COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 27, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team improved to 8-2 in the FIVB World League on Saturday with a 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18 pool play victory over host Russia in Kaliningrad.
The top two teams from Pool B advance to the Final Round, and a chance to win $1 million, on July 14-19 in Rio de Janeiro. The United States leads Pool B ahead of second-place Poland (6-3) and third-place Iran (5-4). Poland plays Iran in Tehran on Sunday. If Poland wins, the U.S. Men are guaranteed to advance as at least the second-place team.
If Iran beats Poland, then the U.S. Men will need to win at least one match against the European side in the final World League weekend on July 3-4 in Krakow.
Russia, at 0-10, is no longer a factor in the pool and must work now to stay in the top World League group. It will travel to Tehran to play Iran on July 3-4.
For the second straight match, Matt Anderson, who plays for a club team in Russia during the winter, seemed very comfortable in Kaliningrad. He started at opposite for the U.S. and led the team in scoring with 18 points on 14 kills, one block and a match-high three aces.
The U.S. led Russia in aces, 7-5, but also struggled with 26 service errors. In total, Russia scored 38 points on U.S. errors while giving up 25.
Saturday’s starting lineup
Outside hitter: Taylor Sander and Aaron Russell
Middle blocker: Max Holt and David Smith
Opposite: Matt Anderson
Setter: Micah Christenson
Libero: Erik Shoji
Kills: Anderson 14, Russell 12, Sander 9, Russell 4, Holt 8, Smith 3, Christenson 3, Lee 2
Blocks: Christenson 4, Smith 3, Holt 2, Anderson 1, Lee 1
Aces: Anderson 3, Lee 2, Christenson 2
Digs: E Shoji 6, Sander 3, Christenson 3, Anderson 2, Russell 1
U.S. Roster for FIVB World League
Team Manager: Andrea BeckerAssistant Coaches: Matt Fuerbringer and Mike Wall
Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
Team Doctor: Andrew Gregory
2015 FIVB World League
Galen Center in Los Angeles
May 30: USA d Iran, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23
May 31: USA d Iran, 25-16, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20
Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
June 5: USA d Russia, 25-18, 24-26, 25-15, 28-26
June 6: USA d Russia, 25-23, 25-21, 25-16
Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
June 12: USA d Poland, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 15-9
June 13: USA d Poland, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-17
June 19: Iran d USA, 25-19, 29-27, 25-20
June 21: Iran d USA, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19
June 26: USA d Russia, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19
June 28: USA d Russia, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18
July 3: USA at Poland
July 4: USA at Poland
July 15-19: World League Final Round (Must Qualify)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil