FIVB Announces Pools for Men's Junior World Championship

June 18, 2009, 1:08 p.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team will play in Pool A with host India, Tunisia and Belarus at the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship on July 31-Aug. 9 in Pune, India.

The FIVB held the drawing of lots for the World Championship on June 18 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Defending champion Brazil was drawn into Pool D, which includes Poland, Canada and 2007 runner-up Russia. Pool B consists of 2007 bronze medalist Iran, along with China, Egypt and Belgium. Pool C features Greece, Cuba, Argentina and France.

The tournament begins with a 24-match first round, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to Pools E and F in the second round.

Results of the Drawing of Lots:

Pool A: Tunisia, United States, Belarus and India
Pool B: Iran, China, Egypt and Belgium
Pool C: Greece, Cuba, Argentina and France
Pool D: Russia, Poland, Canada and Brazil

Match schedule for the preliminary round:

July 31
Pool A: Tunisia vs. India, USA vs. Belarus
Pool B: Iran vs. Belgium, China vs. Egypt
Pool C: Greece vs. France, Cuba vs. Argentina
Pool D: Russia vs. Brazil, Poland vs. Canada

Aug. 1
Pool A: India vs. Belarus, Tunisia vs. USA
Pool B: Belgium vs. Egypt, Iran vs. China
Pool C: France vs. Argentina, Greece vs. Cuba
Pool D: Brazil vs. Canada, Russia vs. Poland

Aug. 2
Pool A: USA vs. India, Belarus vs. Tunisia
Pool B: China vs. Belgium, Egypt vs. Iran
Pool C: Cuba vs. France, Argentina vs. Greece
Pool D: Poland vs. Brazil, Canada vs. Russia