Wednesday, 29 May 2024

U.S. Men Have New Lineup for VNL Week 2

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball team has kicked off the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with an impressive 3-0 record. However, they achieved this without their usual starters, including Matt Anderson, Micah Christenson, and Aaron Russell.

But there’s good news. These three key players will be back for the next three matches on June 1-3 in Goiânia, Brazil. The U.S. Men will face Japan, Korea, and Brazil during this period.

Unfortunately, they will be without Taylor Sander, who will return to the United States for personal reasons. Sander has been one of the league’s top scorers after the first weekend.

To make room for the returning starters, Jonah Seif and Kyle Ensing will also return to the United States. Despite their perfect record, the U.S. Men currently hold fourth place in the league due to their match against Argentina going into five sets.

Brazil is right behind them in fifth place, with Italy, France, and Poland leading the league standings. Brazil’s opposite, Wallace de Souza, has been leading their scoring efforts.

Japan is currently in seventh place, with wins over Australia and Iran, and a loss to France. Japan’s offense is led by Yuji Nishida.

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Korea, on the other hand, has had a tough start with 3-0 losses to Poland, Canada, and Russia. Outside hitter Jae-Duck Seo has been their leading scorer.

It’s worth mentioning that Flovolleyball.tv has been chosen by the FIVB to live stream the matches in the United States.

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League

U.S. Men’s 14-Man Travel Roster for China

  1. Matt Anderson (Opp, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
  2. Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State)
  3. Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)
  4. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
  5. T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
  6. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
  7. Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
  8. Ben Patch (Opp, 6-8, Provo, Utah, BYU)
  9. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola)
  10. Jake Langlois (OH, 6-10, San Jose, Calif., BYU)
  11. Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Hawaii)
  12. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
  13. Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
  14. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

Head Coach: John Speraw
Team Manager: Andrea Becker
Assistant Coaches: Rob Neilson and Brian Thornton
Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
Team Doctor: William Stetson

Schedule and Results (all times PT) At Ningbo, China

  • May 25: USA def Argentina, 25-27, 24-26, 26-24, 25-21, 15-10
  • May 26: USA def Bulgaria vs USA, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20
  • May 27: USA def China, 25-20, 26-24, 25-18
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At Goiânia, Brazil

  • June 1 at 8:15 a.m.: Japan vs USA
  • June 2 at 7:10 a.m.: Korea vs USA
  • June 3 at 8:40 a.m.: Brazil vs USA

At Ottawa, Canada

  • June 8 at 1:40 p.m.: Germany vs USA
  • June 9 at 1:10 p.m.: USA vs Australia
  • June 10 at 1:10 p.m.: Canada vs USA

At Hoffman Estates, Ill., USAGET TICKETS

  • June 15 at 5:30 p.m.: USA vs. Serbia
  • June 16 at 5:30 p.m.: USA vs. Poland
  • June 17 at 2:30 p.m.: USA vs. Iran

At Modena, Italy

  • June 22 at 8:30 a.m.: USA vs France
  • June 23 at 8:30 a.m.: USA vs Russia
  • June 24 at 11:30 a.m.: Italy vs USA

Final Round (must qualify): July 1-4 in Lille, France

FAQs

Q: Which players will the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team have back for their next matches?
A: Matt Anderson, Micah Christenson, and Aaron Russell will be returning to the lineup for the upcoming matches.

Q: What is the U.S. Men’s current standing in the league?
A: Despite their perfect record, the U.S. Men are currently in fourth place in the league.

Q: Who is leading the scoring for Brazil and Japan?
A: Wallace de Souza is leading the scoring for Brazil, while Yuji Nishida is leading the scoring for Japan.

Summary

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball team has started the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a perfect record of 3-0. They have done this without their regular starters, but these key players will be back for the upcoming matches in Brazil. Despite their perfect record, they are currently in fourth place in the league standings. Brazil and Japan are right behind them, with Wallace de Souza leading the scoring for Brazil and Yuji Nishida leading the scoring for Japan. The team’s success so far sets the stage for an exciting tournament ahead, with matches scheduled in various countries until the final round in Lille, France.

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