United States win first in VNL 2019
KATOWICE, Poland, June 2, 2919 –
The U.S. Men’s National Team got its first win of the 2019 FIVB
Volleyball Nations League, 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-16) over
Australia on Sunday in Katowice, Poland.
The U.S. Men will travel to Ufa, Russia for their next three
matches (vs. Italy, Russia and Portugal) with a 1-2 record.
U.S. Head Coach John
Speraw started his third new lineup of the
tournament, starting designated setter Micah
Ma’a at outside hitter with Taylor
Smith and Jeff
Jendryk started in middle. Mitch
Stahl took over for Jendryk in the second set.
Josh Tuaniga started at setter, Kyle
Ensing at opposite and Dustin
Watten at libero.
The U.S. led in kills (47-39) with a hitting percentage of .398.
Australia hit .273.
The U.S. led in blocks (11-7) and aces (6-4). Each team finished
with 32 scoring errors.
Sander led all scorers with 19 points on 16 kills, two blocks
and one ace. Ensing scored 14 on 10 kills, two blocks and two
aces. Ma’a totaled 12 points on nine kills, one block and two