Now having completed pool play, Team USA will now play China on July 13th at 3:00 pm local time at the Olympiets Sports Center in the placing rounds. Team USA will be competing to finish anywhere from 17th to 21st in the competition.
Greg Falcone, Jimmy O'Leary, and Ryan Quesenberry each tallied six kills in the match, while Falcone had three blocks for the second-straight match. Nick Ferry was credited with nine digs, and Keaton Pieper posted 22 assists and four aces.
"We continue to improve each set that we play, and I thought our younger guys showed a lot of heart in the third set when faced with a big deficit," said head coach Charlie Sullivan. "We continue to look at this experience as a developmental process, that will hopefully help us with our goals next year."
In addition, Team USA benefited from some home town fans in the crowd, thanks to Kansas State's women's volleyball team, also representing Team USA.
In the first set, Quesenberry provided a block for Team USA to bring them within 4-3, only to have Korea use a 7-2 run to take a six-point cushion at 11-5. O'Leary converted out of the middle at 15-11, but that was as close as things would get, thanks to Korea's 10-2 surge to cap off the frame.
The second set started how the first ended, with Korea using a big run to gain plenty of separation. O'Leary put a ball away to even things at three, but 10-1 burst by the Koreans gave them an 13-4 lead, which eventually led to the 25-14 win.
The third set proved to be the closest as it featured 12 ties. A Quesenberry kill gave Springfield an 8-7 lead heading into the technical timeout, and a Pieper ace at 12-11 would be the final time Springfield would own a lead. Korea answered back with a 12-6 run en route to a 23-18 lead.
Team USA would not go away quietly, roaring back with four-unanswered points, capped off by Pieper's fourth ace of the game. Despite two good swings in the final points, Springfield could not capitalize as it fell 25-22.