Averill lead his team with 20 points, but dropped a tight match 3-2 in the first leg of the 2nd Round.
Chaumont put forth a nearly perfect performance against Viking of Norway to move to the 2nd Round.
Poitiers got an upset win over Chaumont to start the season.
With a spot in the semifinals already a surety, American coach John Speraw opted to give his younger players some experience in the pool finale against Brazil on Friday and the team suffered its first loss of the tournament, falling 3-0.
John Speraw of the United States and Marcelo of Brazil are using varied lineups for their match to conclude Pool I in the Final Six.
The U.S. continues to play musical blockers, rolling out a whole new McDonnell-Smith rotation in Friday’s win over Canada.
Taylor Averill led the match with 4 aces in a 3-0 win over Cameroon. Serbia defeated Australia to remain within striking distance of the top of Pool C.
The United States moved to 2-0 atop Pool C, holding on for a five-set win over Australia on Thursday.
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.