Monday, 27 May 2024

U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team Triumphs over Germany in the VNL

The U.S. Men’s National Team emerged victorious with a 3-1 win over Germany in a Volleyball Nations League (VNL) match held in Osaka, Japan. Although the game had its ups and downs, the U.S. team (7-2) displayed determination and skill to secure the win.

Meeting Tokyo Olympic Gold Medalist France Next

Next up for the U.S. Men’s team is a highly anticipated match against France, the reigning Olympic gold medalist. This exciting showdown is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT on Wednesday. The U.S. team aims to secure a top-eight finish, which will grant them entry into the Final Round in Bologna, Italy, to be held on July 20-24.

Statistically Strong Performance

The U.S. team dominated several key statistical categories, recording more kills (59-47), blocks (4-3), and aces (7-2) than their opponents. However, they did concede 31 points due to errors, while Germany had 27 scoring errors.

Micah Christenson’s Return

Micah Christenson, a two-time Olympic setter, made his 2022 VNL debut in this match. Christenson displayed his prowess by contributing five points through three kills, one block, and one ace. His excellent setting skills also contributed to the U.S. team’s impressive .426 hitting efficiency.

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Aaron Russell and the Road to Reconnection

Outside hitter Aaron Russell and setter Micah Christenson faced a unique challenge in this match. Due to COVID-related disruptions and Russell’s hip surgery, the two had not played together since 2019. Nevertheless, their connection on the court seemed promising as Russell led all scorers with 23 points, including 19 kills (.471), three aces, and one block.

Supporting Cast Shines

Other standout performances for the U.S. team included opposite Kyle Ensing with 13 points, outside hitter T.J. DeFalco with 12 points and a match-high 14 successful receptions, middle blocker David Smith with eight points, middle Jeff Jendryk with five points, and opposite Jake Hanes with four points.

Libero Erik Shoji’s Stellar Defense

Libero Erik Shoji demonstrated his defensive prowess with a match-high 11 digs and 10 successful receptions, showcasing his integral role in the team’s success.

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster

The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for Round 3 of the 2022 Volleyball Nations League features a talented group of athletes. The team is led by head coach John Speraw and assisted by Matthew Fuerbringer and Mike Wall, among others. For a complete list of players and their positions, please visit the official Alpinetgheep website.

VNL Schedule and Future Matches

The U.S. Men’s team has demonstrated their prowess in the preliminary rounds of the 2022 VNL. After successful matches against Slovenia, Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Poland, they now face France, Canada, and Argentina in the upcoming matches. Fans can catch all the action on

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1. Where can I watch the U.S. Men’s VNL matches?
All matches can be streamed live on

2. Are there any upcoming matches for the U.S. Men’s team?
Yes, after their match against Germany, the U.S. team will face France, Canada, and Argentina in their remaining VNL matches.

3. When and where will the Final Round of the VNL take place?
The Final Round will be held from July 20-24 in Bologna, Italy, and will feature the top-eight teams from the tournament.


The U.S. Men’s National Team showcased their skill and determination with a well-earned victory over Germany in the VNL. With upcoming matches against top-tier teams, the U.S. team aims to secure their spot in the Final Round. Stay tuned to witness more thrilling volleyball action from the talented U.S. Men’s team as they compete in the 2022 Volleyball Nations League.