The 20-year old Loser led a breakout by Argentina’s block on Friday, the 3rd of a 3-match sweep over the Americans men.
An improved Argentina block, led by 3 from Agustin Loser (blue jersey), offset the improved American reception on Thursday.
The United States used an entirely different starting lineup on Friday against Russia than the day before. John Speraw has now started all 14 players on his roster in the VNL Final Six.
Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
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.
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.
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.
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.