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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 8, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Teams journey from last place to semifinalist in the FIVB World League did not end as the team hoped on Saturday as the United States fell to Canada, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21.

The U.S. finishes World League with a record of 5-8.

“I’m really proud of the fact that we were able to get this far and have an opportunity here,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw said. “I am disappointed at how we played the last couple matches. We passed the ball really well and usually when you win that serve-pass battle you should be in a better position to win.

“We need to kill the ball better. We need to set the ball better. We need to be smarter offensively. It’s such an important part of the game.”

The U.S. Men led in kills (49-43). Canada led in blocks (10-9) and the teams tied in aces (3-3). Canada scored 37 points on U.S. errors while committing 29.

Outside hitter Taylor Sander and middle blocker David Smith each finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. Sander had a match-high 13 kills. Smith had a match-high four blocks and two aces to go with eight kills.

Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and opposite Ben Patch each finished with 12 points, even though Patch did not play in the fourth set.

“I think we are the most improved team in the tournament, but we are not one of the best three,” U.S. Team Captain Kawika Shoji said. “It hurts now, but we will learn and come back stronger.”

U.S. Men’s Starters vs. Canada

Outsides: Taylor Sander and Thomas Jaeschke

Middles: David Smith and Jeff Jendryk

Setter: Micah Christenson

Opposite: Ben Patch

Libero: Erik Shoji

U.S. Men’s Statistics vs. Canada

Kills: Sander 13, Jaeschke 12, Patch 10, Smith 8, McDonnell 2, Clark 2, Jendryk 1, Christenson 1

Blocks: Smith 4, Patch 2, K Shoji 1, Jendryk 1, Sander 1

Aces: Smith 2, Clark 1

Digs: E Shoji 12, Jaeschke 8, Christenson 7, Smith 6, Patch 5, Sander 5, Jendryk 3, Kawika Shoji 3, Clark 2, MxDonnell 2

2017 FIVB World League Final Round

July 4-8 in Curitiba, Brazil

U.S. Men’s Roster

3. Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)

4. Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)

7C. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

10. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)

11. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California)

13. Dan McDonnell (MB, 6-6, Glendale, Ariz., UC Irvine)

14. Ben Patch (Opp, 6-8, Provo, Utah, BYU)

15. Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)

17. TJ DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)

18. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)

19. Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Hawaii)

20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)

21. Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)

22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

Head Coach: John Speraw

Team Leader: Mike Wall

Assistant Coaches: Matt Fuerbringer and Robert Neilson

Sports Psychologist: Andrea Becker

Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo

Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock

TV Schedule and Results

Date and Opponent Result Location TV (all times EDT)
June 2 Serbia L (25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21) Novi Sad, Serbia June 2: 9:30-11:30 p.m. NBCSN
June 3 Canada L (23-25, 25-19,18-25, 25-23, 15-11) Novi Sad, Serbia June 3: 3-5 p.m. NBCSN
June 4 Belgium L (25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 28-26) Novi Sad, Serbia June 4: 6-8 p.m. UniHD
June 9 Italy W (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) Pau, France June 9: 6-8 p.m. NBCSN
June 10 Russia W (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) Pau, France June 10: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. UniHD
June 11 France L (25-20, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21) Pau, France June 11: 3-4:30 p.m. NBCSN
June 15 Iran W (25-17, 25-22, 30-28) Katowice, Poland June 15: 12-2 p.m.. NBCSN
June 17 Russia L (31-29, 17-25, 25-19, 27-29, 15-13) Lodz, Poland June 17: 6:30-8:30 p.m. NBCSN
June 18 Poland W (26-31, 25-17, 27-25, 25-20) Lodz, Poland June 18: 6-8 p.m. NBCSN
July 4 Final Round pool play Brazil def Canada, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19 Curitiba, Brazil July 4, 2 p.m. on Universal HD
July 4 Final Round pool play France def USA, 27-25, 20-25, 26-24, 17-25, 15-12 Curitiba, Brazil July 4, 4:40 p.m. on UniHD
July 5 Final Round pool play Canada def Russia, 25-23, 29-27, 25-17 Curitiba, Brazil July 5, 2 p.m. on UniHD
July 5 Final Round pool play USA def Serbia, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22 Curitiba, Brazil July 5, 4:30 p.m. on UniHD
July 6 Final Round pool play Brazil def Russia, 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 22-25, 16-14 Curitiba, Brazil July 6, 2 p.m. on UniHD
July 6 Final Round pool play France def Serbia, 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 18-25, 15-11 Curitiba, Brazil July 6, 4;30 on UniHD
July 7 Semifinals Brazil def USA, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 Curitiba, Brazil July 7 at 2 p.m. on UniHD
July 7 Semifinals France def Canada, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21 Curitiba, Brazil July 7 at 4:30 on UniHD
July 8 Bronze medal Canada vs USA Curitiba, Brazil July 8 at 7 p.m. on UniHD
July 8 Gold medal Brazil vs France Curitiba, Brazil July 8 at 10:05 p.m. on UniHD