West Seneca’s Matt Anderson and the U.S. National team will have to settle for third or fourth place in the FIVB World Men’s Volleyball Championships before, 11,800 at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy.
Defending world champion Poland came back from a set down and held off a rally by the Americans in the tie-breaker to advanced to today’s championship match against Brazil.
Poland won 25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 25-20 and 15-11,
The United States came back from 11-5 with four straight points but were unable to catch up completely in the tie-breaker. Bartosz Kurek, who had 29 points in the match, made a great hit off an American block in Poland’s winning drive.
U.S. captain Taylor Sander collected 19 points with 15 kills, 2 blocks and 2 services points. Anderson (17-1-1) matched that.
The Americans had advanced to the semifinal with a sweep of Russia on Thursday before losing their first match of championship to Brazil on Friday with both sides playing backups.
The outcome means it will be a Poland-Brazil match for the championship just as it was in 2017.