2017 FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAUGE – GROUP 1
- Group 1 Third-Place Match
- July 9th, 2017
- Curitiba, Brazil
- FIVB World League Third-Place Match
- TV: YouTube, UniHD (U.S.), CBC TV (Canada)
- Start Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
The bronze medal match for the 2017 FIVB World League (watch live here) is about to begin, and starting lineups have been announced.
The Americans early were a story of tinkering with their lineups. Ben Patch, who has wound up being one of the team’s offensive forces, didn’t even play the first game of the tournament – and is now crucial to the team’s success.
But over the last several matches, the roster has stabilized (though even Thomas Jaeschke, one of the most-pedigreed Americans on the roster, didn’t start the last two sets of the semi-finals).
The big change for the United States in the bronze medal match is that Daniel McDonnel is starting in place of Jeff Jendryk at middle blocker. Jendryk has been a breath of fresh air for the U.S. here, but he was subbed out for McDonnel in the 3rd set against Brazil, and McDonnel finished the day. USA Volleyball said they had no information about a Jendryk injury, but McDonnel is much more of an offensive force than is Jendryk. With Canada not being a big service team, McDonnel’s offensive abilities will be more crucial to side-out Canada’s serves as frequently as possible.
McDonnel also started in the teams’ first matchup this year and pllayed the first two sets, while Jendryk came in and played sets 3-5. Canada won 3-2, but the teams split 1-1 in the sets that McDonnel played in.
|United States||Semi-Final||Bronze Medal Match|
|Outside Hitter/Receiver||Taylor Sander||Taylor Sander|
|Outside Hitter/Receiver||Thomas Jaeschke||Thomas Jaeschke|
|Opposite||Ben Patch||Ben Patch|
|Middle Blocker||David Smith||David Smith|
|Middle Blocker||Jeff Jendryk||Daniel McDonnel|
|Setter||Micah Christenson||Micah Christenson|
|Libero||Erik Shoji||Erik Shoji|
A look at Canada’s roster shows the stability that has carried him this far – it’s identical to the one they used in the semi-finals.
|Canada||Semi-Final||Bronze Medal Match|
|Outside Hitter/Receiver||John Gordon Perrin||John Gordon Perrin|
|Outside Hitter/Receiver||Stephen Maar||Stephen Maar|
|Opposite||Sharone Vernon-Evans||Sharone Vernon-Evans|
|Middle Blocker||Graham Vigrass||Graham Vigrass|
|Middle Blocker||Daniel Vandoorn||Daniel Vandoorn|
|Setter||Tyler Sanders||Tyler Sanders|
|Libero||Blair Bann||Blair Bann|