Matt Anderson is back, but the Americans won their second round of three matches 2-1 in League of Nations volleyball in Rimini, Italy, losing to Poland before losing to Russia on Thursday and Australia on Saturday.
This left the Americans 3-3 as they now have three days off before playing another round of three games in three days, against Iran on Wednesday, against Germany on Thursday and against Serbia on Friday.
In a 25–22, 25–29, 17–25, 25–19 loss to Russia in the United States, Thomas Jaschke made 14 kills, a block and an ace, and second out, TJ DeFalco had 10 kills and two . Tale Eric Shoji had eight digs.
Media David Smith and Jeff Jendrick were on set opposite Ben Patch and Micah Christensen. Kyle Ensing, Taylor Avril and Mitch Stahl also played.
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On Friday, defending world champions Poland beat the Americans 25-17, 28-26, 25-17 when Anderson made his US debut in 2021 and scored nine goals in 16 appearances with two errors. The patch had five kills, four stalls and seven more. Stahl and Max Holt had three blocks each. Shoji had eight digs, and Anderson and Garrett Muagutia had five each.
Anderson said, “I really didn’t know what to expect, playing VNL for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in Italy last spring, then about 15 months after I was on the court. was.” .
“It was a tough game. Poland came out and served a lot and made some important plays at the start of the first and second sets. They put us in a difficult position, but I think we were responding now. We need to recover. Got some energy for that.”
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The US returned with a 25–23, 25–20, 25–17 victory over Australia, while Anderson led 12 strikes and hit 0.555, Ensing hit nine and 0.300, Gendrick made six strikes and Smith’s. Didn’t have five. hit error. Smith had three blocks, Ensing had two and Dustin Wotton, starting as a libero, had seven knockdowns. Christensen scored six and Anderson, Jendrick and Ensing scored four each.
“It was a challenge (two weeks),” said American coach John Spare. “We have to face Brazil in the first week and then Russia, Poland in the second week, especially when we are trying to improve our team and keep the players healthy.”
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