U.S. Men's Junior National Team to Play for Bronze Medal

July 05, 2008, 1:33 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 4, 2008) – There were fireworks at the 2008 NORCECA Continental Men’s Junior Championship on Friday, but it was Cuba that was lighting the fuses.

A hard-hitting Cuban team defeated the U.S. Men's Junior National Team, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20 in the semifinals. Team USA will play Mexico for the bronze medal on Saturday at 5 p.m., MDT.

Cuba pounded Team USA by converting 47 of 71 kill attempts (66 percent) while the United States converted 28 of 69 (40 percent). Cuba also had six aces as opposed to three for the U.S. Junior Men.

“We were not completely on our game tonight, but Cuba had a lot to do with this,” U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell said. “They played a powerful game and had us on our heels most of the match. I'm pleased with the way we competed for the entire match. We now have to regroup and get ready for the bronze-medal match tomorrow.”

Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) led the U.S. Junior Men with 14 points on 10 kills, two blocks and two aces. Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) added 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

Austin Ellis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) scored six points on four kills and two blocks. Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) added three points. Joe Kauliakamoa, Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) each scored two points and Brian Muesenfechter (Florissant, Mo.) and Srdjan Nadazdin each added one.

Patchell started Bourne and Troy at outside hitter,  Jaynes and Ellis at middle blocker, Caldwell at opposite, Kauliakamoa at setter and Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai’i) at libero. Muesenfechter started the third set for Bourne.

Kasey Crider (Granite Bay, Calif.), and Nadazdin both played as substitutes.

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 3-0
United States 2-1
Dominican Republic 1-2
Puerto Rico 0-3

Pool B
Cuba 3-0
Mexico 2-1
Guatemala 1-2
El Salvador 0-3

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
July 2: Canada def. Dominican Republic, 25-20, 25-10, 25-21 
July 2: United States def. Puerto Rico, 22-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-22

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
July 2: Mexico def. Guatemala, 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 15-5.
July 2: Cuba def. El Salvador, 25-12, 25-10, 25-9

July 3: Quarterfinals
Mexico def. Dominican Republic, 25-21, 25-15, 25-20
USA def. Guatemala, 25-22, 25-12, 25-23

July 4: Classification 5-8
Dominican Republic def. El Salvador, 25-19 25- 8 25-16
Puerto Rico def. Guatemala, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16
July 4: Semifinals
Cuba def. United States, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20
Canada def. Mexico, 25-17, 25-17, 25-13

July 5
Classification 7-8: Guatemala vs. El Salvador
Classification 5-6: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic
Bronze Medal: United States vs. Mexico
Gold Medal: Cuba vs. Canada