FIVB Announces Pools for '09 Boys' Youth Worlds

May 30, 2009, 7:33 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone:  719-228-6800  

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 30, 2009) – The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team will play in Pool B with defending champion Iran, Serbia and Japan at the 2009 FIVB World Championship, Aug. 28-Sept. 6 in Jesolo and Bassana del Grappa, Italy.

Drawing of lots for the 2009 FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship was held May 28 at the Hotel Relais Monaco in Ponzano Veneto, Italy.

Six-time world champion Brazil was placed in Pool D with Russia, Poland and India. All Pool B and Pool D matches will take place in the resort city of Jesolo, Italy.

France, the bronze medalist in Tijuana & Mexicali, Mexico in 2007, was drawn into Pool C with Argentina, Spain and Algeria, while Pool A was filled with hosts Italy, Tunisia, Puerto Rico and Egypt. Pool A and Pool C matches will be played in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

The tournament kicks off with a 24-match first round, with the first- and second-placed finishers in each pool moving on to Pools E and F in the second round.
Results of the Drawing of Lots:
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

Match schedule for the preliminary round:
Aug. 28
Pool A: Tunisia vs. Puerto Rico, Italy vs. Egypt
Pool B: Japan vs. Serbia, Iran vs.   USA
Pool C: Algeria vs. Spain, Argentina vs. France
Pool D: India vs. Poland, Brazil vs. Russia,
Aug. 29
Pool A: Egypt vs. Puerto Rico, Italy vs. Tunisia
Pool B: Iran vs. Japan, USA vs. Serbia
Pool C: Argentina vs. Algeria, France vs. Spain
Pool D: Brazil vs. India, Russia vs. Poland
Aug. 30
Pool A: Tunisia vs. Egypt, Puerto Rico vs. Italy
Pool B: USA vs. Japan, Serbia vs. Iran
Pool C: France vs. Algeria, Spain vs. Argentina
Pool D: Russia vs. India, Poland vs. Brazil