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Mar 07 U.S. Junior Men Fall to Canada at NORCECA Championship

July 01, 2008, 2:46 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org  

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 30, 2008) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team opened the 2008 NORCECA Continental Men’s Junior Championship with a three-set loss to Canada (25-27, 15-25, 21-25) on Monday in San Salvador, El Salvador.

The U.S. Junior Men were led by Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) with 19 points on a match-high 17 kills, one block and one ace. Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Austin Ellis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) were the next highest scorers with five points each.

Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) each scored four points. Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawai’i) scored three points and Joseph Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) had two. Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai’i) was credited with 14 digs and 10 “excellent” serve receptions on 19 attempts.

Perrin Gordon led Canada with 13 points on 10 kills and three blocks.

U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell started Lawson and Troy at outside hitter, Jaynes and Ellis at middle blocker, Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) at setter, Caldwell at opposite, and Shoji at libero.

Every player on the U.S. roster saw time on the court. Lawson suffered a sprained ankle during the first set.

Canada dominated almost every aspect of the match. Team USA converted approximately 30 percent of its attack attempts while Canada converted around 36 percent. The United States was charged with 31 team errors as opposed to 19 for Canada. Canada out-blocked the U.S. Junior Men 9-4.

The United States had two aces while Canada had none.

The start of the match was delayed by more than an hour due to rain that leaked onto the court earlier in the day.

The U.S. Junior Men will face the Dominican Republic on Tuesday at 5 p.m., MDT.

The NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championships is a qualifier for the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship.

No. First Last (Position, City, State, Club or University, USAV Region
1. Kasey Crider (S, Granite Bay, Calif., Pepperdine Univ., Northern Cal)
2. Tri Bourne (OH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, USC, Aloha)
4. Kyle Caldwell (OPP, Newport Beach, Calif., Balboa Bay VC, Southern Cal)
5. Brian Muesenfechter (OH/OPP, Florissant, Mo., Lewis Univ., Gateway)
7. Austin Ellis (MB, Corona del Mar, Calif., Balboa Bay VC, Southern Cal)
8. Srdjan Nadazdin (OH/MB, Los Alamitos, Calif., Long Beach State Univ., Southern Cal)
10. Tyler Jaynes (MB, Granite Bay, Calif., Pepperdine Univ., Northern Cal)
11. Joe Kauliakamoa Jr. (S, Las Vegas, Nev., Brigham Young Univ., Southern Cal)
12. Brad Lawson (OH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Outrigger Canoe Club, Aloha)
15. Erik Shoji (L, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Outrigger Canoe Club, Aloha)
17. Murphy Troy (OH, St. Louis, Mo., Univ. of Southern Cal, Gateway)
18. Joe Sunder (OH/OPP, Greensburg, Pa., Penn State Univ., Keystone)

Head Coach - Shawn Patchell, Brigham Young Univ.
Team Manager – Tom Pingel, USA Volleyball
Asst. Coach - Craig Dyer, Penn State Univ.
Asst. Coach - Dan Friend, Lewis Univ.

Standings
Pool A
Canada 1-0
Dominican Republic 1-0
Puerto Rico 0-1
United States 0-1

Pool B
Cuba 1-0
Guatemala 1-0
El Salvador 0-1
Mexico 0-1

Results
Pool A
JUNE 30: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico, 18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-13 
JUNE 30: Canada def. United States, 27-25, 25-15, 25-21
JULY 1: CANADA vs. PUERTO RICO 
JULY 1: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC vs. UNITED STATES 
JULY 2: CANADA vs. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 
JULY 2: UNITED STATES vs. PUERTO RICO

Pool B
JUNE 30: Cuba def. Mexico, 25-16, 25-19, 25-12
JUNE 30: Guatemala def. El Salvador, 27-25, 25-18, 25-19
JULY 1: CUBA vs. GUATEMALA 
JULY 1: EL SALVADOR vs. MEXICO 
JULY 2: MEXICO vs. GUATEMALA 
JULY 2: EL SALVADOR vs. CUBA

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