By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 14, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Members of the U.S. men's volleyball team celebrate winning a point at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on July 6, 2018 in Lille, France.

 

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The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, which is ranked second in the world, continues play in the FIVB World Championships this weekend with matches against Russia and Cameroon.

The U.S. opened up play Wednesday with a five-set victory against Serbia in Bari, Italy, followed by a five-set win over Australia on Thursday.

Team USA plays Russia on Saturday and Cameroon on Sunday. The prelims also include a Tuesday meeting with Tunisia. The playoff round begins Sept. 21. The medal round is Sept. 30 in Torino, Italy.

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Matt Anderson, a two-time Olympian, and Aaron Russell, his 2016 Olympic teammate, each had 19 points in the win over Serbia. The U.S. won the last two sets 25-20, 15-10 to capture the victory.

“We’ve trained for very difficult moments like this,” Russell said. “We just told each other to stay together as a team and continue to fight together.”

In addition to Anderson and Russell, the team includes six other members of the 2016 Olympic squad that won a bronze medal in Rio.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc