Wednesday, 29 May 2024

U.S. Men Battle but Fall to Slovenia in Five at VNL

The U.S. Men’s volleyball team put up a strong fight but ultimately fell to Slovenia in a thrilling five-set match at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The game, held in Rimini, Italy, saw both teams deliver exceptional performances, with Slovenia emerging victorious with a score of 3-2 (30-28, 19-25, 25-20, 26-28, 13-15).

Micah Christenson, the team’s setter, commended their efforts, stating, “I thought we fought pretty well. I think defensively we cleaned some things up. I think we have a lot to be proud of and thought we showed a lot of character out there.” Despite the loss, the U.S. Men’s team showcased their resilience and determination throughout the match.

Up next, the U.S. Men will face Bulgaria in their upcoming match. With a current record of 6 wins and 7 losses, the team remains focused on their main goal – preparing for the Olympic Games. The match against Bulgaria will provide them with an opportunity to learn and fine-tune their strategies for the upcoming tournament.

Official Statistics

The U.S. Men’s team, led by Head Coach John Speraw, fielded a strong lineup consisting of Taylor Sander and T.J. DeFalco as outside hitters, Matt Anderson as opposite, David Smith and Max Holt as middle blockers, Micah Christenson as setter, and Erik Shoji as libero. The substitutes included Kyle Ensing, Garrett Muagututia, Mitch Stahl, and Thomas Jaeschke.

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In terms of statistics, Slovenia held the advantage in both kills (69-61) and blocks (11-10). However, the U.S. Men’s team led in ace serves with 6 compared to Slovenia’s 4. Slovenia’s Klemen Cebulj emerged as the top scorer with 27 points, followed by Taylor Sander with 21.

Despite the loss, the U.S. Men’s team remains focused on their ultimate goal – the Olympic Games. They will continue to learn and prepare for the upcoming tournament, using each match as an opportunity to improve their performance and showcase their skills.

U.S. Men’s National Team 14-Person Roster for June 21

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s roster for the match on June 21 included some of the country’s top volleyball players:

  1. Matt Anderson (OP, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State Univ.)
  2. Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., Brigham Young Univ.)
  3. Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago)
  4. Kyle Ensing (OP, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State Univ.)
  5. Mitch Stahl (MB, 6-8, Chambersburg, Pa., Univ. of California Los Angeles)
  6. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford Univ.)
  7. T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State Univ.)
  8. Micah Christenson (S, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Southern California)
  9. Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State Univ.)
  10. Brenden Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., Brigham Young Univ.)
  11. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago)
  12. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., Univ. of California Los Angeles)
  13. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., Univ. of California Irvine)
  14. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford Univ.)
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The team is led by Head Coach John Speraw, with support from Assistant Coaches Brian Thornton and Matthew Fuerbringer. The athletic trainers Aaron Brock and Timothy Pelot, along with Team Manager and Technical Coordinator Nate Ngo, provide additional support to the team.

U.S. Men’s Schedule for FIVB Volleyball Nations League

The U.S. Men’s team has a challenging schedule for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, with matches against top teams from around the world. Here is their schedule for the tournament:

  • May 28: USA def Canada, 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-20)
  • May 29: Brazil def USA, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-19)
  • May 30: USA def Argentina, 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19)
  • June 3: Russia def USA, 3-1 (25-22, 25-29, 17-25, 25-19)
  • June 4: Poland def USA, 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-17)
  • June 5: USA def Australia, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17)
  • June 9: Iran def USA, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23)
  • June 10: USA def Germany, 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 29-27)
  • June 11: Serbia def USA, 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 27-25)
  • June 15: USA def Italy, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-21)
  • June 16: France def USA, 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 31-29, 25-22)
  • June 17: USA def Netherlands, 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13)
  • June 21: Slovenia def. USA, 3-2 (30-28, 19-25, 25-20, 26-28, 13-15)
  • June 22 at 4 a.m.: Bulgaria vs USA
  • June 23 at 4 a.m.: USA vs Japan
  • June 26: Semifinals 1 and 2
  • June 27: Bronze and Gold medal matches

FAQs

  1. What was the final score of the match between the U.S. Men and Slovenia?
  • The final score of the match was 3-2 in favor of Slovenia (30-28, 19-25, 25-20, 26-28, 13-15).
  1. Who were the top scorers for the U.S. Men’s team in the match?
  • Taylor Sander was the top scorer for the U.S. Men’s team, contributing 21 points to the match.
  1. What is the U.S. Men’s team’s record in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League?
  • The U.S. Men’s team currently has a record of 6 wins and 7 losses in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
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Summary

In a thrilling five-set match, the U.S. Men’s volleyball team battled hard but ultimately fell to Slovenia in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Despite the loss, the team showcased their determination and resilience throughout the game. With their focus on the upcoming Olympic Games, the U.S. Men’s team continues to learn and prepare for the tournament. Stay tuned for their future matches and support them on their journey to success.