U.S. Men's Junior National Team Captures Bronze Medal

July 06, 2008, 2:20 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 5, 2008) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team defeated Mexico on Saturday, 25-14, 25-23, 25-19, to win the bronze medal at the 2008 NORCECA Continental Men’s Junior Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Cuba defeated Canada in the gold-medal match, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 29-27. It was not clear immediately following the match whether two teams or three from the NORCECA championship would qualify for the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship.

U.S. libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai’i) won awards for being the tournament’s Best Defender, Best Receiver and Best Libero.

On Saturday, the U.S. Junior Men were led by Austin Ellis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) who had 12 points on a match-high 10 kills and a match-high two blocks, and Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) who had 11 points on eight kills, one block and a match-high two aces.

“This is a good win against a talented Mexican team,” said U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell. “The guys got better throughout the week and I was especially pleased with our captain, Murphy Troy and Tri Bourne for the tournament. Joe Sunder came off the bench along with the play of Erik Shoji gave us momentum to pull out the bronze medal.”

Other U.S. scorers on Saturday were Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) with nine points on nine kills; Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.), who scored six points; Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) and Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) who each had five points and Joe Kauliakamoa, Jr., who scored one point. Shoji was credited with 12 “excellent” digs and 13 “excellent” service receptions.

Patchell started Bourne and Troy at outside hitter, Jaynes and Ellis at middle blocker, Caldwell at opposite and Kauliakamoa at setter. Shoji played opposite. Patchell did not waiver from his starting lineup in any of the three sets, but Sunder and Brian Muesenfechter (Florissant, Mo) played as substitutes.

The U.S. Junior Men converted almost 50 percent of their attack attempts into points while Mexico only converted 41percent. Mexico struggled with 26 team errors as opposed to 14 for the United States.

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.

Final Ranking

  1. Cuba
  2. Canada
  3. United States
  4. Mexico
  5. Puerto Rico
  6. Dominican Republic
  7. Guatemala
  8. El Salvador

Pool Play Standings
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 def. El Salvador, 18-25, 10-25, 24-26
Classification 5-6: Puerto Rico def. Dominican Republic, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17
Bronze Medal: United States def. Mexico, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 29-27
Gold Medal: Cuba def. Canada, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 29-27