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U.S. Men Find Their Groove and Secure Victory over Korea in VNL

The U.S. Men’s National Team showcased their rhythm and rhyme in a thrilling FIVB Volleyball Nations League match against Korea. The team emerged victorious with a score of 25-23, 25-21, 25-11 in Goiânia, Brazil on June 2, 2018.

U.S. Men’s Impressive Performance in VNL

With this win, the U.S. Men improved their record to 5-0 in the Volleyball Nations League, securing second place in the standings. Poland currently holds the top spot, having lost only one set so far. The remaining teams have all suffered at least one defeat, including France who lost to Poland and Italy who lost to Canada.

A Challenging Start against Korea

After a grueling five-set victory over Japan the previous day, the U.S. Men faced a slow start against Korea. The Korean team executed a well-thought-out strategy, displaying impressive defensive skills and powerful swings. Coach John Speraw’s team found themselves trailing 16-13 early on.

However, the U.S. Men put up a fight, employing a 3-0 run to level the score. The set progressed in a back-and-forth manner until 22-22 when Taylor Averill’s powerful serve allowed the U.S. to gain set point at 24-22. Korea managed to score once more, but T.J. DeFalco sealed the set with a decisive kill off the block. From that point on, the U.S. Men found their rhythm and never relinquished their lead.

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Cutting Down on Mistakes

The U.S. team made a conscious effort to minimize errors in their gameplay. With 11 mistakes in the first set and just 12 over the next two sets combined, they displayed improved composure and precision.

A New Starting Lineup

Coach Speraw opted for a fresh starting lineup against Korea, with Matt Anderson as the opposite, Micah Christenson as the setter, Jake Langlois and T.J. DeFalco as outside hitters, David Smith and Taylor Averill as middle blockers, and Erik Shoji as the libero. Langlois, making his Volleyball Nations League debut in the country where he carried out his mission for the LDS church, had an outstanding performance. He led the U.S. team with 15 points, including 14 kills and one block.

Anderson, who was substituted out in the previous match’s second set, bounced back with an impactful performance, contributing 10 kills, two blocks, and one ace. Both DeFalco and Smith, who were also pulled early in the previous match, redeemed themselves with nine points each. Averill added six points to the team’s total. Shoji and Dustin Watten seamlessly alternated as libero throughout the match.

Stellar Setting by Micah Christenson

Notably, Micah Christenson showcased his exceptional setting skills, assisting the team to achieve a remarkable 71.7% kill rate.

U.S. Men’s Starting Lineup vs. Korea

  • Outside hitters: T.J. DeFalco and Jake Langlois
  • Middle blockers: David Smith and Taylor Averill
  • Opposite: Matt Anderson
  • Setter: Micah Christenson
  • Libero: Erik Shoji

U.S. Men’s Scoring vs. Korea

  • Kills: Langlois 14, Anderson 10, DeFalco 7, Smith 7, Averill 5
  • Blocks: Anderson 2, Smith 2, DeFalco 2, Averill 1, Langlois 1
  • Aces: Anderson 1
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FAQs

Q: How has the U.S. Men’s team performed in the Volleyball Nations League?
A: The U.S. Men’s team currently holds a perfect record of 5-0 in the Volleyball Nations League, placing second in the standings.

Q: Who were the standout performers for the U.S. Men’s team against Korea?
A: Jake Langlois delivered an outstanding performance, leading the team with 15 points, including 14 kills. Matt Anderson made a strong comeback with 10 kills, two blocks, and one ace.

Conclusion

The U.S. Men’s National Team put on an impressive display of skill and determination in their victory against Korea. With a renewed sense of rhythm and minimized mistakes, they secured a straight-set victory. The team’s strong performance sets the stage for an exciting match against Brazil, which will put their perfect record to the test. For more information about the U.S. Men’s National Team and their journey in the Volleyball Nations League, visit Alpinetgheep.