Monday, 22 Jul 2024

U.S. Men Fall Short Against Brazil in USAV Cup Match

The highly anticipated match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Brazil ended in disappointment for the Americans. Despite the return of Olympic medalists Matt Anderson, Max Holt, and Aaron Russell, the team fell to Brazil in straight sets.

Brazil, ranked number one in the world, demonstrated their dominance, defeating the second-ranked U.S. team with a score of 25-21, 25-23, 29-27. The victory gave Brazil a perfect 3-0 record in the four-match exhibition series.

Although the U.S. team showcased a strong performance, hitting .453 with starting setter Kawika Shoji, they couldn’t match Brazil’s superior hitting efficiency of .480. The U.S. led in aces but struggled with service errors.

Anderson and Russell led the U.S. team in scoring, each contributing 10 points. However, both players acknowledged the need for improvement after their time away from the game.

Despite the loss, there were encouraging performances from Olympic medalist Thomas Jaeschke and local talent Jeff Jendryk. Jaeschke, who grew up near the Sears Centre, scored five points in the third set, including two aces. Jendryk, who will be returning to Loyola of Chicago, showcased his skills with four kills and one ace.

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U.S. Head Coach John Speraw acknowledged that the team still has room for growth, particularly with the young players facing a seasoned Brazilian squad. Speraw emphasized the importance of learning quickly to reach their full potential.

Brazil’s Mauricio Silva and Renan Buiatti led the scoring for their team, contributing 16 and 15 points respectively.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will have another chance to redeem themselves in the upcoming match against Brazil on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena.


Q: How did the U.S. Men’s National Team perform against Brazil in the USAV Cup match?
A: Despite the return of Olympic medalists, the U.S. team fell to Brazil in straight sets.

Q: What was the final score of the match?
A: Brazil won with a score of 25-21, 25-23, 29-27.

Q: Who were the standout performers for the U.S. team?
A: Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell led the team in scoring with 10 points each. Thomas Jaeschke and Jeff Jendryk also made notable contributions.


In a highly anticipated USAV Cup match, the U.S. Men’s National Team faced off against Brazil. Despite the return of Olympic medalists, the U.S. team fell short, losing in straight sets to the number one ranked Brazilian squad. The match showcased a strong performance from the U.S. team, but they couldn’t match Brazil’s hitting efficiency. Leading the scoring for the U.S. team were Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell, while Thomas Jaeschke and Jeff Jendryk impressed with their contributions. With room for improvement, the U.S. team looks forward to their next opportunity to compete against Brazil. For more information and updates, visit

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