Men's Junior Team Finishes Eighth at Worlds

Aug. 09, 2009, 4:49 a.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 9, 2009) -The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team ended the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championships on a down note, losing to Iran 1-3 (25-22, 17-25, 12-25, 18-25) on Sunday at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India. The loss gives the U.S. a 2-6 final record, good for eighth place overall in the tournament.

“Iran served very well and took us out of the match,” U.S. head coach Shawn Patchell said. “We just did not get into our offense. When we were able to run the middle, we did well.”

Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) led Team USA with 16 points on 16 kills. Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added 13 points on 14 kills. Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) finished with nine points thanks to eight kills and one ace, while Rusty Lavaja (Charles, Ill.) chipped in eight points on five kills and three blocks. Joe Kauliakamoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) had three points on one kill and two blocks. Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) added three points on two kills and one block. Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif.) contributed one kill and one block for two points. Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawai’i) added two points on two kills while Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawai’i) finished with one kill.

Iran’s Arash Kamalvand led all scorers with 17 points thanks to nine kills, one block and seven aces.

Iran dominated the U.S. in several statistical categories, finishing with twelve blocks and ten aces compared to seven blocks and one ace by the U.S. Iran also scored on 36 U.S. errors while committing only 15. However the two teams finished with a similar percentage of successful kill attempts with the United States hitting 43.75 and Iran hitting 45.35.

Kauliakamoa was credited with 32 running sets and zero faults on 93 total attempts. Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Haiwai'i) was credited with six digs and five faults on 20 total attempts and with ten excellent receptions and four faults on 17 attempts. Ciarellie was credited with 14 excellent receptions and five faults on 30 attempts.

Team USA gained a two-point edge at 4-2 in the opening set after a Kauliakamoa setter spike. Team USA went into the first technical timeout leading 8-5 after Iran was called for a back-row attack violation. Salafzoon served a winner that the U.S. lifted the reception at 8-7 as Iran scored the first two points out of the break. Iran tied the set at 12-all on a Kamalvand ace, then he followed with an ace to give Iran its first advantage at 13-12. Ciarelli scored consecutive spikes to yield a 14-13 Team USA advantage. Iran’s Ghaemi netted an ace and the U.S. was called for an attack error to give Iran an 18-16 lead. Iran extended its advantage to 21-18 after a Team USA attack went long. Ciarelli closed the gap to 21-20 with a spike, then Vogel tied the set at 21-all with a quick spike. Vogel and Kauliakamoa combined for a block to give the United States a 22-21 advantage, then Iran hit long to extend the scoring run to five points and the score to 23-21. Another hitting error by Iran gave Team USA set points at 24-21. Lawson ended the set with a spike at 25-22. Ciarelli notched eight points for the U.S. in the opening set, while Troy added five points. Kamalvand paced Iran with five opening set points.

Kamalvand slammed down a block to produce an early 3-1 Iran advantage in the second set. Ciarelli tallied a blocking bringing the U.S. even at 4-all. Kamalvand served consecutive aces increasing Iran’s margin to three at 8-5. Team USA scored the first two points out of the technical timeout to decrease the lead to 8-7. Iran took a four-point cushion at 12-8 after U.S. errors. Out of a  Team USA timeout, Safaei and Ghaemi added to the run spikes at 14-8. The U.S. had back-to-back errors to give Iran a 16-8 lead as part of a 7-0 scoring spurt. A combined Iran block out of the break increased its lead to 17-8. Vogel nailed an ace to cut the deficit to 17-10. A triple block off the hands of Sunder cut the score to 17-11. An Iran attack that sailed long whittled its advantage down to 20-15. Kamalvand’s fifth ace of the match increased Iran’s lead back to seven points at 22-15. Ghaemi scored the set winner with a spike at 25-17. Kamalvand tallied four points for Iran in the second set, while Team USA gave away eight points on its own errors.

Iran earned the first two-point separation of the third set at 4-2 after a U.S. hitting error. Kamalvand set an ace lifting Iran in front 7-4, and the United States attacked into the net giving Iran an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout. Out of the break Kamalvand served his seventh ace and Iran placed a spike to extend the Iran advantage to 10-4. The lead shifted to seven at 13-7 promptly a Team USA timeout. Ghaemi put up two blocks and the U.S. had a back-row attack error to place the score at 16-6. From the second technical timeout, Iran remained in control the rest of the set for a 25-12 victory. Ghaemi scored five points for Iran in the third set. Iran tallied five aces in the frame and benefited from nine Team USA errors.

Two U.S. attack errors lifted Iran to a 3-0 start to the fourth set. Iran increased its lead to 6-1 with a Kamalvand spike and U.S. error. Team USA was called for another error out of a timeout to push Iran’s advantage to 7-1. Lavaja was credited with a block slicing the gap to 7-3. Lavaja spiked an overpass to narrow the deficit to 8-5. Dejara scored a block and Team USA hit long putting Iran back up by six at 12-6. Iran went into the second technical timeout with a 16-9 margin. Iran expanded the advantage to 17-9 with a spike out of the break. The United States closed the gap down to 18-14 with a 5-1 scoring run. Lavaja added a block to move the U.S. to within three at 18-15. Iran scored consecutive points including a block from Dejara to increase its lead to 21-16. Kamalvand served a winner extending the gap to 22-16. Iran went on to win 25-18.

The match marked the second time in four days that the United States lost to Iran. The teams squared off on Thursday, Aug. 6 in a second round pool play match which Iran won 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 15-10).

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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 Round - Places 5-8
Aug. 8
Russia def. USA, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18
Belarus def. Iran, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18

Final Pool F Standings
Brazil 3-0 6 points
Cuba 2-1 5 points
Iran 1-2 4 points
USA 0-3 3 points

Pool F Results
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
Brazil def. Iran, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18
Aug. 6
Iran def. USA, 23-25 25-21 25-18 20-25 15-10
Brazil def. Cuba, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22

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