With opposite hitter Matt Anderson of West Seneca contributing six points, the U.S national team finished the first round of pool play with a 5-0 record, beating Tunisia, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-13, in Bari, Italy, at the FIVB World Men’s Volleyball Championships.
Opposite hitter Ben Patch, who substituted for Anderson in the third set, scored five points on three kills, one block and one ace.
As the winner of Pool C, the U.S. men will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria, for the second round of competition, which begins Sept. 21. They will share the second-round pool with Iran (4-1), Bulgaria (3-2) and Canada (3-2).
Serbia, Russia and Australia will also advance from Pool C, while Cameroon (1-4) and Tunisia (0-5) have finished the tournament.