Monday, 27 May 2024

U.S. Men Dominate Canada in Opening Match of 2021 VNL

The U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in style with a convincing victory over Canada. The American squad delivered a commanding performance, sweeping Canada in three sets (25-17, 26-24, 25-20) in Rimini, Italy.

A Strong Start for Team USA

Led by Head Coach John Speraw, the U.S. Men capitalized on their chemistry and skill to outplay their Canadian counterparts. The team showcased their dominance from the start, taking the lead early on and maintaining control throughout the match.

Stellar Performances

Several players stood out with their outstanding contributions to the victory. T.J. DeFalco and Kyle Ensing, who both played in the 2018 VNL but missed out in 2019, were instrumental in securing the win. DeFalco, playing as an outside hitter, led all scorers with an impressive 15 points, courtesy of 13 kills, one block, and one ace. Ensing, in his role as an opposite, added 11 points with 11 kills.

A Well-Rounded Effort

The U.S. Men’s success can be attributed to the collective effort of the entire team. Middle blocker Taylor Averill delivered a solid performance, contributing nine points, while outside hitter Garrett Muagututia and middle blocker Max Holt each scored five points. Setter Micah Christenson displayed his skills with five points and orchestrated the team’s .316 hitting efficiency.

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Defensive Prowess

The U.S. Men’s team showcased their prowess in defense as well. Libero Erik Shoji impressed with 16 digs and three successful receptions, while Muagututia led in successful receptions with 10. DeFalco also played a crucial role in defense, securing five successful receptions.

Coach Speraw’s Delight

Head Coach John Speraw expressed his pride and excitement after the victory. He commended the team for their strong performance and highlighted their potential for further improvement in the coming weeks.

“It was a pleasant surprise to win this game 3-0 against Canada. I’m very excited about how we performed, and we hope to get even better in the following matches,” said Coach Speraw.

What’s Next for Team USA

Following their successful start, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Brazil in their next match. The clash against Brazil promises to be an intense battle, as the teams faced each other in the semifinals of the 2019 VNL.


Q: Where can I watch the VNL?
A: The VNL matches can be streamed on the FIVB’s streaming service, Volleyball World TV.

Q: Who is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team?
A: The head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team is John Speraw.


The U.S. Men’s National Team has made a strong statement with their resounding victory over Canada in the opening match of the 2021 VNL. With their exceptional skills, teamwork, and determination, they are poised for further success in the tournament. Stay tuned as they continue their campaign and aim for the top spot! Visit Alpinetgheep for more exciting updates and news about the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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