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U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team Starts VNL Finals with Impressive Win

The U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off their Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Finals campaign with a solid victory over France. Despite facing some challenges, the team secured a 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 win at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, Illinois on July 10, 2019.

Pool play for the VNL Finals will resume with France taking on Russia on Thursday. The U.S. Men will be back in action on Friday when they go up against Russia at 8 p.m. CT. The top two teams from the pool will advance to the semifinals on Saturday. To catch all the matches, you can tune in to, a subscription-based service.

John Speraw, the Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team, acknowledged the significance of this first step but recognized the room for improvement. Speraw mentioned, “It wasn’t a very pretty match on either side. We just put this team together on Monday for the first time this summer. There’s definitely part of that where it wasn’t sharp. You could see that with some of the connections, like Micah Christenson and Matt Anderson.”

While France capitalized on improved serving and U.S. mistakes to claim the third set, the United States made a strong comeback in the fourth set.

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Aaron Russell, who made his return to the U.S. Men’s team after the 2018 World Championship, contributed 16 points, the second-highest on the team. He admitted, “It’s tough taking the whole pool play off and then jumping right into the final six. The guys helped me out and supported me throughout. I was able to settle in. There are still a few kinks here and there, but it’s good to be back with the guys, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Max Holt, the middle blocker, emerged as the top scorer for the U.S. Men’s team, accumulating 17 points through seven kills, eight blocks, and two aces.

In terms of key statistics, the U.S. Men outperformed France in kills (43-39), blocks (16-5), and aces (9-4). The U.S. team achieved a kill percentage of 48.9% while France’s was 44.3%.

Here is a breakdown of the U.S. Men’s starters against France:

  • Outside Hitters: Taylor Sander and Aaron Russell
  • Middle Blockers: Max Holt and David Smith
  • Setter: Micah Christenson
  • Opposite: Matt Anderson
  • Libero: Erik Shoji
  • Substitute: Ben Patch (Opp)

For a more comprehensive view of the U.S. statistics against France:

  • Kills: Russell 13, Sander 12, Holt 7, Smith 5, Anderson 5, Christenson 1
  • Blocks: Holt 8, Smith 4, Russell 2, Patch 1, Christenson 1
  • Aces: Holt 2, Anderson 2, Christenson 2, Russell 1, Sander 1, Smith 1


Q: What is the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Finals?
A: The VNL Finals is the thrilling culmination of the prestigious international volleyball tournament, featuring the top teams from around the world. It showcases the highest level of competition and crowns the ultimate champion of the Volleyball Nations League.

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Q: When will the U.S. Men’s National Team play their next match in the VNL Finals?
A: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Russia in their next VNL Finals match on Friday at 8 p.m. CT.

Q: Where can I watch the VNL Finals matches?
A: You can catch all the VNL Finals matches on, a subscription-based service that offers live streaming and coverage of various volleyball events.


The U.S. Men’s National Team began their Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Finals journey with an impressive victory over France. The team demonstrated resilience and skill in a hard-fought match, securing a 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 win. Led by Coach John Speraw, the U.S. Men showcased their potential while acknowledging room for improvement. Max Holt’s outstanding performance and Aaron Russell’s successful return to the team were notable highlights. With strong statistics in kills, blocks, and aces, the U.S. Men proved their mettle against France. The team will now prepare to face Russia in their upcoming match, aiming to secure a spot in the semifinals. Stay tuned to to witness the action firsthand.