Fukuoka, Japan, October 4, 2019 – Matthew Anderson scored a match-high 23 points as the United States defeated Poland 3-1 (25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 27-25) at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup on Friday.
USA coach John Speraw: "It was another great match between the USA and Poland. They are deep and well-coached. We served well in the first and second sets, then we started missing. It is always just one or two points that make the difference against Poland. Tonight we got it.
"I hope Thomas Jaeschke will be OK after his injury. We are hoping for the best and for his quick recovery."
USA captain Micah Christenson: "I want to give enough praise for Thomas Jaeschke. He made a massive change for our team. He's a great example for the way we should play. My prayers are with him after the injury.
"When we play against Poland we know it's going to be difficult. We knew it was going to be a battle. We are proud that we were able to execute our game plan."
Poland coach Vital Heynen: "They deserved to win. This was like a soccer match in Europe with two halves. They dominated in the first half and we came back to almost make it 2-2 in the second. I changed the team a bit and we are still missing some players. I hope Thomas Jaeschke will be OK. They played sharper than us today."
Poland captain Bartosz Kurek: "The match was fair-and-square. From the outcome, it could have gone both ways. This is a long tournament so we have to take something from this game, but we have to move on and concentrate on the next games."
On Vital Heynen and Wilfredo Leon Venero: "I don't like to compare the past and the present. We are trying to build something for the Olympic Games. We are thinking about our main goal, that's what we're focusing on. Leon is one of the best players in the world, if not the best. He's a great addition to the team. We need to get to know each other because we've never played together before. I hope we can develop something to achieve our goal in the Olympic Games. I think we are in a good path for that."