U.S. Men's Junior National Team Downs Dominican Republic

July 02, 2008, 12:18 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 1, 2008) – The U.S. Junior Men’s National Team turned things around on Tuesday and defeated Dominican Republic 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 at the 2008 NORCECA Continental Men’s Junior Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador.

One day after losing to Canada in three sets, the U.S. Junior Men improved their record to 1-1. Dominican Republic fell to 1-1. Meanwhile, Canada maintained a perfect record in Pool A by defeating Puerto Rico on Tuesday, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-11. The United States will play Puerto Rico at 5 p.m. MDT on Wednesday.

“This was a very good and needed win for us,” U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell (Brigham Young University) said. “We held down our errors and controlled the serve/pass game. Because we passed better, it enabled our offensive tempo to increase.  We’ll have to be on our game against a very explosive Puerto Rican team tomorrow.  Both of us are in must-win situations.”

Team USA was led by Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) with 22 points on a match-high 19 kills, a match-high two aces and one block. Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) added 19 points on 15 kills and a match-high four blocks.

Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) scored six points on three kills and three blocks. Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) added five points on four kills and one ace. Austin Ellis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) tallied four points and Kasey Crider (Granite Bay, Calif.) had one.

Pedro Luis Garcia led Dominican Republic with 20 points on 18 kills, one block and one ace.

The U.S. Junior Men out-blocked the Dominicans 11-2 and out-hit them 43-35. The United States converted approximately 60 percent of its attack attempts into points while the Dominican Republic converted 44 percent.

Patchell started Troy and Bourne at outside hitter, Jaynes and Ellis at middle blocker, Caldwell at opposite, Crider at setter and Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai’i) at libero. Patchell stuck with his starting lineup for all three sets, but Brian Muesenfechter (Florissant, Mo.), Srdjan Nadazdin (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Joe Kauliakamoa Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.) all substituted.

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.

Pool A
Canada 2-0
United States 1-1
Dominican Republic 1-1
Puerto Rico 0-2

Pool B
Cuba 2-0
Mexico 1-1
Guatemala 1-1
El Salvador 0-2

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 def. Puerto Rico, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-11
JULY 1: United States def. Dominican Republic, 25-15, 25-20, 25-20

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 def. Guatemala, 25- 8 25-15 25-14
JULY 1: Mexico def. El Salvador, 25-20, 25-18, 25-11