Men’s National Team
The U.S. Men’s National Team currently leads its World League pool with a 4-0 record as it heads to Illinois to finish out the U.S. leg of the pool with two matches versus Poland.
The U.S. men open World League competition with two matches versus Iran in USC’s Galen Center, winning both in four sets. Then they faced Russia inside Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid, winning the first meeting in four and the second in straight sets.
On display in each of these matches has been Team USA’s depth at the pins. Matt Anderson, Murphy Troy, and Taylor Sander have each led the team in points and kills in a match, while collegiate stars Aaron Russell and Thomas Jaeschke have also made significant contributions from the outside and right side.
Team USA will play Poland in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, on June 12 and 13. Poland is also 4-0 in Pool B, but only has 10 points to the U.S.’s 12, since Poland went to five sets against Russia and Iran, while the U.S. has won all of its matches in three or four sets.
Women’s National Team
The U.S. Women’s National Team has been experimenting with a variety of roster combinations in its four-match USA Volleyball Cup series with China.
After a two-match swing in Honolulu, Team USA and China were tied 1-1, with each match won by the respective teams in straight sets. China then won the first match in the Southern California leg of the cup, a highly-contested five set match, to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Recent UCLA grad Karsta Lowe, a 2014 Volleyball magazine First Team NCAA All-American, led the team in kills in the first and third matches of the series. The USA Volleyball Cup is her first event with the national team.
The final match of the cup will be played on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m. PT.
After the conclusion of the USA Volleyball Cup, the women’s national team will travel to Peru to compete in the Pan American Cup.