Cuba Defeats U.S. Men's Junior Team at Worlds

Aug. 05, 2009, 5:06 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 5, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team had trouble with an old foe on Wednesday as it fell to NORCECA champion Cuba, 0-3 (23-25, 23-25, 23-25) at the FIVB Men’s Junior (U-21) World Championships at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

The loss drops Team USA’s record in Pool F to 0-2 and overall to 2-3. It will play its final second-round pool play match on Thursday at noon local time against Iran. The top two teams from pools E and F will advance to the semifinals, while the third- and fourth-place teams fall into the 5-8 classification matches.

Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) led the U.S. Men’s Junior Team with 14 points on nine kills, four blocks and one ace. Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added 12 points on eight kills, two blocks and two aces. Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) contributed eight points on eight kills.

“Congratulations to Cuba. They are the NORCECA champions and I wish them luck to advance to the semifinals,” U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell said. “I was somewhat frustrated with the match, but we battled and fought hard. We just gave up too many points in scoring runs. Cuba served aggressively, and we had problems siding out.”

Wilfredo Leon Venero led Cuba with 21 points on 18 kills and three blocks. Fernando Hernandez Ramos added 20 points on 17 kills and three aces.

Cuba edged Team USA in every category. Cuba out-killed the U.S. 44-37, out-blocked it 11-10 and picked up four aces to the United States’ three. The United States took advantage of 19 Cuban team errors while committing 16.

Among other U.S. scorers, Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) had six points on four kills and two blocks. Rusty Lavaja (St. Charles, Ill.) added four points on four kills. Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) scored two points on two kills while Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawai’i) each scored two points on one kill and one block.

Kauliakamoa was credited with 31 running sets on 69 attempts. Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawai'i) had nine digs and four faults on 17 attempts and 13 excellent receptions with two faults on 21 attempts. Bourne was credited with 17 excellent receptions and two faults on 21 attempts.

Patchell started Troy, Bourne and Lawson at outside hitter, Vogel and Jaynes at middle blocker, Kauliakamoa at setter and Shoji at libero. Ciarelli substituted in the first set and started the second and third. Lavaja substituted in the second set and started the third. Tom Amberg (El Cajon, Calif.) also played as a substitute.

The U.S. scored the first two points of the opening set, but Cuba came back to take the lead at 5-2 on consecutive blocks from Osmel Camejo Durruthi and three kills from Hernandez Ramos. A Team USA attack error increased Cuba’s advantage to 7-3. Troy served off the net and Cuba could not control it, closing the U.S. to 7-5. Team USA reached within one at 9-8 after Cuba misfired on attack, but USA gave the point back with a back-row attack error at 11-8. Cuba extended its lead to 15-10 with another Team USA attack error and tip shot over the block by Leon Venero. The United States scored consecutive points after a Jaynes spike and Lawson block at 15-12. Hernandez Ramos rifled an ace out of the second technical timeout (TTO) yielding a 17-12 Cuba lead. Bourne scored on consecutive kills at 20-17, pulling the United States within three. Ciarelli scored on back-to-back kills closing the U.S. deficit to 21-19 and forcing a Cuba timeout. Leon Venero and Hernandez Ramos connected for consecutive spikes to reach set point at 24-20. Team USA saved two set points after a Cuba error at 24-22. Vogel and Ciarelli added a combined block at 24-23 to save Team USA’s third straight set point at 24-23. But a kill from Cuba ended the set at 25-23. Hernandez Ramos turned in 11 points for Cuba in the opening set, while teammate Leon Venero added seven. Team USA had six different players score three or two points and the squad took benefited from nine Cuban errors for its 23 points.

The teams traded points early in the second set until Isbel Mesa Sandobal took an overpass for a spike and put down a block as part of a 3-0 run going into the first TTO leading 8-5. Leon Venero and Mesa Sandobal took consecutive poor service receptions for overpass kills at 11-6 forcing a Team USA timeout. Bourne and Ciarelli smashed kills, helping Team USA to within two at 11-9. Vogel added a fourth straight point with a kill, causing Cuba to call a timeout with a slim 11-10 margin. Team USA completed the comeback with a block at 11-all, then Ciarelli aced Cuba twice in a row to give the Americans a 13-11 lead. Hernandez Ramos served an ace off the net to tie the score at 14-all. Camejo Durruthi turned in a block giving Cuba the advantage back at 15-14. Hernandez Ramos served an ace to put his team into the second TTO up 16-14. Out of the break, Camejo Durruthi took a quick set and was part of a triple block yielding an 18-14 advantage on the 5-0 run. Bourne served an ace narrowing the deficit to 19-17, and Ciarelli won a joust at the net putting the score at 19-18. Cuba sent an attack long tying the set at 19-all. Cuba reached set point by trading points to 24-23. Leonardo Leyva Martinez and Rolando Cepeda Abreu formed a block for the winning point at 25-23. Leon Venero compiled seven points in the second set for Cuba, matching the seven points of Team USA’s Ciarelli.

Bourne took a back-row spike after a Ciarelli kill to give Team USA a 2-0 lead to start the third set. Bourne combined with Vogel for a block and added a tipped spike for a point pushing the United States in front 7-4. Bourne and Lavaja combined for a block out of the TTO and Cuba committed an error increasing the American lead to 10-5. Cuba scored three back-to-back points, including a smash from Hernandez Ramos, to cut the score to 10-8. A Cepeda Abreu kill tied the set at 13-all. Bourne formed a block with Vogel and followed with a solo block giving Team USA a 16-13 advantage at the second TTO. Cuba closed to one at 16-15 after a U.S. error. Kauliakamoa stuffed a Cuba attack to give Team USA its three-point cushion back at 18-15. However, Cuba’s Leandro Macias Infante served an ace and Team USA hit wide of the antenna to tie the set back at 18-all. A back-row U.S. attack error and Mesa Sandobal block gave Cuba a 20-18 lead. Team USA tied the score at 20-all with a Troy kill, then went ahead by Cuba not controlling a U.S. attack. Cuba went ahead 23-22 on an attack the United States could not control, then Leon Venero scored a kill giving Cuba match point at 24-22. Leon Venero won the match point winner at 25-23.

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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
Cuba def. Iran, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22
Aug. 5
Cuba def. USA, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23
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