Monday, 22 Jul 2024

U.S. Men Beat Poland, Securing Spot in Final Round

The U.S. Men’s National Team showcased their determination and skill in their recent victory over Poland, securing their place in the Final Round of the 2017 FIVB World League. In a thrilling match that went down to the wire, the U.S. team emerged victorious with a score of 26-31, 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 in Lodz.

Strong Finish in Pool Play

The U.S. Men’s National Team started the World League with a challenging 0-3 record. However, they rallied together and showcased their resilience by securing wins against Italy, Russia, Iran, and Poland. These victories propelled them to a sixth-place finish in pool play and earned them a well-deserved spot in the Final Round, which will take place in Curitiba, Brazil from July 4-8.

Impressive Performance and Statistics

In their match against Poland, the U.S. Men’s Team displayed their prowess in several key areas. Although the two teams had an equal number of attacks, the U.S. team outperformed Poland in blocks and aces. Additionally, the U.S. team showed their ability to adapt and improve throughout the match, reducing their errors after a challenging first set.

Taylor Sander, an outstanding outside hitter, led the scoring with 17 points, showcasing his versatility and skill with kills, blocks, and aces. Middle blocker Jeff Jendryk added 13 points, while opposite Carson Clark, who made his first start since the beginning of pool play, contributed 12 points.

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A Triumph for Carson Clark

This victory held special significance for Carson Clark, who has faced injury setbacks over the past two years. Clark, named the match MVP against Poland, expressed his delight at being able to contribute to the team’s success. His perseverance and determination paid off, and he played a crucial role in securing the team’s victory.

Team Effort and Standout Performances

The victory against Poland was a testament to the outstanding teamwork and contributions from all members of the U.S. Men’s Team. Middle blocker David Smith scored important points, while setter Micah Christenson showcased his skills with precise blocks and effective set-ups. Libero Erik Shoji displayed excellent defensive capabilities with five digs and 11 excellent receptions. The team also benefited from the impressive performance of outside hitter Garrett Muagututia, who stepped up off the bench.


The U.S. Men’s National Team’s thrilling victory over Poland highlights their determination, skill, and commitment to excellence. Their impressive performance and solid teamwork have earned them a place in the highly-anticipated Final Round of the 2017 FIVB World League. With the tournament fast approaching, the team is set to continue their pursuit of victory, representing the United States with pride and determination. Follow all the action on and witness the U.S. Men’s National Team’s journey in the Final Round.