Bulgarian outside hitter Valentin Bratoev described his team’s effort with a classic pop culture reference: “The Americans were like Monstars from Space Jam, we didn’t have Buggs Bunny and Michael Jordan.”
The U.S. continues to play musical blockers, rolling out a whole new McDonnell-Smith rotation in Friday’s win over Canada.
The Americans secured the Pool C title with its fifth-straight win on Tuesday, topping Tunisia via sweep. Serbia meanwhile edged out Russia in five sets to claim the second spot in the group.
The United States top Russia in a match-up of teams ranked in the top 4 of the world. Serbia beat Tunisia to stay in second place of Pool C.
Taylor Averill had 6 points in 5 sets in the United States’ opener against Serbia.
The United States Men’s National Team finished the Ljubljana Challenge with its third victory in as many days, topping host Slovenia 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, in a final leadup to the World Championships.
Team USA will head to the WCH after finishing third in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League earlier this year.
The United States men finished out their grueling rollercoaster ride at the VNL Final Six with a bronze medal around their necks after sweeping Brazil on Sunday.
Stephen Boyer’s 31 point outburst led France past the United States despite a comeback effort from the Americans.