U.S. Men's National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 7, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will play for bronze on Saturday following its semifinal loss on Friday to Brazil, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

The U.S. Men will play Canada for third place at 7 p.m. ET. The match will be shown live on Universal HD and also streamed on YouTube. France will play Brazil in the gold medal match.

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While the U.S. Men led in kills (55-51) and aces (6-4) and were very close in blocks (4-5), they gave up 38 scoring errors while Brazil committed 19. Brazil is the defending Olympic champion and has held on to five of its seven starters from Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. Men were without four of their Olympic starters. 

As a team, the U.S. Men’s hitting efficiency was .282 while Brazil’s was .414.

Approximately 9,500 spectators filled the Arena da Baixada. It was the largest crowd the U.S. Men have played before this year.

“We didn’t play our best volleyball match, but Brazil does some really great things and put a lot of pressure on us,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw said. “When you play a great team like this, especially for guys doing it for the first time, it’s a challenge.

“We’re disappointed with the way we started. We didn’t play with the same type of emotion and energy consistently enough through the volleyball match that I think has typified our run through World League.”

Outside hitter Taylor Sander led all scorers with 20 points on a match-high 18 kills and a match-high two aces. Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke added 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Opposite Ben Patch scored 11 points on eight kills, two aces and one block. Middle blocker David Smith contributed 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace.

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U.S. Men’s Starters vs. Brazil
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. Brazil
Kills: Sander 18, Jaeschke 11, Patch 8, Smith 8, Muagututia 5, Jendryk 4, DeFalco 1
Blocks: Jendryk 1, Patch 1, Smith 1, Jaeschke 1
Aces: Sander 2, Patch 2, Smith 1, Kawika Shoji 1
Digs: Christenson 10, Patch 8, Sander 7, Smith 6, Erik Shoji 6, Muagututia 3, Jaeschke 2, DeFalco 1, McDonnell 1

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