U.S. Boys' Youth Team Begins Phase 2

Aug. 31, 2009, 6:28 p.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. 31, 2009) – The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team will begin the second phase of the 2009 FIVB Boys’ Youth (U1-19) World Championship as a member of Pool H and playing in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

The U.S. Boys’ Youth Team is now playing for ninth place after finishing third in Pool B. Iran, Serbia and the United States all finished with 2-1 records, but the U.S. team was third due to its point differential (“points scored” divided by “points against”).

The U.S. Boys’ Youth Team will open the second phase of play on Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. PT) against Algeria. It will play Egypt at 12:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. PT) on Wednesday and Brazil at 10 a.m. local (1 a.m. PT) on Thursday. 

Several U.S. players rank among the individual leaders after their first three matches.

Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) is leading all spikers with a success percentage of 57.89. Dejno has 33 kills and eight faults on 57 attempts. Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawai’i) is second among U.S. players and eighth overall with 28 kills and nine errors on 59 attempts for a success percentage of 47.46 percent.

Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.) leads the U.S. players and is sixth overall in scoring with 49 points on 46 kills, two blocks and one ace.

Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) is 10th among setters with 30 running sets and three faults on 123 attempts for an average of 2.73 running sets per set. Micah Christenson (Honolulu, Hawai’i) is just behind Davis in 11th overall with 29 running sets and five faults on 171 attempts for an average of 2.64 running sets per set.

Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.) is 13th among all receivers with 50 excellent receptions and four faults on 104 attempts for an efficiency percentage of 44.23.

Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif.) is the leading U.S. blocker and 16th overall with eight blocks on 11 attempts for an average of 0.73 blocks per set.

Read Ken Preston’s “Blogging from the Boot.”

View Ken Preston’s photo gallery.

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 H Schedule (All times local) and Results
All matches in Bassano del Grappa
Sept. 1
USA vs. Algeria, 10 a.m.
Egypt vs. Brazil, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 2
Algeria vs. Brazil, 10 a.m.
USA vs. Egypt, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 3
Brazil vs. USA, 10 a.m.
Egypt vs. Algeria, 12:30 p.m.

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