U.S. Men Can't Catch Canada

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans | July 08, 2017, 11 p.m. (ET)

Jeff Jendryk attacks vs. Canada

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 8, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Teams journey from last place to semifinalist in the FIVB World League did not end as the team hoped on Saturday as the United States fell to Canada, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21.

The U.S. finishes World League with a record of 5-8.

“I’m really proud of the fact that we were able to get this far and have an opportunity here,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw said. “I am disappointed at how we played the last couple matches. We passed the ball really well and usually when you win that serve-pass battle you should be in a better position to win.

“We need to kill the ball better. We need to set the ball better. We need to be smarter offensively. It’s such an important part of the game.”

The U.S. Men led in kills (49-43). Canada led in blocks (10-9) and the teams tied in aces (3-3). Canada scored 37 points on U.S. errors while committing 29.

Outside hitter Taylor Sander and middle blocker David Smith each finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. Sander had a match-high 13 kills. Smith had a match-high four blocks and two aces to go with eight kills.

Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and opposite Ben Patch each finished with 12 points, even though Patch did not play in the fourth set.

“I think we are the most improved team in the tournament, but we are not one of the best three,” U.S. Team Captain Kawika Shoji said. “It hurts now, but we will learn and come back stronger.”

U.S. Men's Starters vs. Canada
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. Canada
Kills: Sander 13, Jaeschke 12, Patch 10, Smith 8, McDonnell 2, Clark 2, Jendryk 1, Christenson 1
Blocks: Smith 4, Patch 2, K Shoji 1, Jendryk 1, Sander 1
Aces: Smith 2, Clark 1
Digs: E Shoji 12, Jaeschke 8, Christenson 7, Smith 6, Patch 5, Sander 5, Jendryk 3, Kawika Shoji 3, Clark 2, MxDonnell 2

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