Men's Update: Dan McDonnell has a Gold (Medal)

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Feb. 02, 2018, 11:30 a.m. (ET)

Dan McDonnell and his Polish team celebrate

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2018) – U.S. middle blocker Dan McDonnell and his Polish team Trefl Gdańsk won the Polish Cup on Jan. 28.

In the final, Gdańsk beat PGE Skra Bełchatów, 25-21, 25-22, 25-22. McDonnell was a starter and scored five points on four kills and one block.

In the semifinal on Jan. 27, Gdańsk beat ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23. McDonnell scored nine points on six kills and three blocks.

VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE

Tickets are now on sale to see the U.S. Men play Serbia, Poland and Iran in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on June 15-17 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

ITALY

In the final of the Italian SuperLeague Cup, outside hitter Aaron Russell, setter James Shaw and Sir Safety Conad Perugia beat setter Micah Christenson, outside hitter Taylor Sander and Cucine Lube Civitanova, 16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 27-25 on Jan. 28.

Russell scored 13 points for Perugia on 10 kills, one block and two aces. Shaw played as a substitute. Christenson scored one points on an ace and set Civitanova to a .474 hitting efficiency. Sander started the first three sets and scored six points on five kills and one ace.

In the semifinals, Civitanova beat middle blocker Max Holt and Azimut Modena, 17-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21. Sander started the third and fourth sets and scored eight points on six kills and two aces. Christenson scored two points on one ace and one block and set his team to a .425 hitting efficiency. Holt scored 13 points on eight kills, a match-high four blocks and one ace. American setter Jennings Franciskovic played as a substitute.

Perugia beat Diatec Trentino, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17. Russell scored nine points on six kills, one block and two aces. Shaw played as a substitute.

RUSSIA

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson and Zenit Kazan swept Yenisey Krasnoyarsk, 25-17, 25-23, 25-16 on Jan. 27. Anderson led his team with 16 points 14 kills (.778 hitting efficiency) and two aces. He was credited with 13 receptions, 62 percent positive.

Anderson announced that he has re-signed with Kazan for another season.

FRANCE

U.S. middle blocker Mitch Stahl and Paris Volley fell to Stade Poitevin, 21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-18 on Jan. 27. Stahl scored nine points on eight kills and one block.

Setter Michael Saeta played as a substitute as his French team Chaumont beat Tourcoing, 23-25, 25-15, 31-33, 25-22, 15-9 on Jan. 25.

CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Russell, Shaw and Perugia improved to 4-0 in CEV Champions League pool play and assured themselves of advancing to the next round with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 win over Belgium’s Knack Roeselare on Jan. 31. Russell led Perugia with 18 points on 12 kills, two blocks and a match-high four aces. Shaw played as a substitute and scored one point on a kill.

Christenson, Sander and Civitanova, which are in the same pool with Perugia, improved to 3-1 with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 win over Turkey’s Fenerbahce SK Istanbul on Jan. 31. Sanders scored seven points on seven kills. He was credited with 23 receptions, 48 percent positive. Christenson scored four points on three aces and one kill and set his team to a .542 hitting efficiency.

Anderson and Zenit Kazan improved to 4-0 and secured a spot in the next round with a 26-24, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Poland’s Jastrzebski Wegiel on Jan. 31. Anderson scored nine points on six kills, one block and two aces.

In the same pool as Anderson, outside hitter Kyle Russell played as a substitute and scored on a kill as his Berlin Recycling Volleys of Germany beat France’s Spacer’s Toulouse, 25-20, 15-25, 25-23, 25-18 on Jan. 30. 

Saeta and Chaumont fell to Russia’s Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 on Jan. 31. Saeta played as a substitute.

CEV CUP

Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and Italy’s Calzedonia Verona advanced to the quarterfinals of the CEV Cup with a 25-19, 25-16, 28-26 win over Czech Republic’s Dukla Liberec on Jan. 31. Jaeschke started the first two sets and scored seven points on six kills and one block. He was credited with 19 receptions, 63 percent positive.