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U.S. Men Lose Second Straight World League Match

By B.J. Evans | June 21, 2015, 10:16 a.m. (ET)

TEHRAN, Iran (June 21, 2015) – There was no slowing down Iran’s fast offense on Sunday as the U.S. Men’s National Team lost its second straight FIVB World League match at Azadi Stadium.

The United States, the defending World League champion, fell to 6-2 in Pool B while Iran improved to 4-4. The U.S. and Poland are now tied atop Pool B, but the U.S. is still in first place due to its 17-16 point advantage. The U.S. Men now head to Kaliningrad, Russia for World League matches on June 26 and 28. Russia is 0-8 in World League

The U.S. had fewer mistakes on Sunday than on Friday. But Iran’s high-speed offense was almost perfect with pinpoint receptions that allowed setter Saeid Marouf to make quick sets that his hitters put down with great accuracy.

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“The first night, I thought the environment in this gym with these fans affected the way we play the game,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw said. “Tonight, Iran affected the way we play the game. We were beaten by a better volleyball team; by a significant margin. They outplayed us in every facet of the game… There is only one thing we can do and that is learn from this volleyball match and hope that we can improve.”

Iran had 42 kills and a hitting efficiency of .507. The U.S. Men had 35 kills and a hitting efficiency of .250. Iran led in blocks (8-3) and aces (3-2).

“It felt like the first night we beat ourselves by making a lot of mistakes,” U.S. Team Captain David Lee said. “When they have the ball in perfect reception to a good setter, it’s a hard offense to stop.”

Speraw made several substitutions, bringing in Taylor Sander in the first set for Matt Anderson. In the third set, Lee started in place of David Smith. Thomas Jaeschke also took over for Aaron Russell. Kawika Shoji replaced setter Micah Christenson and Anderson replaced Murphy Troy at opposite.

Sunday's starting lineup:
Outside hitter: Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell
Middle blocker: Max Holt and David Smith
Opposite: Murphy Troy
Setter: Micah Christenson
Libero: Erik Shoji

Sunday’s statistics
Points: Anderson 9, Russell 9, Troy 6, Holt 6, Sander 5, Jaeschke 3, Lee 1, Smith 1
Kills: Russell 9, Anderson 8, Troy 6, Holt 4, Sander 3, Jaeschke 3, Smith 1, Lee 1
Blocks: Holt 2, Anderson 1
Aces: Sander 2
Digs: E Shoji 3, Sander 2, Troy 2, Jaeschke 1, Holmes 1, Smith 1, Smith 1, Russell 1

U.S. Roster for FIVB World League
June 19 and 21
Tehran, Iran
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College) 
1. Matt Anderson (OH/OPP, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State) 
2. Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State) 
3. Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU) 
4. David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State) 
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State) 
7. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford) 
8. Reid Priddy (OH, 6-4, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount) 
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California) 
10. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola) 
11. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California) 
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU) 
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State) 
20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine) 
22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

Head Coach: John Speraw
Team Manager: Erik Sullivan 
Assistant 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
Tehran, Iran
June 19: Iran d USA, 25-19, 29-27, 25-20
June 21: USA at Iran
Kaliningrad, Russia
June 26: USA at Russia
June 28: USA at Russia
Krakow, Poland
July 3: USA at Poland
July 4: USA at Poland

July 15-19: World League Final Round (Must Qualify)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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