Wednesday, 22 May 2024

U.S. Men Open World League with Exciting Victory

The U.S. Men’s volleyball team started the 2016 FIVB World League with a thrilling win over Argentina. In a close match that went back and forth, the U.S. Men emerged victorious with a score of 26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22 at the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Continuing their pool play, the U.S. Men will face Iran (0-1) on Friday at 1 p.m. PT. You can catch the live action on NBC Sports Extra and NBC Sports Network.

This match against Argentina was a rematch of the final game in the 2015 FIVB World Cup, where the U.S. Men secured a 3-1 victory, ultimately winning the tournament and qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Taylor Sander and Reid Priddy were the standout players for the U.S. Men in this battle. Sander, the 2014 World League MVP, led all scorers with an impressive 23 points on 23 kills. Priddy displayed exceptional defense and strong serving, contributing 16 points with 13 kills, two aces, and one block.

Although U.S. Head Coach John Speraw acknowledged that it wasn’t their cleanest match, he stated that it’s early in the season and not unexpected for the offense to still be finding its rhythm.

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The U.S. Men excelled in blocking, recording nine blocks compared to Argentina’s five. Max Holt and Matt Anderson led the team with three blocks each. The U.S. Men also outperformed Argentina in aces, with a score of 4-3. Both teams had an equal number of kills at 54.

Micah Christenson, the setter for the U.S. Men, showcased his skills by setting the team to a .342 hitting efficiency. Argentina’s hitting efficiency was slightly lower at .309.

Even though there were missed opportunities, Coach Speraw praised the team’s resilience and competitive spirit. The U.S. Men fought hard throughout the match.

Bruno Lima led Argentina with 19 points, all from kills, while Christian Poglajen contributed 12 points with 11 kills and one block. Unfortunately, Argentina’s star outside hitter Facundo Conte was unable to play due to an injury.

Here are the U.S. Men’s starters against Argentina:

  • Outside hitters: Taylor Sander and Reid Priddy
  • Middle blockers: Max Holt and David Smith
  • Setter: Micah Christenson
  • Opposite: Matt Anderson
  • Libero: Erik Shoji

Key statistics for the U.S. Men against Argentina:

  • Kills: Taylor Sander 23, Reid Priddy 13, Max Holt 6, Matt Anderson 5, David Smith 5, Murphy Troy 1, Micah Christenson 1
  • Blocks: Holt 3, Anderson 3, Smith 2, Priddy 1
  • Aces: Priddy 2, Holt 1, Anderson 1
  • Digs: Erik Shoji 12, Priddy 9, Anderson 8, Troy 5, Christenson 5, Sander 4, Holt 3, Smith 2

FAQs

Q: Who did the U.S. Men’s team defeat in the opening match of the 2016 FIVB World League?
A: The U.S. Men’s volleyball team won a hard-fought battle against Argentina.

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Q: What were Taylor Sander and Reid Priddy’s contributions to the U.S. Men’s victory?
A: Taylor Sander, the 2014 World League MVP, led all scorers with 23 points on 23 kills, while Reid Priddy showcased strong defense and serving, scoring 16 points with 13 kills, two aces, and one block.

Q: How did the U.S. Men’s team perform in blocking and aces?
A: The U.S. Men excelled in blocking, recording 9 blocks compared to Argentina’s 5. They also outperformed Argentina in aces, with a score of 4-3.

Q: When is the next match for the U.S. Men’s team?
A: The U.S. Men’s team will face Iran (0-1) on Friday at 1 p.m. PT.

Summary

The U.S. Men’s volleyball team opened the 2016 FIVB World League with an exciting victory over Argentina. Led by standout players Taylor Sander and Reid Priddy, the U.S. Men fought hard and emerged victorious with a score of 26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22. The team showcased their blocking prowess, recording nine blocks, and displayed strong serving with four aces. Despite some missed opportunities, the U.S. Men’s team demonstrated resilience and competitive spirit. The next match against Iran promises to be another thrilling encounter. Stay tuned to witness the U.S. Men continue their journey in the FIVB World League.