United States win Men’s Bronze Medal
TURIN, Italy, September 30, 2019 - USA picked up the bronze
medal of the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship with a thrilling
3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 32-30, 25-19) win over Serbia at Turin's Pala
It is the second bronze for USA in the history of the World
Championship after that of 1994. USA have one world title to
their name, dating from 1986.
The third set score of 32-30 ties the previous high of this
tournament from the Japan v Argentina game 3-2 (26-24, 20-25,
30-32, 25-20, 15-13) on 18 September in Florence. The all-time
high in the World Championships is 40-38 from the Tunisia v
Puerto Rico game, 3-2 (38-40, 28-26, 16-25, 25-22, 15-11), in
Matt Anderson was the ace in coach John Speraw's sleeve to catch
the bronze: an outstanding 29 points allowed USA to eventually
win after losing a thrilling first set, and go home with a
prestigious consolation prize.
Team USA closed the match with an impressive 11 aces: 4 by
Anderson and 5 by superstar middle blocker Max Holt.