From Bench to Hero: Jendryk spearheads U.S. comeback win in VNL semifinals

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Jeff Jendryk wasn’t shy admitting following the U.S. win that he just had the greatest serving run of his college or professional career.

The statement wasn’t boasting — it was just honesty. It’s not every day that a float server jump-starts a six-point run in the decisive fifth game of the season’s biggest match so far. Continue reading “From Bench to Hero: Jendryk spearheads U.S. comeback win in VNL semifinals”

Rested Russian squad beats Poland to advance to VNL Finals gold-medal match

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The day off that Russian coach Tuomas Sammelvuo opted to give his starters for the semifinals worked out pretty well.

Russia with its full core of starters back on the court defeated Poland 25-19, 26-24, 25-22, 25-21 on Saturday in Chicago to advance to the gold-medal match of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals. Continue reading “Rested Russian squad beats Poland to advance to VNL Finals gold-medal match”

Jaeschke leads U.S. past Russia for top semifinals seed at VNL Finals

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Outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke had quite the homecoming in Chicago.

The former Loyola All-American finished with a match-high 11 kills on a 55.0 percent offensive efficiency as the United States swept Russia 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 on Friday to clinch the Pool A title at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals. Continue reading “Jaeschke leads U.S. past Russia for top semifinals seed at VNL Finals”