U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team Wins NORCECA Gold

Aug. 09, 2008, 1:08 a.m. (ET)

R.J. Abella
USA Volleyball VIS Delegate
E-mail: rjabella.usa.visa@hotmail.com

MIAMI, Fla. (August 8, 2008) – The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team defeated Puerto Rico 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 in the gold-medal match of the NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship Friday evening. A day earlier, the team qualified for the 2009 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship by reaching the championship match.

Ian Satterfield (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led the USA with 12 points on nine kills, two blocks and one service ace while celebrating his 17th birthday. Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.) followed right behind with 10 points on six kills, three blocks and a service ace.

“We had to beat them in the serving passing game," U.s. Boys' Youth National Team head Coach Andy Read said. "Our servers have to beat their passers. Our ability to pass their serves allows us to be in system more and I think that Puerto Rico is a very good serving team with very live arms. If we did that our block, in time, would make up for errors and win us the match.”

Weston Nielsen (Corona del Mar, Calif.) tallied eight points in the USA victory, while Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) added six points. Rounding out the scoring was Scott Kevorken (Westlake Village, Calif.) with five points and Oliver Deutschman with a single tally.

The USA block was strong with seven blocks compared to Puerto Rico’s two. The USA also won the serving and passing game with six aces and only three reception faults. Jorge Lopez of Puerto Rico led the match in points with 15 on 13 kills, one block and a service ace.

Throughout the tournament the USA remained undefeated and didn’t lose a single set. Nielsen was tabbed the tournament's most valuable player, while Deutschman was named the tournament’s best setter. Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.), Team USA's libero, earned best passer and libero. Read was named the best coach.

“Being named the best coach means I have some really talented players," Read said. "It truly is an honor to coach for USA Volleyball. There is nothing better to see as a coach, your team with gold medals and the national anthem playing on the day of the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing. Our guys are the best at what they do in this part of the world and we look forward to being the best in Italy for the 2009 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championships.”

Other tournament honors went to Puerto Rico's Jorge Lopez as the Best Scorer and Best Spiker, Puerto Rico's Jorge Barajas as Best Blocker, Puerto Rico's Javier Caceras as Best Digger and Mexico's Jorge Cabrera as Best Server.

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

Pool A
United States 2-0
Guatemala 1-1
El Salvador 0-2

Pool B
Puerto Rico 3-0
Mexico 2-1
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

Classification 5
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

Classification 6-7
August 8: Costa Rica def. Virgin Islands, 26-24, 25-16, 25-21

Bronze Medal Match
August 8: Mexico def. Guatemala, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17

Gold Medal Match
August 8: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22