U.S. Men to Play for Bronze after Loss to Brazil

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | July 07, 2017, 8:15 p.m. (ET)

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.

OFFICIAL STATISTICS | TV SCHEDULE | FIVB WORLD LEAGUE WEB SITE

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.

USAV Cup on August 18 and 19 in Hoffman Estates

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