Boys' Youth Team Jumps on Japan at Worlds

Aug. 30, 2009, 8:55 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 30, 2009) – The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team used 21 points from Taylor Sander to defeat Japan on Sunday, 3- 1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22) at the FIVB Boys’ Youth (U-19) World Championship in Jesolo, Italy.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Boys’ Youth Team will not play for the gold medal. Iran defeated Serbia in the other Pool B match, meaning that Serbia (2-1) and Iran (2-1) will both advance to play for first-eighth place. The United States (2-1) and Japan (0-3) will play for ninth-16th place.

Sander (Norco, Calif.), the team’s captain, led the Boys’ Youth National Team on Sunday with 21 points on a match-high 21 kills. Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) scored 18 points on 17 kills and one block. Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawai’i) added 17 points on 16 kills and one ace.

“Japan is a real good team,” U.S. Head Coach Andy Read said. “Their offense is very different compared with ours so it has been a real learning experience for my guys. I think both teams are getting better; we played well today and that is fundamental.”

Japan’s Takashi Dekita led all scorers with 22 points on 20 kills and two blocks.

Team USA completed 72 of 137 kill attempts (52.55 percent) with 19 faults. Sander’s hitting percentage was 0.36. Dejno had a hitting percentage of 0.29.

 Japan completed 53 of 133 kill attempts (39.85 percent) with 16 faults.

The U.S. Boys’ Youth Team was also strong on serve receive with 50 excellent receptions and two faults on 84 attempts. It was led by Dejno who had 22 excellent receptions and one fault on 30 attempts (70 percent). Dejno also had 11 digs on 13 attempts with one fault.

The United States’ had six blocks while Japan had seven and Team USA finished with three aces as opposed to two for Japan.

“We definitely played better than yesterday,” Sander said. “Our passing and serving was really good. We are happy in particular because it was difficult to play after the match we lost yesterday.”

Among other U.S. scorers, Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) had 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. Spencer Rowe (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) added 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) scored five points on two kills, two blocks and one ace.
Olbright was also credited with 27 running sets on 107 attempts with three faults and with 10 digs and one fault on 11 attempts.

U.S. libero Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.) was credited with 17 excellent receptions with no faults on 34 attempts and eight digs with three faults on 11 attempts.

Read started Dejno and Sander at outside hitter, Davis and Rowe at middle blocker, Taylor at opposite, Olbright at setter and Mottram at libero. Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawai’i) and Nick Gibson (Shorewood, Wis.) played as substitutes.

In the first set, the two teams traded points until Team USA reached the first technical timeout (TTO) with an 8-7 lead, thanks to two kills from Sander plus kills by Rowe, Taylor and Davis and a block by Olbright. With the score tied 10-10, Sander gave the U.S. the lead with a kill. A Japan attack error put Team USA up by two. Japan scored on a kill, but Dejno scored twice on a kill and a block to put the U.S. Men up by three at 14-11. Japan did not let up and came back to within one point at 18-17. But Team USA went on a three-point run including two kills by Rowe and one by Taylor to lead 21-17. The United States reached set point first at 24-21 on a block by Davis; then won the set on a Taylor ace.

Japan came back in the second set, holding an 8-6 lead at the first TTO and extending it to 11-7. Team USA scored four straight points on two kills by Sander, one from Olbright and a Davis ace to tie the score at 11s. With the score tied 12-12, Japan used a three-point run to go ahead 15-12. But the U.S. Boys’ Youth Team responded by scoring the next five points, including a kill and an ace from Sander and two Japanese errors, to go ahead 17-15. However with the United States leading 19-18, Japan score3d three straight points, two on U.S. errors, to go ahead 21-19. Japan reached set point first at 24-22. The United States held it off with Sander’s kill, but Japan won the set on a kill of its own.

The United States took a 4-1 lead in the third set on kills by Davis and Sander and a kill and block by Rowe. Two more Taylor kills and one from Dejno gave it an 8-4 lead at the first TTO. Team USA maintained the four-point lead at the second TTO, 16-12. With the United States leading 21-16, Japan called timeout and scored two straight points to make it 21-19. Read called timeout, but Japan scored one more time, pulling it to within two points at 21-19. But Team USA held off the surge and reached set point first at 24-21 on Taylor’s kill. Dejno’s kill won the set at 25-21.

The two teams battled in the fourth set and Japan led at the first TTO, 8-7. The U.S. responded with kills by Dejno and Davis to take a 9-8 lead, but Japan came back with three straight points to go up 11-9. Japan maintained its lead at the second TTO, 18-16. The United States used two straight kills by Davis and Taylor to tie the score at 18s. Japan called timeout and came out with a kill to lead 19-8. But the U.S. Boys’ Youth Team scored three straight points, including kills by Sander and Taylor, to lead 21-19. Japan called timeout, but Team USA returned with another Sander kill. The U.S. Boys’ Youth Team reached match point first at 24-21 on Taylor’s eighth kill of the set. Japan scored once more before Taylor ended the match with a quick kill.

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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 B Final Standings:
Country Record (Point Ratio)
Iran 2-1 (1.151)
Serbia 2-1 (1.039)
USA 2-1 (0.941)
Japan 0-3 (0.906)

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 def. Japan, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22
Iran def. Serbia, 25-22, 25-11, 25-23