Matt Anderson of West Seneca led all scorers with 29 points as the U.S. Men’s National Team won its first FIVB World Championship medal in 24 years on Sunday when it beat Serbia, 23-25, 25-17, 32-30, 25-19 for the bronze in Turin, Italy.
It is only the third time the U.S. Men have medaled at the World Championship. They took gold in 1986 and bronze in 1994.
U.S. Coach John Speraw said winning the third set 32-30 was important to the U.S. victory.
"I really felt like that’s when we started to play our best volleyball," he said.
The third set was close throughout, and Serbia took set point at 24-23. Matt Anderson fought it off with a kill. At 30-30, Anderson scored on two straight kills off the block.
Anderson had on a match-high 23 kills (57.5%), four aces and two blocks. Anderson scored three of the United States’ final five points of the match on kills. He also had three straight aces in the third set.
Poland shut out Brazil 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-23) in the gold medal match before a sellout crowd at Turin’s Pala Alpitour to collect the third world title in their history, after 1974 and 2014. The next FIVB tournament will be in 2022.