Canadians beat U.S. men in Volleyball Nations League

USA's Matthew Anderson (1) jumps to spike the ball during a Volleyball Nations League match between USA and Canada at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on June 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of FIVB.

Matt Anderson recorded 19 points, 18 of them kills, but the United States men's national volleyball team fell to visiting Canada 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17 at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill. in a FIVB Volleyball Nations League match Saturday.

Garrett Muagututia added 18 points on 16 kills and two blocks for the Americans (6-5, 1-1), who fell into a sixth-place tie with Poland, each with 19 points, in the VNL standings. The U.S. is already guaranteed a spot in the VNL Finals as a result of being the hosts.

"Canada started figuring us out. They were making some good blocking moves; scheming a little bit," Muagututia said. "I don’t think we made those moves as well as they did. We didn’t put enough pressure on them from the service line.”

Canada (6-5, 2-0) moved into eighth-place (18 points) and is six points shy of claiming one of the five other spots with four matches remaining.

Torey Defalco had 13 kills, a block and three aces for the U.S., which finishes the weekend with an afternoon match with China (1-10, 0-2).

"I’m disappointed in the loss," U.S. coach John Speraw said. "We never really put any pressure on them from a service perspective or the block and defense. When we did in certain stretches of the match, we played pretty well. But over the course of the match we just didn’t sustain it.”

— Palo Alto Online Sports/FIVB

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