Thursday, 23 May 2024

U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team Clinches 4th Consecutive Win

The U.S. Men’s National Team continues to dominate the FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a remarkable four-match win streak. In their latest match, the team displayed exceptional teamwork and skill, securing a hard-fought victory over France. Middle blockers Max Holt and David Smith were instrumental in the win, showcasing their experience and versatility.

A Stellar Performance by Holt and Smith

Max Holt proved to be a force to be reckoned with, contributing 11 points to the team’s tally. His performance included five kills, three blocks, and a match-high three aces. Notably, Holt sealed the victory with an ace on French outside hitter Earvin Ngapeth during match point. Speaking about the win, Holt expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “It wasn’t pretty, but we got it done and got better as a team.”

David Smith also showcased his skills, scoring an impressive 13 points. His contributions included five blocks, two aces, and six kills. The team’s efforts in blocking improved significantly throughout the match, outperforming France with a final tally of 15 blocks to 14.

United States’ Stellar Weekend

The win against France completed the U.S. team’s successful weekend, culminating in a perfect 3-0 sweep of the matches. With this victory, their overall record stands at 5-4, solidifying their sixth-place position. The team is now heading to Hoffman Estates, Ill., where they will participate in matches on June 21-23.

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Eye on the VNL Finals

The U.S. Men’s National Team has their sights set on the VNL Finals, scheduled to take place from July 10-14 in Chicago. Regardless of their final ranking, they have secured their qualification for the event. This achievement is a testament to their remarkable performance and dedication.

Impressive Statistics and Control

The U.S. team’s exceptional serving and control played a significant role in their victory. They capitalized on France’s errors, scoring 30 points due to their opponent’s mistakes. In comparison, they committed 24 errors themselves. The U.S. also showcased their efficiency in attacking, with a kill percentage of 43.4, slightly surpassing France’s 41.

Contributions from Key Players

Outside hitter Taylor Sander led the team with an outstanding 16 points, consisting of 14 kills and two blocks. He expressed his satisfaction with the team’s efforts, stating, “It was nice to come here and get three wins. We’re happy with the way we improved and excited to go back to the USA and play in front of our fans.”

Other notable contributors included Garrett Muagututia, who scored 14 points with 13 kills and one block, and Ben Patch, who finished with 10 points on 10 kills. The team’s setter, Micah Christenson, also played a crucial role, notching three blocks and facilitating the team’s impressive kill percentage.

U.S. Men’s Travel Roster for France

Here is the U.S. Men’s Travel Roster for the recent matches in France:

  • Taylor Sander (OH)
  • Kyle Ensing (Opp)
  • Mitch Stahl (MB)
  • Kawika Shoji (S)
  • T.J. DeFalco (OH)
  • Micah Christenson (S)
  • Max Holt (MB)
  • Ben Patch (Opp)
  • Micah Ma’a (S)
  • Garrett Muagututia (OH)
  • Taylor Averill (MB)
  • David Smith (MB)
  • Erik Shoji (L)
  • Larry Tuileta (L)
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Head Coach: John Speraw
Assistant Coaches: Rob Neilson and Brian Thornton
Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock


Q: How many wins has the U.S. Men’s National Team achieved in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League?

A: The U.S. Men’s National Team has secured an impressive four-match win streak in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, showcasing their exceptional skills and teamwork.

Q: When and where will the VNL Finals take place?

A: The VNL Finals are scheduled to take place from July 10-14 in Chicago. The U.S. Men’s National Team has already secured qualification for the event.


In summary, the U.S. Men’s National Team continues to impress in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, clinching their fourth consecutive win against France. The team’s stellar performance, led by Max Holt and David Smith, showcased their experience and versatility. With a perfect weekend sweep, their record now stands at 5-4. The team’s dedication and determination have earned them a spot in the upcoming VNL Finals, where they will undoubtedly continue to shine. Witness the U.S. Men’s National Team in action and support them as they strive for victory.