U.S. Men's Players in Argentina for Friendly Matches

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Aug. 07, 2018, 7:18 p.m. (ET)
U.S. Men's Team players Kyle Ensing, Mitch Stahl and Brenden Sander block
From left, Kyle Ensing, Mitch Stahl and Brenden Sander block during the 2017 Pan American Cup. 
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 7, 2018) – A squad of 13 U.S. Men’s National Team players are in Argentina this week to play three friendly matches.

The matches are meant to prepare the athletes for the upcoming Pan American Cup (Aug. 26-Sept. 3 in Veracruz, Mexico) and FIVB World Championship (Sept. 9-30 in Italy and Bulgaria).

The U.S. roster includes four players who saw playing time during the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: outside hitters T.J. DeFalco and Brenden Sander, middle blocker Jeff Jendryk and opposite Kyle Ensing.

The Argentina friendlies will be played on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 10, at the Gorki Grana stadium in Moron and on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the UNTREF stadium in Villa Lynch.

There is no word on whether the matches will be live streamed.

U.S. Men’s Roster for Argentina Friendlies
Michael Brinkley 
(L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC Irvine)
Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
Kyle Ensing (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)
Kupono Fey (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Hawaii)
Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)
Micah Ma’a (S, 6-3, Kaneohe, Hawaii, UCLA)
Matthew Pollock (MB, 6-9, Orland Park, Ill., Pepperdine)
Brenden Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
James Shaw (S, 6-8, Woodside, Calif., Stanford)
Mitch Stahl (MB, 6-8, Chambersburg, Pa., UCLA)
Larry Tuileta (L, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Hawaii)
David Wieczorek (OH, 6-8, Chicago, Ill., Pepperdine)

Head Coach: Rob Neilson
Assistant Coach: Milan Zarkovic
Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo
Medical Support: Madison Schultze

Match Schedule
Aug. 8: Argentina vs USA, Gorky Grana Stadium in Moron
Aug. 9: Argentina vs USA, UNTREF in Villa Lynch
Aug. 10: Argentina vs USA, Gorky Grana Stadium in Moron