Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

U.S. Men Play Hard but Fall to France at VNL

The U.S. Men’s National Team put up a valiant effort but ultimately came up short against France at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy. Despite a strong performance by outside hitter T.J. DeFalco, who contributed 21 points, and a dominant blocking display, the U.S. couldn’t secure the win, losing 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 31-29, 25-22).

A Tough Battle on the Court

The U.S. Men’s team gave it their all, matching France in kills (57-57) and aces (3-3). The American squad showcased their defensive prowess, out-blocking their opponents 14-6. However, a high number of scoring errors, including 24 service errors, proved costly for the U.S. team. France capitalized on their opportunities, eventually emerging victorious.

“I thought they kept a lot of good service pressure on us,” remarked outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke. “They play volleyball very well, so if you’re going to beat them, you’re going to have to put a whole match together. I thought at moments we did, and at very few moments we didn’t.”

Defensive Standouts

The U.S. team’s blocking efforts were led by opposite Kyle Ensing, who recorded a match-high five blocks. Middle blocker Mitch Stahl contributed three blocks, while middle Max Holt and T.J. DeFalco each added two. Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and setter Kawika Shoji also made crucial defensive contributions with one block each.

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Offensive Contributions

DeFalco proved to be a force on offense as well, notching a match-high 19 kills. Jaeschke added 12 kills to the U.S. team’s offensive output, while Holt finished with 10. Ensing, Stahl, and Shoji also contributed with seven, six, and three kills, respectively. Ensing showcased his serving abilities, delivering two aces, while Stahl recorded one.

Strong Setting and Defense

Setter Kawika Shoji played a vital role in facilitating the U.S. Men’s offense, guiding them to a .313 hitting efficiency. Libero Erik Shoji displayed great defensive skills, contributing 14 digs and eight successful receptions to keep the ball in play.

France’s Key Contributors

France’s star outside hitter, Earvin Ngapeth, led his team with 16 points. He received support from substitute opposite Stephen Boyer, who made significant contributions to France’s victory.

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster

The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for June 16 consisted of 14 players. The team is led by head coach John Speraw, with assistant coaches Brian Thornton and Matthew Fuerbringer providing support. Aaron Brock and Timothy Pelot serve as the team’s athletic trainers, while Nate Ngo handles team management and technical coordination.

Upcoming Matches

The U.S. Men’s team will face the Netherlands on June 17 at 9 a.m. PT in their next match of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Fans can catch all the action on


Q: How did the U.S. Men’s National Team perform against France at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League?

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A: The U.S. Men’s National Team put up a strong fight against France but ultimately lost 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 31-29, 25-22) in a closely contested match.

Q: Who were the standout players for the U.S. team?

A: Outside hitter T.J. DeFalco led the U.S. team with 21 points, while opposite Kyle Ensing was a defensive force with five blocks.

Q: What were the key factors that contributed to the U.S. team’s loss?

A: Despite matching France in kills and aces, the U.S. team was hurt by a high number of scoring errors, including service errors.


Despite a strong performance from the U.S. Men’s National Team, they were unable to secure a victory against France at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The match saw standout plays from players like T.J. DeFalco and Kyle Ensing, but the U.S. team struggled with scoring errors. The upcoming match against the Netherlands presents an opportunity for the U.S. team to bounce back and showcase their skills. Stay tuned for more exciting volleyball action.