It was far from a clean game, but the United States got three points with a sweep of Italy in its VNL finale to claim third place in the standings through the preliminary round.
The United States gave away 44 points on errors in a five-set loss to France on Friday, but clinched its spot in the Final Six regardless of the defeat.
With the top three teams in the VNL standings plus seventh place Italy in Pool 20, it could be considered the group of death in terms of toughness. The Russians and Americans are just mere points away from the Final Six, while Italy will rely on home court advantage to push through.
Six starters scored, led by Matt Anderson’s 18 points, as the United States finished off a perfect 3-0 week at home in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
The United States left little question which was the better team in a home sweep of Poland on Saturday, climbing into second place in the VNL standings with the win.
BluVolley Verona has announced that tests performed in Chicago have found a torn ACL in Thomas Jaeschke’s left knee.
The United States dominated Serbia in every way and Aaron Russell and Matt Anderson led the way with double-digit scoring efforts as the Americans kicked off a three-match homestand in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Without Patch on the roster, Matt Anderson will shoulder the responsibilities t the opposite position for the United States. They will look to set themselves up for a run at the Final Round this weekend in front of a home crowd in Hoffman Estates, Illinois for Pool 15 of the Volleyball Nations League.
Ben Patch leads the USA in scoring through 3 weeks of play at the Volleyball Nations League.
The United States have seemingly righted the ship and will take a two-match win streak into its three-match homestand in Hoffman Estates, Illinois next week, thanks to a four-set win over NORCECA foes Canada in Ottawa on Sunday.