U.S. Boys' Youth Team Stumbles Against Serbia

Aug. 29, 2009, 8:54 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 29, 2009) – A day after upsetting defending champion Iran the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team ran into a stumbling block called Serbia and fell, 0-3 (17-25, 18-25, 18-25) in its second pool play match at the FIVB Boys’ Youth (U-19) World Championship on Saturday in Jesolo, Italy.

Team USA (1-1) will play Japan (0-2) on Sunday at 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. PT) in its second pool play match. Serbia (2-0) will face Iran (1-1). The top two teams from each of the four pools will advance to the gold medal pool to play for places one-eight. The third- and fourth-place teams from each will play in a consolation pool to determine places nine-16.

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team was led on Saturday by Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.),  who had seven points on seven kills, and Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif.), who had seven points on six kills and one block. Spencer Rowe (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) added six points on six kills.

Serbia’s Uros Kovacevic led all scorers with 19 points on a match-high 16 kills, two blocks and one ace.

“The Serbian team definitely did it better,” U.S. Head Coach Andy Read said. “They were really good, in particular at serving. I have to give my congratulations to them. My guys were able to compete at the same level just at some time during the match, but the Serbians were generally stronger. We could not find the right rhythm.”

The U.S. Boys’ Youth Team completed 33 of 82 kill attempts with 24 errors while Serbia completed 39 of 73 with eight errors. Serbia out-blocked the U.S. team 8-4 and had three aces while Team USA had one.

Among other U.S. scorers, Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawai’i) scored five points on four kills and one block. Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif.) scored five points on five kills. Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) scored three points on three kills. Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawai’i) scored three points on three kills. Micah Christenson (Honolulu, Hawai’i) scored two points on one kill and the United States’ only ace.

Christenson was credited with six running sets and one fault on 72 attempts. He was also credited with five digs and no faults on six attempts. Libero Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.) was credited with 10 excellent receptions and one fault on 26 attempts.

Read started Sander and Dejno at outside hitter, Rowe and Davis at middle blocker, Taylor at opposite, Christenson at setter and Mottram at libero. Torres started the second set at opposite before Taylor returned in the third. Crabb started the third set at outside hitter for Dejno. Connor Olbright and Nick Gibson played as substitutes.

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The event web site is at www.fivb.org/EN/Volleyball/Competitions/Youth/men/2009/.

FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship
Aug. 28-Sept. 6 in Jesolo and Bassano del Grappa, Italy

No Name (Position, Hometown, Region, Club)
2 Micah Christenson (S, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Aloha, Outrigger Canoe VC)
3 Tanner Clayton (MB, San Diego, Calif., Southern California, Epic VC)
4 Taylor Crabb (OH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Aloha, Outrigger Canoe VC)
6 Dylan Davis (MB, Corona del Mar, Calif., So Cal, Balboa Bay VC)
7 Jeremy Dejno (OH, New Berlin, Wis., Badger, Lightning VC)
10 Nick Gibson (OH, Shorewood, Wis., Badger, North Shore Milwaukee VC)
12 Evan Mottram (L, Leona Valley, Calif., So Cal, Pacific Palisades VC)
14 Connor Olbright (S, Orange, Calif., So Cal, Balboa Bay VC)
15 Spencer Rowe (MB, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., So Cal, OCVC)
16 C Taylor Sander (OH, Norco, Calif., So Cal, Orange Coast VC)
18 Joshua Taylor (Opp/OH, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Aloha, Ku’ikahi VC)
19 Maurice Torres (Opp/OH, Riverside, Calif., So Cal, OC Riptides)

Head Coach: Andy Read (Long Beach State University)
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron (Ohio State University)
Team Leader/Manager: Ken Preston (former head coach at UC Santa Barbara)
Doctor: David Dyck Jr.
Therapist/Trainer: Daniel Friend (Lewis University)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Birch (Penn State University)

Pool A: Italy, Tunisia, Puerto Rico, Egypt
Pool B: Iran, USA, Serbia, Japan
Pool C: Argentina, France, Spain, Algeria
Pool D: Brazil, Russia Poland, India

Pool B Match Schedule and Results
All matches in Jesolo
Aug. 28
Serbia def. Japan, 20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13
USA def. Iran, 25-20, 13-25, 25-22, 25-23
Aug. 29
Iran def. Japan, 25-20, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18
Serbia def. USA, 17-25, 18-25, 18-25
Aug. 30
USA vs. Japan (10 a.m. local; 1 a.m. PT)
Iran vs. Serbia (12:30 p.m. local; 3:30 a.m. PT)