Associate Director of Events
MIAMI, Fla. (August 7, 2008) – The USA qualified for the 2009 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championships by defeating Mexico 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 in the second NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship semifinal match Thursday evening at Florida International University Arena. Puerto Rico defeated Guatemala 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 in the other semifinal match.
The USA returns to the court in the gold medal match at 6 p.m. on Friday. Costa Rica will play the U.S. Virgin Islands in the 2 p.m. contest for 6th place while Mexico takes on Guatemala in the bronze-medal match at 4 p.m. El Salvador captured 5th place in the 2008 NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship by defeating Costa Rica earlier in the day.
Starters for Team USA were Oliver Deutschman (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) as the setter, Dylan Davis (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) and Scott Kevorken (Westlake Village, Calif.) at the middle blocker, Weston Nielsen (Corona del Mar, Calif.) at the opposite, and Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.) and Ian Satterfield (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) at outside hitter. Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.) is Team USA’s designated libero for the tournament.
Satterfield led Team USA with 14 points on 10 kills, three aces and one block, followed by Taylor Sander with 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Dylan Davis also contributed eight kills and two blocks for a total of 10 points.
“For us, the guys that stood out today were Ian Satterfield with his serving especially in set three to give us a 9-3 lead,” U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team Head Coach Andy Read said. “Our blocking and back-court defense were exceptional and in really good spots so when Mexico hit good shots, we had a player there to dig the ball. I thought Taylor Sander, Weston Nielsen and our libero, Evan Mottram passed the ball well against a very good serving team from Mexico which eventually made them serve harder which made them make errors which gave us points. Our setter, Oliver Deutshman ran a good offense and got the hitters one-on-one many times. As the match went on, our middle became more effective.”
After a back-and-forth battle to 10-all in the first set, USA went on a four-point run with good block defense to make it a 14-10 lead which they were able to maintain throughout the rest of that set.
In set two, USA fell behind 10-7 from an aggressive Mexican offense. USA rallied back with four points on kills by Satterfield and Sanders to make the score 11-10. Mexico once again came from behind to tie the score at 14-14. At this point, USA exploded on a five-point run behind a balanced offensive attack which Mexico was not able to recover from.
Satterfield took control of set three early on with seven straight points including two service aces and Team USA never looked back.
“At first, I was thinking too much but eventually I was able to relax, get in a rhythm and get back to just playing volleyball,” Satterfield said. “In practice, serve and pass has been our main focus. Our passers were able to execute tonight which enabled Oliver to be able to run our offense effectively. It feels incredible to qualify for the World Championship for Team USA, but we have one more match against Puerto Rico tomorrow which we have to focus on.”
Read praised the efforts of Team USA’s opponent.
“This is the best Mexico Youth Team to my knowledge,” U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team Head Coach Andy Read said. “Because of their head coach and all of his National Team experience, he has developed very good athletes and a strong team which we had to face today.
Team USA has been training together for three weeks in preparation for this outcome.
“For USA, myself and all the coaches are extremely proud of all of our guys. They have worked three weeks to get to this point and have a chance to represent the USA in Italy in 2009. This has been our first focus from our opening meeting but we are not done yet. We want to win the gold medal tomorrow and be the top team from our zone at next year’s World Championships.
Juan Revuelta led Mexico with 10 kills and two service aces for a total of 12 points.
2008 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team
# - Name (Pos, Grad Year, Hometown, Club, Region)
1 - Dalton Ammerman (OH, 2009, Parker, Colo., Front Range VC, Rocky Mountain)
4 - Dylan Davis (MB, 2009, Corona Del Mar, Calif., Balboa Bay VC, Southern California)
5 - Oliver Deutschman (S, 2009, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Pacific Palisades, Southern California)
6 - Michael Dye (MB, 2009, Manhattan Beach, Calif., SCVC, Southern Cal) 7 - Scott Kevorken (MB, 2009, Westlake Village, Calif., Pacific Palisades, Southern California)
8 - Jake Kneller (OH, 2009, Westlake Village, Calif., Pacific Palisades, Southern California)
10 - Evan Mottram (L, 2009, Leona Valley, Calif., Pacific Palisades, Southern California)
11 - Weston Nielsen (OH, 2010, Corona del Mar, Calif., Balboa Bay VC, Southern California)
12 - David Connor Olbright (S, 2010, Orange, Calif., Balboa Bay VC, Southern California)
15 - Taylor Sander (OH, 2010, Norco, Calif., Orange Coast VB, Southern California)
16 - Ian Satterfield (OH, 2009, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Pacific Palisades, Southern California)
18 - Maurice Torres (OH, 2009, Riverside, Calif., OC Riptides VC, Southern Cal)
Head Coach: Andy Read
Assistant Coach: John Hawks
2008 NORCECA Boy Youth Continental Championship U19
Pool A: El Salvador, Guatemala, USA
Pool B: Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
United States 2-0
El Salvador 0-2
Puerto Rico 3-0
Costa Rica 1-2
Virgin Islands 0-3
Pool Play Matches
August 3: Mexico def. Virgin Islands, 25-8, 25-13, 25-9
August 3: Puerto Rico def. Costa Rica, 25-12, 25-12, 25-11
August 3: USA def. Guatemala, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16
August 4: Puerto Rico def. Virgin Islands, 25-17, 25-21, 25-11
August 4: Mexico def. Costa Rica, 25-13, 25-14, 25-10
August 4: Guatemala def. El Salvador, 25-19, 25-13, 25-20
August 5: Costa Rica def. Virgin Islands, 25-6, 25-19, 25-16
August 5: Puerto Rico def. Mexico, 21-25, 28-26, 20-25, 32-30, 22-20
August 5: USA def. El Salvador, 25-8, 25-9, 25-22
August 6: Mexico def. El Salvador, 25-10, 25-20, 25-23
August 6: Guatemala def. Costa Rica, 25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 25-21
August 7: El Salvador def. Costa Rica, 20-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-12
August 7: Puerto Rico def. Guatemala, 25-19, 25-20, 25-15
August 7: USA def. Mexico, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18
August 8: Costa Rica vs. Virgin Islands, 2 p.m.
August 8: Guatemala vs. Mexico, 4 p.m.
August 8: USA vs. Puerto Rico, 6 p.m.