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United States win Men’s Bronze Medal

 

TURIN, Italy, September 30, 2019 - USA picked up the bronze medal of the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship with a thrilling 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 32-30, 25-19) win over Serbia at Turin's Pala Alpitour.

 

It is the second bronze for USA in the history of the World Championship after that of 1994. USA have one world title to their name, dating from 1986.

 

The third set score of 32-30 ties the previous high of this tournament from the Japan v Argentina game 3-2 (26-24, 20-25, 30-32, 25-20, 15-13) on 18 September in Florence. The all-time high in the World Championships is 40-38 from the Tunisia v Puerto Rico game, 3-2 (38-40, 28-26, 16-25, 25-22, 15-11), in 2006.

 

Matt Anderson was the ace in coach John Speraw's sleeve to catch the bronze: an outstanding 29 points allowed USA to eventually win after losing a thrilling first set, and go home with a prestigious consolation prize.

 

Team USA closed the match with an impressive 11 aces: 4 by Anderson and 5 by superstar middle blocker Max Holt.