Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

U.S. Men Fall to ROC in Four

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball team put up a valiant fight against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) but ultimately fell short in a hard-fought match at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Battling from Start to Finish

Head Coach John Speraw assembled a determined lineup, with Matt Anderson as the opposite, Taylor Sander and TJ DeFalco as outside hitters, Micah Christenson as the setter, Max Holt and David Smith as middle blockers, and Erik Shoji as the libero.

Playing substitute roles were Thomas Jaeschke and Garrett Muagututia as outside hitters, Mitch Stahl as a middle blocker, and Kawika Shoji as a setter.

Key Moments and Turning Points

Despite a slow start, the U.S. Men’s team rallied in the first set, led by an ace from Christenson that brought the score level at 20-20. However, ROC capitalized on their own ace serve to claim the set.

The U.S. Men showed resilience in the third set, energized by a remarkable chase down from DeFalco and a solo block from Christenson. Speraw made crucial substitutions, introducing Stahl and Muagututia, who made their Olympic debuts and scored their first Olympic points. The U.S. Men capitalized on ROC’s errors to secure the set.

In the fourth set, the U.S. Men held a promising lead of 19-15, but ultimately couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. ROC made a comeback, and Speraw made a double substitution, bringing in Ensing and K. Shoji. However, ROC scored the decisive points to claim the set and the match.

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Statistical Highlights

While the U.S. Men held an advantage in kills (53-46), ROC outperformed them in blocks (10-6) and aces (7-5). Sander led all players with 17 kills, closely followed by Dmitry Volkov of ROC with 16 kills.

What’s Next?

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball team will face Tunisia in their next match on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:05 p.m. PT. All matches are being broadcasted live and accessible through NBC Olympics.


Q: Who is the Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team?
A: The Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team is John Speraw.

Q: When is the next match for the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team?
A: The U.S. Men’s Volleyball team will play against Tunisia on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:05 p.m. PT.

Q: Where can I watch the Olympic Volleyball matches?
A: All matches are being shown live, with replays available the same or next day. For broadcast information, visit NBC Olympics.


In a thrilling Olympic match, the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team displayed incredible determination and skill against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Although they fell short, the team fought hard in every set, showcasing their resilience and commitment to the game. With key moments, inspiring substitutions, and statistical highlights, the match proved to be a gripping display of talent and sportsmanship. The team’s next challenge awaits as they face Tunisia in their upcoming match. Don’t miss out on the action and tune in to support the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team on their quest for Olympic success.

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