Torey Defalco scored 18 points on 15 kills and three blocks and the United States men's national volleyball team downed Germany 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20 in a Volleyball Nations League match Saturday in Cannes, France.
Former Stanford standout Kawika Shoji stepped in as the full-time setter (the U.S. recorded a .556 hitting percentage) and contributed seven points on four kills, two blocks and a service ace. Erik Shoji shared libero duties with Larry Tuileta Jr.
"My teammates helped me out a lot with good passing," DeFalco said. "Kawika was running a great offense, which took the pressure off of me and I could just do my thing."
Benjamin Patch, the Americans leading scorer the previous four matches, was given the night off as the U.S. prepares to take on host France (6-2, 1-1) on Sunday. Argentina upset the French, tied for third with Brazil, in four sets.
The U.S. (4-4, 2-0), which lost four of its 15 matches in last year's inaugural VNL, won twice in the same city for the first time this season and is on a three-match winning streak.
The Americans improved to 10-7 against Germany in major world level competition by taking a measure of revenge for last year's three-set German sweep. The U.S. also moved into sixth place in the standings.