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Mens Volleyball

Poland 3, Team USA 2

Date of competition: Friday, July 3, 2015

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On the final weekend of a long road trip, the U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Poland on Friday, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 15-12 in FIVB World League play in Krakow, Poland.

Poland improved to 8-3 in the pool to tie the United States and secure its spot in the World League Final Round on July 15-19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. and Poland will play again on Saturday to determine the pool winner.

Statistically, the teams were close, with Poland holding the edge in kills (56-55), blocks (11-8) and aces (5-4). Both teams had hitting efficiencies of .392. The U.S. scored on 37 Poland errors while committing 33, including 24 service errors.

“I was quite pleased with how we started the match,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw said. “But for some reason we weren’t able to sustain our high level. We simply weren’t as consistent as we needed to be or as we’ve been throughout World League.”

Outside hitter Taylor Sander led the U.S. with 17 points on 16 kills and one block. Matt Anderson, playing opposite, added 16 points on 15 kills and one block. Outside hitter Aaron Russell had 13 points on 12 kills and one block.

Middle blocker David Lee, who played for Max Holt, who was designated as a libero so that backup libero Reid Priddy could play outside hitter if needed, finished with 12 points including a team-high three blocks, one ace and eight kills.

“I thought David Lee had a great match, as well as Erik Shoji,” Speraw said. “There were some bright spots that we can build on for tomorrow.”

Shoji, a Stanford grad, was credited with 15 digs.

--- USA Volleyball

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