2018 USA Volleyball Annual Report
Men's National Team
The U.S. Men’s National Team continued to be ranked No. 2 in the world throughout the 2018 season and brought home hardware from its two major competitions of the year. The team also played exhibition matches in Hawaii and Argentina.
The preliminary round of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League was tough for the U.S. Men as they lost Olympic outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke to a torn ACL during their home weekend in Hoffman Estates. They also played most of the preliminary matches without Olympic outside hitter Taylor Sander, who was on paternity leave. VNL came down to the final weekend of pool play in Italy, where the U.S. Men opened with a 3-2 loss to France, which got them the point they needed to advance to the final round. The U.S. opened the Final Round by beating Poland (3-0), to advance to the semifinals. There, it lost to France (3-2) before sweeping Brazil for the bronze medal. Opposite Matt Anderson and Sander were named to the Dream Team.
The U.S. went undefeated (8-0) through the first two rounds of the FIVB World Championship. Team USA made it to the final six, where they opened by sweeping Russia. Their first loss came in their next match to Brazil (3-0) and they lost a close semifinal match to Poland (3-2) before beating Serbia (3-0) for the bronze medal. Anderson and setter Micah Christenson were named to the Dream Team.
A group of U.S. players traveled to Argentina before the World Championship for two exhibition matches. The team also played two inter-squad scrimmages in Hawaii, which were well attended.
The Pan American Cup team, coached by David Hunt, finished seventh in Mexico.