Men's Junior Team Faces Brazil Next

Aug. 03, 2009, 5:15 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team begins its second round of pool play on Tuesday when it will play Brazil at 2 p.m. local time (1:30 a.m. PT) in Pool F.

Pool E includes Pool A winner India, Pool C winner Argentina, Pool B runner-up Belgium and Pool D runner-up Russia. Pool F consists of Pool B winner Iran, Pool D winner Brazil, Pool A runner-up United States and Pool C runner-up Cuba.

On Wednesday, the United States will play Cuba at noon local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 2) and on Thursday it will face Iran at noon local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 3).

The U.S. Men’s Junior Team finished second in Pool A after finishing 2-1. Although India and Belarus also had records of 2-1, the United States won the FIVB tiebreaker, which is point ratio, by two-thousandths of a point over Belarus - 1.039 to 1.037. India won the pool with a point ratio of 2.667.

All Pool E and F matches will be played at the Badminton Hall in the Balewadi Sports Complex. The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round on Aug. 8 with the championship following on Aug. 9. The bottom two teams in Pool E and F final standings will fall into the 5-8 classification matches in the third round.

Several U.S. players are among the individual leaders at the championships.

Tony Ciarelli, who had to leave Team USA’s match against India with a sprained ankle, is the United States’ leading scorer with 49 points on 40 kills, six blocks and three aces and is the third overall. Joe Sunder (Greenburg, Pa.) is the team’s second-leading scorer and 20th overall with 38 points on 31 kills, six blocks and one ace.

Nick Vogel is the United States’ leading blocker and seventh overall with 10 blocks for an average of 0.91 per set. Brazil’s Renan Buiatti leads all blockers with an average of 1.5 per set.

Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) is the United States’ leading server with three aces for an average of 0.27 aces per set. He is the 10th-best server overall. Kauliakamoa is also 11th among all setters with 65 running sets on 270 attempts for an average of 5.91 per set.

Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai’i) is Team USA’s best digger and fifth overall with 23 digs on 68 attempts and an average of 2.09 digs per set.

Live scoring, photos and other information are available on the FIVB web site by clicking here.

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

Pool F Schedule (All times local)
Aug. 4
2 p.m.: USA vs. Brazil
4 p.m.: Iran vs. Cuba

Aug. 5
noon: USA vs. Cuba
4 p.m.: Iran vs. Brazil

Aug. 6
noon: Iran vs. USA
4 p.m.: Brazil vs. Cuba

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