The United States won its first medal at the World Championships since 1994 (bronze), besting Serbia in four sets on Sunday for the bronze at the 2018 FIVB Men’s World Championships.
The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat were on full display in the FIVB video below, following both teams before, during and after the match.
Here’s a short video showing the true emotions & behind the scenes of the celebrations during the Runner-up match between USA 🇺🇸 & Serbia 🇷🇸. We hope you enjoy this short clip of that fine day in Turin where the best of #Volleyball was celebrated! #FIVBMensWCH #VolleyballWCHs pic.twitter.com/IenLIr5HTb
— Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) October 1, 2018
“It was hard to play again after losing the semifinal,” USA opposite Micah Christenson said. “We thank the Italian crowd for supporting us. It was a beautiful Final Six, despite Saturday’s disappointment.”
Despite losing out on a medal, Serbia was pleased with their progress.
“I’m very proud of what we did: it was a long journey, from Bari to Varna to Turin, and we have nothing to blame ourselves for,” Serbian outside Uros Kovacevic said. “We knew USA is a great team, and today they were the best.”
The Americans bested Serbia in every way in the match, outdoing their foes in kills (65-45), blocks (9-4) and aces (11-4). The advantages made up for 35 miscues in the match.
Matt Anderson was dominant for the USA in the victory, racking up a match-high 29 points (23 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks), while three other players added double-digit efforts.
Serbia was led by Drazen Luburic‘s 12 points, although he only started the final stanza.