Tuesday, 28 May 2024

MNT Update: U.S. Men Back Overseas for Club Season

The U.S. Men’s National Team athletes have kicked off their professional club seasons overseas, marking an exciting new chapter in their careers. Let’s take a closer look at their recent performances and achievements.


In Japan, the JT Thunders Hiroshima, led by the talented outside hitter Aaron Russell, secured a victory against the Suntory Sunbirds with a remarkable performance. Russell’s 24 points, consisting of 20 kills, two blocks, and two aces, played a crucial role in their 3-1 win.

Another notable win came from the Panasonic Panthers, where Thomas Jaeschke, a skilled outside hitter, excelled with 25 points, including 19 kills and six aces. Their outstanding teamwork resulted in a convincing 3-0 victory over the Tokyo Great Bears.


The KGHM Cuprum Lubin, featuring opposite Jake Hanes, started their season with an intense first set that lasted nearly an hour. Despite the challenge, they emerged victorious against Barkom Kazany Lviv with a resounding 3-0 win. Hanes was named the match MVP, leading all scorers with 17 points.

Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, with libero Erik Shoji and middle blocker David Smith, showcased their skills in a 3-1 win against PGE GiEK Skra Bełchatów. Smith’s contributions with 12 points and Shoji’s excellent defensive display added to their team’s success.

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Prisma Taranto Volley, represented by middle blocker Jeff Jendryk and opposite Kyle Russell, put up a strong fight but unfortunately fell short against Rana Verona Volley. Jendryk’s outstanding performance earned him 16 points, while Russell contributed four points to the team’s efforts.

Gabi Garcia Fernandez, serving as the opposite for Pallavolo Padova, showed his talent despite their loss to Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza. Garcia’s 11 points, comprising eight kills, one block, and two aces, demonstrated his prowess on the court.


In the Turkish league, Halkbank, led by setter Micah Ma’a, clinched a thrilling 3-2 victory against Ziraat Bankasi, where Matt Anderson showcased his skills as an opposite. In their second match, Anderson and Ziraat Bankasi bounced back with a dominant 3-0 win over Arkas Spor. Anderson’s 20 points were crucial to the team’s success.

Ma’a and Halkbank continued their strong start by defeating Spor Toto with a commanding 3-0 performance. Ma’a’s contributions, backed by a .600 hitting efficiency, played a vital role in their victory.


Chaumont Volley-Ball 52, with middle blockers Patrick Gasman and Michael Marshman, displayed their talent in a convincing 3-0 win against St-Nazaire. Gasman and Marshman’s combined effort, along with strong performances from Kyle Ensing and Jordan Ewert, contributed to their team’s success.


Lycurgus Volleyball, led by outside hitter Kyle McCauley, secured a well-deserved 3-1 victory over Draisma Dynamo. McCauley’s 14 points, including 12 kills and two blocks, played a significant role in their triumph.

Excitingly, more U.S. Men’s National Team athletes are set to begin their seasons soon in Germany, Austria, Finland, and Romania. Stay tuned for more updates on their performances and achievements!

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Q: Which teams did Aaron Russell and Thomas Jaeschke compete against in Japan?
A: Aaron Russell played against the Suntory Sunbirds, while Thomas Jaeschke faced the Tokyo Great Bears.

Q: Who were the standout players in the matches in Poland?
A: Jake Hanes was named the match MVP for his excellent performance with the KGHM Cuprum Lubin. Erik Shoji and David Smith also made significant contributions to Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle’s victory.


In this update, the U.S. Men’s National Team athletes embarked on their overseas club seasons, showcasing their skills and dedication to the sport. From Japan to Poland, Italy to Turkey, and beyond, these talented athletes have made their mark on the international stage. As the season progresses, we can expect more exciting performances from these players as they continue to pursue excellence in their respective clubs. Stay tuned for more updates and witness the incredible journey of the U.S. Men’s National Team athletes.