USA captain Christenson: "We have grown in this tournament"


Team USA confirm their place at the podium with Tuesday's win over Egypt

Hiroshima, Japan, October 15, 2019 – Matthew Anderson scored a match-high 17 points as the United States beat Egypt 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-13) at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Tuesday. 

USA coach John Speraw: "This was a great experience for our team. I am pleased with our general effort throughout the tournament, especially our outside hitters. Aaron Russell and Garrett Muagututia played every game. It is good to get on the medal stand. Garrett showed his value to the team. Now we will go home and get healthy."  

USA captain Micah Christenson: "I’m happy with how we finished. We respect the Egypt team. They are dangerous and have quality players. We responded after the first set. We have grown in this tournament. We want to continue to improve our results."

USA player Matthew Anderson: "We have more work to do. We had some different guys playing because of injuries. We know we can play against the best teams in the world, but we are not there yet. Our goal for next summer is the gold."

Egypt coach Gido Vermeulen: "They are one of the best teams. We prepared to face Micah, but he did not play in the first set. When he came in he killed us with his setting. They served well after that and we could not play anymore. For the most part, we performed well in the tournament, with the exception of one or two games, and showed what we can do."

Egypt player Omar Hassan: "They are the best team in the world. We made good preparations for the match. Our performance was good in the tournament except for one or two matches. The USA team is well organized and has good players. They have powerful serves and effective blocks. We did win the first set."