U.S. defeats Russia in 5

U.S. wins 25-17, 27-25, 20-25, 25-27, 15-12

Christenson set the whole match, E. Shoji at libero. K Shoji came in to serve twice.

Matt Anderson with 31 kills, Taylor Sander with 18. More when I get the full box.


  1. volleyball fan June 6, 2014 7:58 pm

    Here’s a match I wish I could have watched, a five-game thriller. As for the scores, you have USA ahead in four of the five sets. One of the scores must be reverse. Earlier today, #12 Iran took #1 Brazil in Sao Paolo to five very close sets with only a two-point difference in each. USA will have its hands full with Iran in a series exhibition matches in South California on August.. Schedule hasn’t come out yet, but I got an email about it from USA Volleyball. Here’s the description of the Brazil-Iran match:

    Here are 15-minutes of YouTube highlights for anyone interested. Iran is a surprisingly scrappy team even if a little sloppy at time, but the highlights were real fun to watch: They sure can serve bullets!

    I saw a tweet that said that Matt Anderson had 34 kills and Taylor Sander, 22. That is remarkable for a total newcomer, second best even among veterans! Glad I was able to see him play at the Stan Sheriff Center with BYU when I visited back in April.

    Since I plan to be in California July and August, if I eve get to see the USA-Iran match, I’ll give you an on-site report about it if you have a blog about it like today.

  2. Cindy Luis June 6, 2014 8:23 pm

    1. thanks for the help on the score
    no, Anderson had 31 kills but 34 points. Sander with 18 kills, 22 points.
    here is the stats link


  3. Cindy Luis June 6, 2014 8:27 pm

    U.S. now 3-0. Russia, the defending World League champion, 0-3
    unfortunately no defensive stats at the moment, don’t know how E. Shoji did. and no setting stats.
    hoping for a box soon.

  4. volleyball fan June 6, 2014 9:49 pm

    It was a long wait but finally USA Volleyball came out with the story.

    So Eric Shoji had 31 excellent receptions and eight digs. Good for him!

  5. FormerlyWarriorfan June 6, 2014 10:22 pm

    This was Russia’s “C” level team, so obviously not that great that this mostly A level US team had so much trouble with them.

  6. haleiwacrossfitter June 7, 2014 6:09 am

    I just finished watching the Bulgaria replay…in the middle of game 4, they were talking about Kawika Shoji’s “bad attitude” with the team. Apparently he has a reputation among his US teammates that he is hard to get along with. This is the first time I have ever heard anything like this about this fine young man. What is going on with that? I’m shocked to hear that and find that very hard to believe. I know he is uber competitive, but that is why he is as good as he is, but have never ever heard about his “bad attitude” before.

  7. Cindy Luis June 7, 2014 7:07 am

    4. thanks. gave up and went to bed.
    6. I watched the replay and don’t remember hearing that at all. may have to watch it again.
    5. Hard to say how much of the A team this is for the U.S. Olympic selection still two years away.
    Speraw is going very young during this World League, particularly at setter with Christanson.. He’s also gone relatively young for his coaching staff, as the broadcasters pointed out. Instead of the Beals, McGowns, etc., he’s brought in Sealy, Sullivan, etc.

  8. haleiwacrossfitter June 7, 2014 9:43 am

    midway through game 4 of the second match…before Priddy went down

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