After splitting with Poland in the last two matches of World League pool, the U.S. Men’s National Team secured the top spot in its pool and moves on to the final round in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The U.S. men lost their first match in Krakow in five sets. As a team, they missed 24 serves, a large number in a match in which Poland led in total points by only one (19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 15-12). Matt Anderson played opposite in that match, putting away 15 kills, but it was Taylor Sander at outside who led the team with 16 kills.
The next night, the Fourth of July, the U.S. rallied to take a 3-1 win. Sander and Thomas Jaeschke played outside, while Murphy Troy filled the opposite position. Jaeschke led all scorers with 19 points, while the Shoji brothersErik at libero and Kawika at setterchampioned the defensive efforts with 15 and 13 digs respectively.
Highlights from the July 4 match between the U.S. and Poland:
Action in Rio kicks off on July 15.