Matt Anderson, who have consistently showcased their skills and contributed significantly to their teams’ victories.

Q: Which teams are currently leading in their respective leagues?
A: Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, Berlin Recycling Volleys, Cucine Lube Civitanova, Zenit St. Petersburg, and Halkbank Ankara are among the top-performing teams in their leagues.


The U.S. Men’s players continue to excel in their professional clubs across the globe, making significant contributions to their teams’ victories. Their exceptional performances serve as a testament to their talent and dedication to the sport. As fans, we eagerly anticipate their future endeavors and look forward to witnessing more remarkable achievements on the international stage.

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