United States Fall to Undefeated Poland in 4-Set Thriller

June 1, 2024.- Involving the teams ranked third and fourth in the FIVB World Rankings, the match between Americans and Polish was among the most anticipated of the week in Texas.

The Europeans prevailed over the home side with a 3-1 (29-27, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23) victory, in a rematch of last year’s VNL bronze medal match, which was also held in Arlington.

Tokyo Olympics MVP outside hitter Jordan Larson carried the American offense, with 21 points (20 kills, one block), followed by opposite Jordan Thompson, with 18 (16 kills, one block, one ace).

United States (4-3) will finish their first round of VNL on Sunday against world No. 1-ranked Türkiye (5-2) on Sunday. Poland finished its first round on Saturday at 8-0.

Dominican Republic ends Week 2

Dominican Republic fell in a hard-fought 1-3 (20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 23-25) to Japan.

Dominican opposite Gaila Gonzalez-Lopez hammered out the match high of 25 points, supported by outsides Madeline Guillen and Yonkaira Pena Isabel with 16 points apiece.

Koga led Japan win 19 points, all on offense. Hayashi and Ishikawa finished with 15 points each, while middle blocker Nichika Yamada added another 10, four of which in stuff blocks.

Dominican Republic has a 2-6 win-loss record.