Monday, 22 Jul 2024

U.S. Men Begin World League in Olympic City

The U.S. Men’s National Team is gearing up for an exciting start to their 2016 FIVB World League campaign in the Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro. This year, however, the teams will not be playing at the Olympic volleyball venue, the Maracanãzinho, but instead at the Carioca Arena in the Olympic Park. Let’s delve into the details of the tournament format and the challenges that lie ahead for the U.S. Men’s team.

A New Format for the World League

Due to the Olympic Games, the World League format has changed. Instead of the usual rounds of pool play, there will be three weekends with four teams competing against each other at each stop. The U.S. Men’s team will face off against Belgium on Friday, Australia on Saturday, and finally, Brazil on Sunday.

Health Concerns for the U.S. Men’s Team

The U.S. Men’s Head Coach, John Speraw, has expressed his concern about the health of his team. Setter Micah Christenson and outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke suffered minor injuries during the team’s trip to Cuba for friendly matches. In addition, outside hitters Aaron Russell and Taylor Sander needed extra rehab work after their professional seasons in Italy. Once everyone is fully fit, Coach Speraw is confident they can fine-tune their game.

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Facing Strong Competition

The U.S. Men’s team will be up against tough competition in Brazil, Argentina, and Iran. Brazil, the top-ranked team in the world, will be a formidable opponent. In 2015, Brazil won four out of five matches against the U.S. Men, including a victory in the Final Round of the World League in Rio. Argentina, who defeated the U.S. Men at the FIVB World Championships in 2014, will also be looking to challenge their American counterparts. Iran, the winner of the Asia Olympic Qualifier, has proven to be a worthy adversary for the U.S. Men’s team.

Past Successes and Expectations

The U.S. Men’s team has had a strong track record in the World League, having won the tournament twice and finishing in the top three several times. In 2015, they claimed the bronze medal after a tough loss to Serbia in the semifinals. In order to secure their spot in the Olympic Games, the U.S. Men’s team defeated Argentina in the final match of the 2015 World Cup.

How to Watch

For fans eagerly awaiting the U.S. Men’s team’s World League matches, NBC Sports Channel will be broadcasting the pool play matches, and they will also be streamed live on the NBC Sports website.

FAQs

Q: What is the new format for the World League this year?

A: This year, due to the Olympic Games, the World League will have three weekends of pool play with four teams competing against each other at each stop.

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Q: Who are the main competitors for the U.S. Men’s team in the World League?

A: The U.S. Men’s team will face strong competition from Brazil, Argentina, and Iran.

Q: How can I watch the U.S. Men’s team’s World League matches?

A: The pool play matches will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Channel and streamed live on the NBC Sports website.

Summary

As the U.S. Men’s National Team embarks on their 2016 FIVB World League campaign in Rio de Janeiro, they are faced with new challenges and tough opponents. With a new tournament format and various health concerns, the team is working hard to fine-tune their game. They will be going head-to-head against top-ranked teams like Brazil, as well as formidable opponents such as Argentina and Iran. Despite the challenges, the U.S. Men’s team has a strong track record in the World League, and fans can catch their matches on NBC Sports Channel or through the live stream on the NBC Sports website.