Men's Junior Team Falls to India; Finishes 2nd in Pool

Aug. 02, 2009, 11:56 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 2, 2009) - The U.S. Men's Junior National Team lost its first match of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior (U-21) World Championships on Sunday, falling 0-3 (23-25, 21-25, 18-25) to host India at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

India and the United States both conclude the pool with 2-1 records, as did Belarus. By virtue of the tiebreaking point ratio formula, India won Pool A with a 1.226 ratio. India, playing in its fifth Men's Junior World Championship, had never qualified for the top half of the classification bracket in the previous events, let alone winning its pool. USA earned the second spot by two-thousandths of a point over Belarus - 1.039 to 1.037.

Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the United States with 12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace. Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) added seven points on six kills and one ace. Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) scored six points on five kills and one block.

"India played really well," U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell said. "Coming into the tournament, I believed our strongest area was blocking. Tonight, India took advantage of our block by hitting through it and around it."

Singh Gurinder led all scorers with 19 points on 17 kills and two blocks. Jacob Manidurai Naveen Raja added 16 points on 16 kills and one ace.

The U.S. Men's Junior Team won the ace race 4-2 over India. But India out-blocked the United States 11-10 and converted 48.35 percent of its attack attempts while Team USA converted 39 percent. Ciarelli was 10 for 23 in hitting with four faults. Jaynes was six for 10 with no faults.

Every U.S. player scored at least one point except libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai'i). Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai'i) scored five points on four kills and one ace. Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) had four points on two kills and two aces. Tom Amberg (El Cajon, Calif.) scored four points on two kills and two blocks. Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) added three points on three blocks. Rusty Lavaja (St. Charles, Ill.) chipped in three points on one kill and two blocks. Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawai'i) and Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) each scored one point on one kill.

Shoji was credited with five digs and four faults on 15 attempts and nine excellent receptions and two faults on 18 attempts. Kauliakamoa was credited with 16 running sets and no faults on 68 attempts.

Patchell started Ciarelii and Troy at outside hitter, Jaynes and Vogel at middle blocker, Sunder at opposite, Kauliakamoa at setter and Shoji at libero. Amberg, Bourne and Lawson all played as substitutes. Lavaja replaced Vogel in the second set and started the third.

Kauliakamoa gave Team USA a 7-5 lead in the opening set by blocking a soft India attack. Gurinder tallied a kill and Navjit Singh added a block to give India a 9-8 lead. Kauliakamoa turned in his second block to give Team USA a 10-9 lead. India returned in front at 14-13 and extended its lead to 15-13. India scored a point on each side of the second technical timeout (TTO) to take a 17-14 lead. Team USA whittled the deficit to 20-19. Ciarelli turned in consecutive kills to tie the set at 22-all and had a swing to go ahead, only to be blocked by R Vaishnav. India earned set point at 24-22. Gurinder led India's offense in the opening set with seven spikes, while the team contributed three blocks.

Troy served an ace and Jaynes powered a middle attack to give the Americans an early 4-1 lead in the second set. Gurinder cut the deficit to one at 4-3 with a kill and India went ahead 6-5 after an American attack went long. Gurinder slammed a kill off the U.S. block lifting India to an 8-6 lead at the first TTO of the set. Ciarelli served an ace to tie the set at 8-all. Gurinder collected a kill to give India a two-point cushion again at 10-8. Jaynes and Kauliakamoa put up a block that gave the U.S. a 10-all tie. Again, India bounced back with three consecutive points to build a 13-10 lead. Team USA came to within one at 15-14. An Indian block increased its edge back to three at 21-18. Out of a U.S. timeout, India added to the lead at 23-18 with two quick points. The United States scored back-to-back points cut into the gap at 23-20. Jaynes and Bourne put up a block to inch the U.S. to 23-21, but Gurinder slammed a kill giving India set point at 24-21. A U.S. back-row attack gave India the victory at 25-21. Gurinder and Manidurai Naveen each had seven points in the second set for India.

Gurinder slammed an attack to the ground to give India an early 3-1 lead in the third set. Ciarelli scored consecutive points to tie the set at 4-all. However, Vaishnav put up a block yielding a 6-4 Indian advantage and Manidurai followed with an overpass kill. India increased its lead to 9-5. On the same play the United States' leading scorer, Ciarelli came out with an injury. On the ensuing play, Vaishnav put up a block as part of the 3-0 run. India extended its lead to six points at 13-7 on three straight points. Mistakes piled up on the U.S. side as India scored four straight to take a commanding 17-8 lead. Amberg put up a block as part of a string of three Team USA points to narrow the gap to 18-12. India picked up two quick points to take a 20-12 lead. India went on to win the match with a 25-18 victory in the third set after the U.S. saved two match points.

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2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championships
July 31-Aug. 9 in Pune, India

U.S. Men's Junior National Team Roster

Name (Position, Height, City, State, School, Region)
1. Thomas Amberg (OH, 6-7, El Cajon, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
4. Tyler Jaynes (MB, 6-9, Granite Bay, Calif., Pepperdine, No Cal)
5. Joseph Kauliakamoa (Setter, 6-5, Las Vegas, Nev., BYU, No Cal)
6. Brad Lawson (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Stanford, Aloha)
7. Erik Shoji (Libero, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Stanford, Aloha)
8. C Murphy Troy (OH, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC, Gateway)
9. Tri Bourne (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USC, Aloha)
10. Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC, So Cal)
13. Rusty Lavaja (MB, 6-7, St. Charles, Ill., BYU, Great Lakes)
17. Joseph Sunder (Opp., 6-7, Greensburg, Pa., Penn State, Keystone)
18. Nick Vogel (MB, 6-9, El Cajon, Calif., UCLA, So Cal)

Head Coach: Shawn Patchell (BYU men's head coach)
Assistant Coach: JT Wenger (UCLA men's assistant coach)
Team Manager: Tom Tait (former Penn State men's head coach)
Therapist / trainer: Giuseppe Vinci (BYU technical coordinator)
Team Doctor: Julie Chuan

Final Pool A Standings
India 2-1 5 points
USA 2-1 5 points
Belarus 2-1 5 points
Tunisia 0-3 3 points

Pool A Results
July 30

USA def. Belarus, 32-30, 21-25, 25-18, 30-28

July 31
India def. Tunisia, 25-11, 25-15, 25-13

Aug. 1
USA def. Tunisia, 21-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21
Belarus def. India, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11 

Aug. 2
Belarus def. Tunisia, 24-26, 26-24, 25-17, 25-17
India def. USA, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18