USA Dominate the Net in 3rd Win at 2024 VNL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 7, 2024) –The U.S. Men’s National Team came back after dropping the first set to beat Serbia 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-14) at the preliminary round of Volleyball Nations League on Friday in Ottawa, Canada.

United States (3-4) takes on Canada (3-3) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PT. Canada has already secured its ticket to the Olympic Games in Paris this summer.

Middle blocker Taylor Averill is looking forward to playing Canada in front of their home crowd.

“This is what you live for,” Averill told Volleyball World. “Their home court, they’re a good team. We don’t have a lot of time to prepare, but we know this team. We’ve played against them many times. I’m excited, I hope we can show up.”

Averill led the team in blocks with five and added seven kills (.636 hitting percentage).

Outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke led all scorers with 19 points on 17 kills (.452) and two aces.

Opposite Matt Anderson and outside hitter TJ DeFalco each had 16 points. Anderson had 12 kills (.393) and four blocks. DeFalco had 14 kills (.500) and two aces.

Serbia did not play its best match, giving up 28 points on errors while the U.S. gave up 15.

The U.S. outblocked Serbia (11-6) and led in kills (55-52). Serbia edged out the U.S. on aces (5-4).