Although the USA received a gold medal in girls’s volleyball on the Tokyo Olympic Video games, it was a summer season to overlook for the lads’s program.
Most notably, the USA males didn’t medal at both Volleyball Nations League or the Olympics, nor on the NORCECA Continental Championships as a crew composed principally of school gamers completed third place out of six groups on the Pan-Am Cup.
With a tough summer season now within the rearview mirror, many of the gamers who competed or skilled with the USA at the moment are in Europe beginning their skilled membership seasons. There are some gamers who made jumps to higher leagues, whereas some are staying with the identical golf equipment. Some gamers are in leagues with a lesser high quality of volleyball, and one participant unexpectedly determined to maneuver from the indoor sport to the sand.
Most professional leagues will begin up this weekend, with the Italian SuperLega opening its season on October 10.
The most important shock of the summer season has been Taylor Sander’s resolution to not return to PGE Skra Bełchatów and take his abilities to the seashore. It’s been rumored after the Olympic Video games that he was going to crew with Taylor Crabb, whose companion, Jake Gibb, retired.
The president of Skra, Konrad Piechocki, informed a reporter in Poland that the membership had misplaced all contact with Sander. It was then introduced on the Peacock TV broadcast of the AVP Chicago that he would not be enjoying indoors. Since that announcement on September 5, there have been movies surfacing of Sander coaching with Jake Gibb, Sean Rosenthal, Taylor Crabb, and coach Wealthy Lambourne.
Olympian Matt Anderson, who was slated to play in China, didn’t play professionally final season however as an alternative had an appendectomy. Anderson is again in Italy with Sir Security Perugia and might be becoming a member of Wilfredo Leon once more. The duo of outdoor hitters performed collectively at Zenit Kazan from 2014-2018 the place they received the Russian Cup, Russian Tremendous League, and CEV Champions League yearly. The crew completed second within the Agrobex Memorial of Arkadiusz Gołaś preseason match in Poland, falling to ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle in 4 units on September 26.
ZAKSA has two American gamers within the lineup this season. David Smith is again for his third season with the CEV Champions League defending champions and is joined by Erik Shoji. The American libero involves Poland after spending three seasons in Russia with Fakel Novy Urengoy. As talked about earlier than, ZAKSA beat Perugia within the finals of the Agrobex Memorial of Arkadiusz Gołaś.
After successful the 2014 FIVB World League, just a few golf equipment tried to lure Micah Christenson away from USC and get him to forgo his senior season. Zenit Kazan was the most important of these golf equipment. With Matt Anderson taking a break from volleyball for about three months, it left Kazan with room for a overseas participant to reach. Christenson declined the provide at the moment, however determined to ply his commerce in Russia after six seasons in Italy (three with Lube Civitanova and three with Modena). Christenson made his debut along with his new membership within the preliminary spherical of the Russian Cup from September 23-26. After coming off the bench on Thursday and Friday, he began in opposition to Oilman Orenburg on Saturday and Fakel on Sunday. Kazan went unbeaten by means of the weekend and certified for the semifinal stage.
Max Holt is returning to a well-known setting, becoming a member of Aaron Russell in Piacenza. Holt performed in Piacenza from 2010 to 2013, although it was technically a unique membership that has since folded. He received the CEV Problem Cup in 2013 earlier than heading to Dynamo Moscow. Holt went along with his teammate from final 12 months’s Vero Volley Monza squad, Adis Lagumdzija. Piacenza additionally signed Antoine Brizard, the French gold medalist from Tokyo 2020, and Thibault Rossard.
Rossard was teammates with TJ DeFalco at Vibo Valentia final 12 months. DeFalco, who began at outdoors hitter for the USA within the absence of Russell, moved to Poland for the upcoming season. He’s becoming a member of Taylor Averill, French Ligue A champion with AS Cannes final season, at AZS Indykpol Olsztyn.
Mitch Stahl is one other center blocker making the transfer from France to Poland this 12 months. After enjoying for Chaumont final season, he’s now with Stal Nysa. The crew made its PlusLiga debut final season.
Jeff Jendryk had a tough season in Poland with Asseco Resovia Rzeszów. He’s going again to Germany to play for the Berlin Recycling Volleys. Jendryk performed in Berlin the earlier two seasons, successful a championship and ending on the prime of the standings earlier than the season was cancelled in 2020. He might be becoming a member of Cody Kessel and Ben Patch. They had been all teammates earlier than Jendryk went to Poland. Matt West can be becoming a member of the Berlin squad. He’s anticipated to again up Sergey Grankin, the Olympic gold medalist from London 2012.
Setter Micah Ma’a is making the transfer to Poland after enjoying the final two seasons in France for Stade de Poitiers. Ma’a had a profitable run of grass tournaments this summer season with Joe and Gage Worsley.
Dustin Watten seemingly introduced his retirement from the nationwide crew this summer season, however he’ll nonetheless be enjoying in Poland this 12 months. He might be suiting up for newly-promoted LUK Lublin.
Olympian Kawika Shoji goes again to Turkey, the place he performed in 2015-2016, to take the court docket for Spor Toto Spor Kulübü. Josh Tuaniga is enjoying with MKS Ślepsk Malow Suwałki for the third consecutive season. He signed with the membership after graduating from Lengthy Seashore State in 2019.
Kyle Ensing, backup reverse in Tokyo, is staying in Israel. He’ll proceed his profession with Josh Ayzenberg and JT Hatch at Maccabi Tel Aviv. The trio of People received an Israeil championship final season.
Jake Hanes, who performed for the USA within the Volleyball Nations League, noticed restricted motion for Arago de Sete within the French Ligue A final 12 months. This 12 months he might be teaming up with Ryan Coenen within the Polish second division for BBTS Bielsko-Biała. He got here off the bench within the second set of his debut on September 24 and scored 10 factors on 5 kills, 4 aces and a block in his crew’s opening win.
Garrett Muagututia and Brenden Sander each performed within the Polish PlusLiga final season however have left Europe to seek out new golf equipment this 12 months. Muagututia might be enjoying in Egypt for Al-Ahly, and Sander might be part of Qatar S.C.