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United States men's national volleyball team

HistoryEdit

 
United States national volleyball team in World League 2015

Birthplace of volleyball, the United States had the first association to regulate the sport, United States Volleyball Association in 1927, and was a founding member of FIVB in 1947.[1] They were part of the first Olympic tournament in 1964.[2] USA have won the FIVB World Championship in 1986 in Paris, as well as four golds at the Pan American Games and eight at the NORCECA Championships. They won only one of five matches. Of the nine times that USA have competed at the World Cup, they have finished fourth five times, most recently in 2007. They won the event in 1985, and last time out in 2011 they finished in sixth place, eight points away from the medal positions. hat success was the first of two podium finishes for the United States in the World Championships and was followed by a bronze medal in 1994. Four years ago, in Italy, they finished sixth. Of the 14 times the United States have qualified for this competition, they have finished in the top 10 on eight occasions. USA at the World Cup in 1985 and the World Championship in 1986. They reclaimed Olympic glory when they defeated Brazil 3-1 to take gold at Beijing 2008, but failed to defend their title in 2012, losing 3-0 to Italy in the quarterfinals for an equal-fifth finish. USA took the 2015 World Cup title, where they got the first Rio 2016 Olympic qualification ticket. In September 2015 U.S. national team took part in 2015 World Cup. American players won 10 of 11 matches (the same result as Poland and Italy) and lost only with Poland (1-3). On September 23, 2015 they played their last game at World Cup and beat Argentina (1-3). Despite of the same amount of winning matches just like two other teams, USA won World Cup and qualified at 2016 Summer Olympic Games because of difference in points.[3][4] It was their second victory in World Cup tournament (previous in 1985).[5] In the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League, the inaugural edition replacing the World League, the U.S. national team defeated the reigning Olympic champions and 9-time World League winners Brazil in straight sets for the bronze medal.[6]

Tournament recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

World ChampionshipEdit

World CupEdit

World Grand Champions CupEdit

World LeagueEdit

FIVB Volleyball Nations LeagueEdit

NORCECA ChampionshipEdit

Pan American CupEdit

America CupEdit

Goodwill GamesEdit

TeamEdit

The following is the American roster in the 2018 World Championship.[7]

Head coach: John Speraw

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2018–19 club
1 Matt Anderson 18 April 1987 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 360 cm (140 in) 332 cm (131 in)   Zenit Kazan
2 Aaron Russell 4 June 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 356 cm (140 in) 337 cm (133 in)   Perugia
3 Taylor Sander (C) 17 March 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 320 cm (130 in)   Civitanova
4 Jeffrey Jendryk 15 September 1995 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 353 cm (139 in) 345 cm (136 in)   Berlin Recycling Volleys
7 Kawika Shoji 11 November 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 331 cm (130 in) 315 cm (124 in)   Monza
10 Daniel Mcdonnell 15 September 1988 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 345 cm (136 in)   Gdańsk
11 Micah Christenson 8 May 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 349 cm (137 in) 340 cm (130 in)   Modena
12 Maxwell Holt 12 March 1987 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 351 cm (138 in) 333 cm (131 in)   Modena
13 Benjamin Patch 21 June 1994 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 368 cm (145 in) 348 cm (137 in)   Berlin Recycling Volleys
18 Jake Langlois 14 May 1992 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 365 cm (144 in) 355 cm (140 in)   Monza
19 Taylor Averill 5 March 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 370 cm (150 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Milano
20 David Smith 15 May 1985 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 314 cm (124 in)   Zawiercie
21 Dustin Watten 27 October 1986 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 306 cm (120 in) 295 cm (116 in)   Czarni Radom
22 Erik Shoji 24 August 1989 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 321 cm (126 in)   Latina

Kit providersEdit

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the United States national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000–2017 Nike
Mizuno
2017– Adidas

SponsorshipEdit

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Liberty Mutual, Mizuno Corporation and Commerce Bancorp, other sponsors: Molten Corporation, Almond Breeze, Arirweave, National Car, CoSport, Oppiaperformance, Alamo and Muscleaidtape.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of Volleyball". ncva.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ USA wrap up historic World Cup as Italy join them on road to Rio - fivb.org - September 23, 2015
  4. ^ USA’s Anderson heads Men’s World Cup Dream Team - fivb.org - September 23, 2015
  5. ^ USA end 30 years of hurt with World Cup triumph - fivb.org - September 23, 2015
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Team Roster – USA". FIVB. Retrieved September 6, 2018.

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