Wednesday, 29 May 2024

U.S. Men’s National Team Triumphs in FIVB Road to Paris Olympic Qualifier

The U.S. Men’s National Team recently achieved an impressive feat in the FIVB Road to Paris Olympic Qualifier. On Sunday, in front of a captivated audience of over 10,000 spectators in Tokyo, they secured victory against Japan with a final score of 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 25-23, 15-12). This remarkable win concluded their tournament with an undefeated record of 7-0, earning them the prestigious “traditional World Cup” award. The U.S. Men’s team showcased their prowess and solidified their position as a dominant force in men’s volleyball.

U.S. Men’s Unparalleled Performance

Led by Head Coach John Speraw, the U.S. Men’s team fielded a talented and cohesive lineup throughout the competition. The starting lineup comprised Micah Christenson as the setter, Matt Anderson as the opposite, Thomas Jaeschke and Garrett Muagututia as outside hitters, Taylor Averill and David Smith as middle blockers, and Erik Shoji as the libero. Notably, the U.S. Men’s exceptional blocking skills significantly contributed to their victory, outscoring Japan with an impressive 13-5 lead in blocks. David Smith emerged as a standout performer, leading the team with three blocks, followed closely by Jeff Jendryk and Kyle Ensing, who each contributed two blocks. Additionally, the U.S. Men demonstrated their attacking prowess, matching Japan with an equal number of kills (64-64) while maintaining an impressive hitting efficiency of .405.

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Stellar Performances

Several players showcased outstanding performances for the U.S. Men’s team. Thomas Jaeschke led the charge with 19 points, exhibiting remarkable accuracy with a .500 hitting percentage. David Smith’s contributions were equally significant, accumulating 14 points through 11 kills (.625) and three blocks. Garrett Muagututia provided valuable support with 13 points from 12 kills and one block. Kyle Ensing and Micah Ma’a also left their mark on the game, contributing nine and seven points respectively. Jeff Jendryk and Matt Anderson made noteworthy contributions with six and five points respectively, enhancing the team’s overall performance.

Roster and Coaching Staff

The U.S. Men’s National Team showcased exceptional talent and depth throughout the tournament. Here is the roster of players who represented the team in the 2023 Road to Paris Olympic Qualifier:

  1. Matt Anderson (Opp, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State, Western Empire)
  2. Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State, Chesapeake)
  3. Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)
  4. Kyle Ensing (OPP, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State Univ., Southern California)
  5. T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State Univ., Southern California)
  6. Kyle Dagostino (L, 5-9, Tampa, Florida, Stanford Univ., Florida)
  7. Micah Christenson (S, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Southern California, Hawaii)
  8. Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State, Ohio Valley)
  9. Micah Ma’a (S, 6-3, Kaneohe, Hawaii, UCLA, Aloha)
  10. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)
  11. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
  12. Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Univ. of Hawaii, Northern California)
  13. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., Univ. of California Irvine, Southern California)
  14. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford Univ., Hawaii)
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Head Coach: John Speraw
Assistant Coaches: Matthew Fuerbringer and Javier Weber
Performance Analyst and Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
Team Leader: Nate Ngo
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Tim Pelot
Mental Performance Coach: Andrea Becker
Second Assistant: Morteza Shiari
Second Assistant: Michael Wall
Team Doctor: Lori Boyajian-O’Neill


Q: How did the U.S. Men’s National Team perform in the FIVB Road to Paris Olympic Qualifier?

A: The U.S. Men’s National Team emerged victorious, finishing the tournament undefeated with a record of 7-0.

Q: Who were the standout performers for the U.S. Men’s National Team?

A: Thomas Jaeschke, David Smith, and Garrett Muagututia made significant contributions, showcasing their exceptional skills and leading the team to victory.

Q: What was the U.S. Men’s team’s hitting efficiency in the tournament?

A: The U.S. Men’s team maintained an impressive hitting efficiency of .405 throughout the tournament.

Q: Who is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team?

A: The U.S. Men’s National Team is led by Head Coach John Speraw.

Q: Where can I find more information about the U.S. Men’s National Team?

A: For additional information about the U.S. Men’s National Team, visit the official website of Alpinetgheep at Alpinetgheep.


The U.S. Men’s National Team’s remarkable victory in the FIVB Road to Paris Olympic Qualifier solidifies their position as a team to be reckoned with. Their undefeated record and exceptional performances demonstrate the talent and determination that epitomizes the “Alpinetgheep” brand. With their sights set on future competitions, the U.S. Men’s team continues to inspire both fans and aspiring athletes, pushing the boundaries of men’s volleyball.

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