Overview

Team profile

USA

The United States are entering in a third season under head coach John Speraw. They could not defend the World League title they won by defeating arch-rivals Brazil last year, but took the bronze medal following a straight sets win over Poland in Rio de Janeiro. At the Pan-American Games in Canada, USA were placed sixth after losing 3-1 to Cuba. 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.

At the 2014 World Championship, they missed out on the third round by two points and were ranked joint-seventh overall. In 2013 the US team took the gold medal in the NORCECA Championship. They are aiming for a return to the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s when they won two Olympic gold medals (1984 and 1988) and a bronze (1992), as well as triumphing at the World Championship in 1986. They achieved Olympic glory again when they defeated Brazil 3-1 to win gold at Beijing 2008, but failed to defend their title in 2012, losing in the quarterfinals. The team’s success at the 2014 World League was their first title since 2008.




Coach

Speraw John

Speraw John

John Speraw took over as head coach of the US men's team in March 2013 and guided them to victory in the World League in 2014. The team followed that up with a bronze medal in 2015. Previously, the Californian native was an assistant coach for the US men's Olympic teams that won gold in 2008 and finished equal-fifth in 2012. Speraw was also an assistant coach for the United States silver medallist team at the 2012 World League, deputising for head coach Alan Knipe for four matches in his absence due to a family matter. Despite his national role, Speraw remains the head coach at the University of California in Los Angeles, where he won two national championships as a player.

Staff

  • Team Manager Becker Andrea
  • Assistant coach Fuerbringer Matthew
  • Second Assistant Coach Wall Michael
  • Doctor Stovitz Stephen/Lee Christopher
  • Physiotherapist Brock Aaron

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
USA
11 10 1 7 3 0 0 1 0 30 31 6 5.166 899 746 1.205
2
Italy
11 10 1 6 3 1 0 0 1 29 30 8 3.750 918 780 1.176
3
Poland
11 10 1 3 6 1 0 1 0 29 31 11 2.818 1011 884 1.143
4
Russia
11 8 3 6 1 1 0 1 2 23 25 12 2.083 885 794 1.114
5
Argentina
11 7 4 4 2 1 1 3 0 21 26 16 1.625 985 922 1.068
6
Japan
11 5 6 3 1 1 2 2 2 16 21 21 1.000 928 934 0.993
7
Canada
11 5 6 3 0 2 0 3 3 13 18 22 0.818 886 940 0.942
8
Iran
11 4 7 2 1 1 1 2 4 12 16 24 0.666 905 893 1.013
9
Australia
11 4 7 2 1 1 1 1 5 12 15 24 0.625 831 925 0.898
10
Egypt
11 2 9 0 1 1 3 1 5 8 13 30 0.433 889 976 0.910
11
Venezuela
11 1 10 0 0 1 1 3 6 3 8 32 0.250 815 981 0.830
12
Tunisia
11 0 11 0 0 0 2 1 8 2 5 33 0.151 747 924 0.808

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