Wednesday, 29 May 2024

U.S. Men Aim to Expand on 2016 Olympic Success

The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team’s achievement of winning an Olympic bronze medal in 2016 is a testament to their skill and determination. Despite its humble reception, this victory against Russia in Rio de Janeiro resonated with fans around the world. In a tournament filled with ups and downs, the U.S. team displayed incredible resilience, winning four consecutive matches after two initial losses before ultimately falling in the semifinals to Italy.

“To win gold requires many things. To win bronze requires one: Courage,” tweeted U.S. Men’s Head Coach John Speraw, highlighting the significance of the team’s achievement.

Looking forward to the 2017 season, nine players from the Olympic roster have confirmed their return to the team. However, not all of them will be immediately joining the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. Opposite player Matt Anderson and middle blocker Max Holt, for example, will be taking a break during the FIVB World League tournament and are expected to return in July. Meanwhile, outside hitters Aaron Russell and Thomas Jaeschke are currently sidelined due to injuries.

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Middle blocker David Lee has decided to take the entire 2017 season off to evaluate his future in the sport, while opposite player Murphy Troy has retired. On the other hand, setters Micah Christenson and Kawika Shoji, outside hitter Taylor Sander, libero Erik Shoji, and middle blocker David Smith are all competing in the FIVB World League tournament.

Joining the World League roster for the first time are Tommy Carmody and Jeff Jendryk, along with opposite player Ben Patch, setter James Shaw, and outside hitter T.J. DeFalco. Other familiar faces making a return include middle blocker Dan McDonnell, opposite player Carson Clark, outside hitters Jayson Jablonsky and Garrett Muagututia, and libero Dustin Watten.

Although some players won’t be participating in the World League, they are still on the National Team roster. This includes libero Michael Brinkley, middle blockers Taylor Averill and Kris Johnson, and setter Jonah Seif.

Head Coach John Speraw, along with his entire coaching staff, is excited about the upcoming season. Assistant coach Rob Neilson has joined the team, making for an experienced coaching panel. Speraw himself will continue his role as head coach of the UCLA men’s volleyball team.

After the World League, the national team players will be preparing for several upcoming events, including the USAV Cup against Brazil, the FIVB Grand Champions Cup, and the NORCECA Continental Championship. Additionally, some players will be training for the Pan American Cup and the World University Games.


Q: What did the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team achieve in the 2016 Olympics?
A: The team won the Olympic bronze medal in a thrilling comeback victory against Russia.

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Q: Which players will be returning to the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team for the 2017 season?
A: Nine players from the 2016 Olympic roster will be making their comeback, including Matt Anderson, Max Holt, Aaron Russell, and Thomas Jaeschke.

Q: Who are the newcomers to the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team’s World League roster?
A: The newcomers to the team’s World League roster are Tommy Carmody, Jeff Jendryk, Ben Patch, James Shaw, and T.J. DeFalco.


The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team’s success in the 2016 Olympics, where they won the bronze medal, has set the stage for an exciting 2017 season. With several experienced players returning to the team and some promising newcomers, the team is geared up for challenging competitions ahead. The coaching staff, led by Head Coach John Speraw, is prepared to guide the team to further achievements. Fans can look forward to seeing the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team in action in various upcoming tournaments and championships.

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