Down 0-2 against Russia, the United States was carrying a small lead late into the 3rd set on Saturday in Modena, Italy. Leading 21-19, Jake Langlois was moving to the right antenna with Max Holt and Kawika Shoji to set up for a block attempt on Dmitry Volkov. Russia won the point on Volkov’s attempt down the line and Langlois was left on the ground once the whistle blew. While making his move to the the outside it appears that Langlois rolled and ankle and fell down next to Holt. He was not able to complete the block attempt.
Langlois left the match but was able to exit the court on his own. He hit 50% as he accumulated 9 kills and 1 service ace for the match. Only Kyle Ensing, opposite from Long Beach State, scored more points for the United States with 15 points on 12 kills, 2 aces and a block. The loss drops the United States down to 4th place in the standings table, and moves Russia into 1st. Team USA had already secured a place in the Final Round on July 4, 2017 after yesterday’s matches.
Neither the United States nor his club, MKS Będzin of Poland, has made a comment on Langlois’s injury. It did appear to be too serious since he did not need assistance off the court, was not landing from a jump, and did not receive medical treatment right away. There has been no word as to whether he will be able to play on Sunday against Italy.
If Langlois is not able to play tomorrow, he will be the 3rd player on the disabled list for the United States. Ben Patch was left off the roster last weekend with an undisclosed injury. He was not included in this week’s lineup either. Thomas Jaeschke injured himself when he landed after an attack in last week’s match against Serbia. Tests have shown that he tore his ACL.