March 22, 2023

David Smith – At the FIVB World Championship in Gliwice, Poland, the United States Men defeated Türkiye by a score of 3-2 (25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12).

The middle blocker for the United States, David Smith, led the team in scoring with 17 points. My apologies to Ted Lasso, who was the team’s outside hitter.

On Thursday at 12:00 Pacific Time, the U.S. Men’s team (2-1) will play Poland (4-0) in a rematch that will take place in the quarterfinals (Sept. 8).


After the end of the second set, it appeared as though the United States Men might win in three sets. However, Türkiye staged a comeback and won the third and fourth sets of the match.

Smith’s kill in the fifth set put the United States ahead, 13-12, and let them to take their first lead of the match. The final two points, which were scored on a Türkiye error and a decisive kill off the block by outside hitter Aaron Russell, were earned on his service to the court.

Smith made the comment that “everyone on this court is going to be good.” “Turkey threw some things at us that maybe we weren’t prepared for, and we didn’t anticipate them. I truly believe that going forward, it will make us a stronger team.”

Smith contributed to the team’s victory by recording 14 kills (a hitting efficiency of.722) and a match-high three blocks.

John Speraw, the head coach of the United States national team, commented via social media that “that one was tough.” “In the playoffs, events like today happen all the time, and those times may bring excellent learning lessons… It required a lot of guts to win that fifth set.”

Micah Christenson, the team’s setter, made his return after missing the team’s last pool play match against Poland. Upon his return, he directed the United States Men to a hitting efficiency of.338. In addition, he contributed three points to the team’s total with two kills and one block. The libero Erik Shoji was credited with nine digs in addition to two outstanding receptions.

Türkiye dominated the United States in kills, 65-60, thanks to the efforts of their opponent Adis Lagumdzija, who concluded the match with 31 points on the strength of 29 kills and two blocks. The men’s team from the United States had a lead in aces (3-0) and blocks (7-6). The United States of America scored 36 points on errors made by Turkey, while they themselves committed 29 errors.

The opponent for the United States, Matt Anderson, racked up 15 points thanks to 12 kills, two blocks, and an ace serve. It was credited to Anderson that she made seven digs, one of which was the one that led to Russell’s last point.

Russell had 12 kills and one ace to score 13 points for the team. T.J. DeFalco, an outside hitter, finished the match with 10 points on the strength of nine kills and one ace.

Middle Jeff Jendryk had a total of eight points, seven of which came from kills (.700) and one point came from blocks. Kyle Ensing, who played the opposite position for Anderson and finished the fourth set, tallied three points by virtue of three kills. The outside hitter for the DeFalco team, Garrett Muagututia, contributed one point to the team’s total with a kill in the fifth set.

Opposite As substitutes, Kyle Russell and the middle Taylor Averill also participated in the game.

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