Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Sterling Silver: U.S. Men Take 2nd at VNL Final

The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team put up a strong fight but fell short of the gold medal at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals. Russia emerged victorious for the second consecutive year, defeating the U.S. in a thrilling match at Credit Union 1 Arena, with set scores of 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20.

Despite the disappointment, the United States showcased significant improvement, surpassing their bronze-medal finish from the previous year’s VNL. The team will now shift their focus to the Olympic qualification tournament in the Netherlands from August 9-11.

Individual performances stood out for the U.S. squad, with Matt Anderson receiving the MVP title of the VNL Finals. Micah Christenson was recognized as the Best Setter, Erik Shoji as the Best Libero, and Max Holt as the Best Middle Blocker in the FIVB Dream Team.

Anderson expressed his satisfaction with his personal performance but acknowledged room for improvement, vowing to work hard in the upcoming weeks before the qualification tournament.

Taylor Sander led the scoring charts in the final match, recording 20 points, followed closely by Anderson with 19 points. Sander emphasized the impact of Russia’s powerful serves, which put immense pressure on the U.S. team and ultimately proved to be the deciding factor.

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The U.S. Men displayed dominance in the kills department, outscoring their opponents 51-49. However, Russia held the advantage in kill percentage, with 53.2% compared to the U.S.’s 49.5%.

Head Coach John Speraw identified service and reception as areas where his team struggled during the match. He credited Russia’s efficient offensive plays and acknowledged their overall superiority on the night.

Speraw made strategic substitutions throughout the game in an attempt to bolster the team’s chances. While some adjustments had positive effects, others fell short in achieving the desired outcome.

Continuing their pursuit of success, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will analyze their performance and address areas needing improvement as they prepare for future challenges.


Q: How did the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team perform in the VNL Finals?
A: The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team secured a silver medal at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals, finishing as the runners-up.

Q: Who were the top performers for the U.S. team?
A: Matt Anderson was named the MVP of the VNL Finals, while Micah Christenson, Erik Shoji, and Max Holt were recognized in the FIVB Dream Team.

Q: What’s next for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team?
A: The team will focus on the Olympic qualification tournament, scheduled to take place in the Netherlands from August 9-11.


The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team showcased their talent and determination at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals but fell short of claiming the gold medal. Despite this setback, the team improved upon their previous year’s performance and secured a well-deserved silver medal. Matt Anderson was awarded the MVP title, highlighting his outstanding contributions throughout the tournament. The team now shifts their focus to the upcoming Olympic qualification tournament, where they will strive to secure a spot in the highly anticipated Olympic Games. Fans can eagerly anticipate the team’s continued growth and success in the future.

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