The United States will use a familiar lineup in their bid to win a second FIVB World Championship this month.
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.
With a 3-0 win over Poland, the United States qualifies for the VNL Semifinals with Russia in Pool B. Taylor Sander left the match with an injury late in the 3rd set.
Taylor Sander missed the last 4 weeks of group play while awaiting the birth of his first child. Now a father, he’ll return to Team USA for the Final 6.
A lot has changed for Piacenza since they hoisted the Coppa Italia in 2014. Financial woes have caused them to slip to Serie A2 next season.
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.
Jake Langlois became the latest casualty to injury for the United States. He left the match in the third set against Russia on Saturday.
With its ticket to France for the Final Six already in hand, the United States decided to rest most of its starting lineup, opting to give a young roster of a players a shot and fell to Russia 3-0 in a close match.
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.