Monday, 22 Jul 2024

U.S. Men’s National Team Faces Tough Loss Against Argentina

The U.S. Men’s National Team went head-to-head with Argentina in a friendly match at the Gorky Grana Stadium in Moron. Despite their best efforts, the U.S. team fell short, losing in a thrilling five-set match (19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-12).

Preparation for Upcoming Tournaments

The U.S. Men’s Team used these matches as preparation for the Pan American Cup and the FIVB World Championships. It was an opportunity for the players to fine-tune their skills and strategies before the major tournaments. Although the outcome was disappointing, the experience gained from facing a strong opponent like Argentina will prove valuable in the upcoming competitions.

Statistical Highlights

The U.S. Men’s Team put up an impressive performance, leading in kills (63-47) and aces (9-7). However, Argentina had the upper hand in blocks (16-10). Both teams displayed their offensive prowess throughout the match.

U.S. opposite Kyle Ensing was the top scorer of the game, contributing 22 points with 20 kills, one block, and one ace. T.J. DeFalco, another standout player for the U.S., scored 15 points with 10 kills, two blocks, and three aces. Brenden Sander, Mitch Stahl, and Jeff Jendryk also made significant contributions to the team’s overall score.

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Argentinian middle blockers Augustin Loser and Sebastian Sole led their team’s scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively. The match showcased the talent and abilities of both teams’ players.

Individual Performances

Libero Michael Brinkley showcased his defensive skills with a match-high 21 digs and 21 receptions, while DeFalco excelled in receptions with 36, with a 53 percent positive rate. Sander also had a strong performance, recording 29 receptions with a 55 percent positive rate.

Match Recap

The match was closely contested, with each set being fiercely fought by both teams. The U.S. started strongly, taking the lead in the first set and reaching set point at 24-18. Micah Ma’a sealed the set with a decisive kill, giving the U.S. the advantage.

In the second set, the U.S. continued to dominate, opening an 8-2 lead. However, Argentina fought back with a 7-2 run, closing the gap to 22-20. Sander came through in the clutch with two consecutive kills, and Stahl finished the set with an ace.

The third set saw both teams battling back and forth, with Argentina eventually taking the set 25-23. The U.S. led in the fourth set, but a service error opened an 8-0 scoring run for Argentina, allowing them to secure the set.

In the final set tiebreaker, Argentina took an early lead and maintained their advantage throughout. The U.S. fought hard but couldn’t bridge the gap, ultimately conceding the set and the match.

U.S. Starters and Statistics

The U.S. team’s starters for the match were T.J. DeFalco and Brenden Sander as outside hitters, Jeff Jendryk and Mitch Stahl as middle blockers, Micah Ma’a as setter, Kyle Ensing as opposite, and Michael Brinkley as libero. The substitutes for the U.S. were Kupono Fey, James Shaw, and Matt Pollock.

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Some notable statistics from the match include:

  • Kills: Ensing 20, Stahl 11, DeFalco 10, Sander 10, Jendryk 9, Ma’a 3
  • Blocks: Sander 3, Jendryk 2, Stahl 2, Fey 1, Pollock 1, Ensing 1
  • Aces: DeFalco 3, Stahl 2, Jendryk 2, Ma’a 1, Ensing 1
  • Digs: Brinkley 21, Sander 10, Ensing 10, Ma’a 9, DeFalco 6, Jendryk 5, Stahl 4


Q: What was the purpose of these matches for the U.S. Men’s National Team?
A: The matches against Argentina served as preparation for the Pan American Cup and the FIVB World Championships.

Q: Who were the top scorers for the U.S. Men’s Team?
A: Kyle Ensing led all players with 22 points, while T.J. DeFalco contributed 15 points.

Q: Who were the standout players for Argentina?
A: Augustin Loser and Sebastian Sole were the top scorers for Argentina, finishing with 16 and 15 points, respectively.


In a hard-fought match, the U.S. Men’s National Team faced a tough loss against Argentina. Despite the defeat, the team showed their skills and determination, highlighting their potential for success in the upcoming tournaments. The match provided valuable experience and lessons for the players, further strengthening their capabilities on the court. As they continue their preparation, the U.S. Men’s Team remains focused and determined to achieve their goals on the international stage.

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