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U.S. Men Fight to Maintain Their Position against Russia

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 23, 2018) – U.S. Head Coach John Speraw made the strategic decision to rest most of his starters against Russia after securing a spot in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Final Six. Despite their best efforts, the U.S. Men were unable to secure a victory, losing to Russia with a score of 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 in Modena, Italy.

In the upcoming match, the United States (10-4) will face off against Italy (8-6), a team fighting for the final slot in the Final Round. Currently in fourth place, the U.S. team aims to finish strong in the VNL preliminary play.

U.S. Men’s Battle with Russia

The U.S. Men had their chances to win the first and third sets, but ultimately, Russia proved to be a formidable opponent. The match took an unfortunate turn when outside hitter Jake Langlois was injured during a block attempt with the U.S. leading 21-19 in the third set. Brenden Sander was called in to replace Langlois, and opposite Kyle Ensing scored a kill to maintain the team’s momentum. However, Russia retaliated with a kill from Dmitry Volkov and an ace to secure the match point.

Russia demonstrated dominance from the service line, having 13 aces compared to the U.S.’s 4. While Russia led in kills with 40 to the U.S.’s 38, the U.S. Men had an advantage in blocks with a score of 4-3.

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Ensing led the U.S. scoring with 15 points, achieving an impressive performance with 12 kills, two aces, and one block. Langlois contributed 10 points with nine kills and one ace. T.J. DeFalco, an outside hitter, scored eight points with seven kills and one ace, while the middle blocker Max Holt added seven points with five kills and two blocks. Jeff Jendryk, another middle blocker, scored five points with four kills and one block. Setter Kawika Shoji displayed skill in both scoring on a kill and supporting the team with a 55.1% kill percentage.

U.S. Men’s Travel Roster and Statistics

The U.S. Men’s 14-man travel roster for the Modena, Italy matches includes players such as Matt Anderson, Aaron Russell, and Micah Christenson, to name a few.

Ensing recorded the most significant number of kills for the U.S. team with 12, followed by Langlois with 9 kills, DeFalco with 7 kills, Holt with 5 kills, and Jendryk with 4 kills. Holt led in blocks with 2, followed by Jendryk with 1 block and Ensing with 1 block. Ensing, Langlois, and DeFalco each contributed an ace to the team’s total of 4.


Q: How does the U.S. Men’s team rank in the Volleyball Nations League?
A: The U.S. Men’s team is currently in fourth place in the Volleyball Nations League standings.

Q: Who scored the most points for the U.S. Men’s team in the match against Russia?
A: Kyle Ensing led the U.S. Men’s team in scoring with 15 points, achieved through 12 kills, two aces, and one block.

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Q: What were the key factors that contributed to the U.S. Men’s loss against Russia?
A: The U.S. Men struggled to counter Russia’s dominant service line, with Russia having 13 aces compared to the U.S.’s 4. Additionally, Russia led in kills with 40, while the U.S. Men had an advantage in blocks with a score of 4-3.


The U.S. Men’s team faced a challenging match against Russia in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Despite their efforts, the U.S. team fell short, losing with a score of 25-23, 25-15, 25-23. However, the team remains in a strong position in the standings, currently in fourth place. With upcoming matches against Italy and the Final Round approaching, the U.S. Men are determined to maintain their position and continue their pursuit of victory.

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