U.S. Men's Junior Team Bested by Brazil

Aug. 04, 2009, 8:09 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 4, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team lost to Brazil, 1-4 (21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25) on Tuesday at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

The U.S. Men’s Junior Team opened play in Pool F at 0-1 and fell to 2-2 overall. Brazil remains undefeated at 1-0 in the pool and 4-0 overall. Team USA will return to the court to play Cuba at noon (local time) on Wednesday.

Team USA’s Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) led the United States with 14 points on 11 kills, one block and a match-high two aces. Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) added 11 points on eight kills and three blocks. Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) scored nine points on nine kills.

“We had trouble receiving serve today,” U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell said. “Brazil was aggressive at the service line. Other than that, I thought we played well. Not too often do we get a chance to play a great team like Brazil. We are starting to play like a team after only training for a week before coming here.”

Brazil’s Mauricio Silva led all scorers with 16 points on a match-high 16 kills. Isac Santos added 15 points on 11 kills and four blocks.

Both teams had 12 blocks and the U.S. Men’s Junior Team led Brazil in aces, 2-1. However Brazil converted 48 percent of its kill attempts while Team USA converted 41.5 percent. The United States was also hurt by 32 team errors, while Brazil had 25.

“We came out slow again I am kind of disappointed about that,” U.S. team captain Troy said. “With a team like Brazil, which has few weaknesses, you just can’t afford to get behind.”

Every player on the U.S. roster played except leading scorer Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who suffered a sprained ankle during the United States’ last match against India.

Among other U.S. scorers, Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawai’i) had seven points on six kills and one block. Tom Amberg (El Cajon, Calif.) totaled six points on four kills and two blocks. Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) added four points on four blocks. Rusty Lavaja (St. Charles, Ill.) tallied four points on four kills. Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) scored three points on two kills and one block. Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) added three points on three kills.

Kauliakamoa was credited with 27 running sets on 101 attempts. Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai’i) had four digs on 12 attempts and 13 excellent receptions with no faults on 19 attempts.

Patchell started Amberg, Troy, Bourne, Lavaja, Vogel, Kauliakamoa and Shoji at libero.

Brazil bolted to an 8-3 lead in the first set, but Team USA rallied to within three at 11-8. Brazil regained a five-point cushion at 15-10. The Americans scored consecutive points to close the gap to 15-12. Trailing 14-17, USA scored three unanswered points with a Vogel ace and Kauliakamoa block to inch within one at 19-16. Brazil scored three straight with blocks to put the score at 20-17. A U.S. triple block allowed the Americans back to within two at 20-18. Brazil answered with two straight points of its own ending with a Cargnin Paese block at 22-18. Brazil won the set 25-21 after a Team USA service error.

Bourne gave the United States the lead in the second set at 4-3 and Vogel immediately followed with a kill. Team USA went in front 8-6 at the technical timeout (TTO) and increased the margin to 12-9. Brazil fought back to tie the set at 15-all. A block put the United States in front at 17-15 and a Brazil attack into the net increased the cushion to 18-15. Vogel added another block out of a Brazil timeout to put the U.S. in front 19-15. Brazil answered with two quick points to come within 19-17. Kauliakamoa and Vogel formed a block extending Team USA’s lead to 22-18. Brazil put up a block to cut the gap in half at 22-20 and scored another point out of a U.S. timeout to put the score at 22-21. Santos powered a kill for Brazil’s fourth straight point to tie the set at 22-all. Following Team USA’s second timeout, Santos scored a second straight kill and block to put Brazil in front 24-22. Santos took a quick set from the middle and scored the final point of the set at 25-23 capping a 7-1 scoring run. Santos scored seven points in the second set as Brazil put up four blocks in the period.

Vogel put up a block and combined with Kauliakamoa for another to give the U.S. a 6-4 advantage in the third set. Team USA went into the TTO leading 8-5 with a service winner from Vogel. Brazil bounced back with three consecutive points capped by a Santos slam at 8-all. Team USA went up 10-8 on a Brazil error, but the Americans returned the error to tie the set at 10-all. Brazil went into the lead at 12-11 on a wide U.S. attack. A Troy kill off the Brazil touch gave the U.S. the lead back at 13-12. Bourne spiked an attack off the Brazil block to increase the advantage to 15-13. However Tiago Wesz nailed a kill for Brazil to tie the set at 15-all. Lawson collected consecutive kills to yield a 19-17 lead for the United States. The U.S. reached set point 24-22 with a Brazil service error and Brazil followed with an errant attack at 25-22. Vogel scored four points in the set for the USA and the Americans benefited from seven Brazil errors.

Najari Carvalho earned a quick kill and block to start the fourth set giving Brazil a 2-0 lead. Vogel hammered a kill to lead the U.S. back into a tie at 4-all. Two U.S. errant attacks gave Brazil a 7-4 cushion. Brazil inched its lead up to 10-6 on a Silva kill. Troy scored a kill cutting the deficit in half to 10-8, but Brazil’s Buiatti stuffed an American attack to return the margin to three at 11-8. An American attack error led to a 15-11 Brazil lead. Wesz served an ace giving Brazil an 18-13 lead. Carvalho increased the Brazil cushion to six points at 20-14 with a kill. Brazil cruised the final points to a 25-17 victory.

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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

Pool F Schedule (All times local)

Aug. 4
Brazil def. USA, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17
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