Wednesday, 29 May 2024

MNT Update: U.S. Men Shine in Champions League

Catching up following Thanksgiving week, several U.S. Men delivered remarkable performances in Champions League play. Let’s dive into the highlights:

Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

On November 22, Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, featuring middle blocker David Smith and libero Erik Shoji, defeated Olympiacos Piraeus of Greece with a score of 3-1. Smith’s outstanding performance included 12 points, consisting of seven kills, three blocks, and two aces. Shoji showcased his defensive skills with a 43 percent positive reception rate and zero errors.

Ziraat Bankasi vs. Knack Roeselare

On November 23, Ziraat Bankasi, with opposite Matt Anderson, secured a victory against Belgium’s Knack Roeselare with a score of 3-1. Anderson contributed significantly, scoring 16 points with 12 kills, two blocks, and two aces.

Battle of the Titans: Ziraat Bankasi vs. Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle

On November 29, Ziraat Bankasi faced off against Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle in an intense match. Ziraat Bankasi emerged victorious with a score of 3-2. Anderson’s outstanding performance led the team to victory, scoring 23 points, including 21 kills, one block, and one ace. Smith contributed seven points with six kills and one ace, while Shoji displayed exceptional reception skills with a 55 percent positive reception rate and no errors.

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Asseco Resovia Rzeszów vs. Tours VB

On November 23, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, featuring outside hitter T.J. DeFalco, faced off against Tours VB of France. Despite a loss, DeFalco showcased his skills with seven points on seven kills.

Asseco Resovia Rzeszów vs. ACH Volley Ljubljana

On November 29, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów bounced back with a victory against ACH Volley Ljubljana of Slovenia with a score of 3-0. DeFalco played a crucial role, contributing 17 points with 12 kills and five blocks.

These were just a few of the exciting matchups involving U.S. Men in the Champions League. Stay tuned for more thrilling action as our talented athletes continue to make their mark on the international stage.


Q: Which U.S. Men’s teams participated in the Champions League?

A: U.S. Men were represented by various teams, including Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Ziraat Bankasi, and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów.

Q: Who were the standout players in the Champions League matches?

A: Several U.S. Men delivered exceptional performances, including Matt Anderson, David Smith, Erik Shoji, and T.J. DeFalco.

Q: How did the U.S. Men’s teams fare in the Champions League?

A: The U.S. Men’s teams achieved remarkable victories and demonstrated their skill and talent on the court.


In the thrilling world of Champions League volleyball, U.S. Men’s teams showcased their prowess against formidable opponents. From extraordinary performances by players like Matt Anderson, David Smith, Erik Shoji, and T.J. DeFalco, to the intense battles between teams, the Champions League provided a stage for top-level competition. Keep an eye on these talented athletes as they continue to make waves in the world of volleyball. For the latest updates and more exciting volleyball news, visit

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