Q&A at Olympics: U.S. coach Speraw previews upcoming pool-play match vs. Tunisia

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Tunisia may be winless, but U.S. coach John Speraw is fully anticipating it to be a highly competitive match at the Olympics.

Off the Block through the USA Volleyball media department interviewed Speraw about the team’s pool-play match against Tunisia on Wednesday. Check out what Speraw had to say about playing the African champions two days after the United States lost to Russia to move to 1-1 in pool play. Continue reading “Q&A at Olympics: U.S. coach Speraw previews upcoming pool-play match vs. Tunisia”

Olympics men’s volleyball match results from Monday

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Check out the final scores from the Olympics men’s volleyball tournament matches on Monday. In addition, click here for the updated Olympics men’s volleyball standings.

Pool A matches
Iran def. Venezuela 25-17, 25-20, 25-18
Poland def. Italy 25-20, 26-24, 25-20
Japan def. Canada 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20

Pool B matches
Russia def. United States 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23
France def. Tunisia 25-21, 25-11, 25-21
Brazil def. Argentina 19-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-21, 16-14

Olympics Players of the Day

United States — Outside attacker Taylor Sander finished with a match-high 14 kills and added two blocks in a four-game loss to Russia.

Argentina — Opposite Bruno Lima ended with a match-high 22 kills on a .385 attack percentage and added two aces in a five-game loss against Brazil

Brazil — Outside attacker Yoandy Leal had a team-high 17 kills on a .394 attack percentage as Brazil rallied from a two-game deficit to beat Argentina in five games.

Canada — Outside attacker John Gordon Perrin ended with a team-high 20 kills in a four-game loss to Japan.

France — Middle attacker Barthélémy Chinenyeze had a match-high four blocks and contributed seven kills in a sweep against Tunisia.

Iran — Outside attacker Meisam Salehi had 12 kills and zero errors on a .706 attack percentage as Iran swept Venezuela.

Italy — Middle attacker Gianluca Galassi had six kills on six attempts and added a block in a three-game loss to Poland.

Japan — Outside attacker Yuji Nishida had 21 kills on a 52.94 percent offensive efficiency and had a team-high two aces in a four-game victory against Canada.

Poland — Outside attacker Wilfredo Leon had both a match-high three aces and 14 kills in a sweep against Italy.

Russia — Outside attacker Dmitry Volkov had a team-high 12 kills along with two aces in a four-game victory against the United States.

Tunisia — Outside attacker Ismail Moalla had a team-high eight kills in a three-game loss to France.

Venezuela — Middle attacker Jose Verdi had seven kills and zero errors on a .875 attack percentage in a three-game loss against Iran.

U.S. blows multiple late leads to Russia for first loss at Olympics

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The United States couldn’t close out late in sets and suffered the consequences against the Russian Olympic Committee.

Russia overcame two game-points in the second game and a late four-point deficit in the fourth game as it defeated the United States 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23 in the Olympics men’s volleyball preliminary round on Monday in Tokyo. Continue reading “U.S. blows multiple late leads to Russia for first loss at Olympics”

Christenson, U.S. offense dominant in sweep of France to open Olympics

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Setter Micah Christenson wasted no time on the Olympic stage showing why he is considered one of the top setters in the world.

Christenson guided the offense to a .550 attack percentage as the United States swept France 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 in its preliminary round opener on Saturday in Tokyo. Continue reading “Christenson, U.S. offense dominant in sweep of France to open Olympics”

Olympics breakdown: Players, coaches, staff with college men’s volleyball connections

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NCAA Division I-II mens’ volleyball will be well represented at the 2021 Olympics — and not just on the U.S. Men’s National Team roster.

Check out all the Olympians, coaches and staff members who have ties to college men’s volleyball that will partake in the upcoming Olympic volleyball tournaments. Continue reading “Olympics breakdown: Players, coaches, staff with college men’s volleyball connections”

Audio: U.S. setter Shoji discusses upcoming Olympics tournament

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Setter Kawika Shoji five years later is back at the Olympics and looking for another podium finish. Check out Off the Block’s interview with Shoji about the upcoming Olympics men’s volleyball tournament that starts Saturday.

Listen to the interview with Shoji using the audio player below. Continue reading “Audio: U.S. setter Shoji discusses upcoming Olympics tournament”