USA improve chances of a pódium spot


HIROSHIMA, Japan, October 14, 2019 – Garrett Muagututia scored a match-high 16 points as the United States bolstered its chances of winning a medal with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-16) at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Monday. 


The Americans improved to an 8-2 record and 24 points with one more match to play against Egypt on Tuesday.


USA coach John Speraw: I’m pleased with the focus we showed today at the end of a long tournament. The players understood that. We can end up with a medal. I thought Aaron Russell and Garrett Muagututia played well. Erik Shoji has had a good tournament also. 


In another contest, Poland held onto second place beating Canada 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-20) in an assured showing at Hiroshima Green Arena. Poland sits at 8-2 with 25 points, while Canada fell to 4-6.


Canadian Sharone Vernon-Evans scored 19 points as the leader of all the players in the match. Maciej Muzaj was the best for Poland with 14 points.