COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 1, 2015) – As the U.S. Men’s National Team won the bronze medal at the 2015 FIVB World League Final Round in Rio de Janeiro, several U.S. players stood out in the statistics of those four matches.
Opposite Matt Anderson led all players in kill percentage, finishing at 51.22 percent in 63 kills on 123 attempts. Outside hitter Taylor Sander, the 2014 World League MVP, finished fourth among all hitters with a percentage of 47.37 on 45 kills in 95 attempts.
Anderson also led all players in aces with eight (.5 per set) and was second among all scorers with 78 points on 63 kills, seven blocks and eight aces. Sander was seventh among all scorers with 54 points on 45 kills, seven blocks and two aces.
U.S. setter Micah Christenson led all blockers with 11 stuffs for an average of .69 per set. Max Holt, who was named Best Middle Blocker, finished third among all blockers with 10 for an average of .63 per set.
Christenson also led all setters with an average of 6.63 running sets per set. A running set is one that puts a hitter up against one blocker or no blockers.
Libero Erik Shoji, who played in 10 sets in the final round before having to leave the semifinal match against Serbia due to injury, finished sixth among diggers with an average of 1.31 per set. Sander was fifth in receptions with an efficiency percentage of 26.51.
The last chance to see players from the World League team play in the United States will be at the USAV Cup matches in August in Southern California. For more information, click here.
PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Although the U.S. men’s team competing at the Pan American Games finished sixth, it also had some standout performances among its young players.
Setter Matt West finished second among all setters with 155 running sets for an average of 7.75 per set.
Opposite Zach La Cavera finished sixth among all scorers with 84 points on 72 kills, six blocks and six aces. His six aces also placed him seventh among all players in that category.
Libero Michael Brinkley finished fifth in digs (2.65 per set), fifth in receptions (53.57 percent) and tied for fourth among all liberos.
The next chance to see players from the Pan American Games team play will be at the Pan Am Cup on Aug. 12-17 in Reno, Nev. For more information, click here.
JAESCHKE TO POLAND
Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke announced that he will not return to Loyola of Chicago to play his senior season. Instead, Jaeschke will play for Asseco Resovia Rzeszow in Poland’s PlusLiga. Rzeszow won the PlusLiga in 2014 with U.S. players Paul Lotman and Russell Holmes on the roster.
“I feel great about the deal,” Jaeschke said of his contract. “They’re going to give me the fall of 2016 off to go back to school. I’ll be able to go get a huge chunk of my degree out of the way. That was one of the big reasons I took that offer and left school early.”
Andrey Voronkov, who served as Russia’s head coach during its 10 straight 2015 FIVB World League losses, resigned before the team’s final two matches. Vladimir Alekno, who guided Russia to the 2012 Olympic gold medal, has resumed the role of head coach. Alekno has brought back outside hitter Sergey Tetyukhin, a veteran of four Olympic Games, who has a medal from each, including gold from London.
Mauro Berruto resigned as Italy’s head coach on July 29. Italy made it to the 2015 World League Final Round, but did not qualify for the semifinals. Prior to the start of the Final Round, Berruto sent four players home in a disciplinary action.