The United States men’s national volleyball team successfully defended its home turf, winning all six of its matches played on U.S. soil through the first three weeks of the FIVB World Men’s Volleyball League.
The next three weeks will be interesting as the fifth-ranked Americans, with Stanford grads Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji, will be spending their time on foreign soil, beginning with Iran this weekend. Cardinal grad Matt Fuerbringer is an assistant coach for Team USA.
The United States is the defending champion of World League, which is the premier international men’s volleyball tournament. Teams play six weekends of pool play in hopes of qualifying for the Final Round and a check for $1 million.
The U.S. currently leads Pool B with 17 points, followed by Poland with 11, Iran with 7 and Russia with 1. The top two teams qualify for the Final Round in Rio de Janiero, which begins July 15.
Matt Anderson and Erik Shoji rank 1-2 in the World League (which consists of 32 teams overall) in the Best Receiver category, with an efficiency rating of 74.06 and 69.15, respectively. Shoji ranks eighth in the Best Digger category at 1.46 digs per set.