COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 27, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Team opened play at the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 sweep over Honduras on Monday evening at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill.) posted a match-high 13 points at outside and served lights out for the United States in its pool-play opener to give Team USA the edge needed to control the entire match. Petty’s points came from a match-high five service aces, six kills and two blocks.
“I had been working on my serving for the past few weeks at training,” Petty said. “I was trying to find a rhythm and attack when the toss was there.
U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team Head coach Peter Hanson started Petty and D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif) at outside, team captain Micah Christenson (Honolulu) at setter, Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) and Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif) at middle blocker, Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) at opposite and Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif,) at libero.
“We would like to congratulate the Honduras team,” United States head coach Peter Hanson said. “Honduras played with great energy. On our side we were focused and were able to get all 12 players into the match.”
Tarantino posted five kills on six attacks, two blocks and a service ace in the first two sets, contributing eight points to the U.S. ledger. James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) subbed in the second set and started the third, posting eight points off of five kills on nine attempts, two service aces and a block. Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.), also subbing in the second set and starting the third, recorded six points off of a team-high six kills on nine attacks.
Olsen started all three sets and posted four kills and two blocks for six points. White contributed six points with three kills, two blocks and one service ace. West and Patch both started the first and second set and posted three points off of two service aces and a block from West and two kills and a block from Patch. Christenson provided three points with two kills and an ace.
Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn.) subbed in all three sets at outside and posted two points off of one kill and one service ace while middle blocker, Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) started the third set and delivered two kills for two points.
Behind Christenson's and West's setting, Team USA converted 36 of 64 attacks for a 56.3 kill percent and .375 hitting efficiency (36-12-64). The U.S. posted 39 kills to Honduras’ 13 and out blocked 11-5. Team USA delivered 13 unanswered service aces. Honduras converted just 22.4 percent of its attacks with a negative .069 hitting efficiency (13-17-58).
“Coming into the match, we knew Honduras was an athletic team that had the potential to hit hard,” United States captain Micah Christenson said. “We wanted to concentrate on our side of the net, working on our block and refining our game.”
“We were working on keeping the ball on our side,” Petty said. “We wanted to limit our errors on defense and keep the momentum.”
Team USA will face St. Vincent (0-1) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. MST to continue in Pool A action.
Team USA began the first set with an 8-2 lead before the first technical timeout. White attacked from the outside for the first U.S. point. Patch and Tarantino teamed up for a double block followed by a hitting error by Petty, giving Honduras its first point at 4-1. Honduras gave up two points with a service error followed by a long attack. Tarantino delivered a one-and-done rocket to bring the U.S. to 6-1 and forced a Honduras timeout. Coming back from the timeout Honduras posted a kill from the outside only to be answered by a U.S. double block from Petty and Olsen. Tarantino delivered a service ace followed by a service error to bring the score 10-3. Christenson and Olsen paired for a double block to bring the team to 12-4. A U.S. service error followed by a Honduras service error cancelled each other out for a 13-5 set score. Patch used a big swing on the right side for a kill at 14-5. The U.S. went on a 4-1 run stopped by a moment of miscommunication to bring the score to 18-6. Tarantino tried to capitalize on his team-high kill percentage but shot too far. Honduras followed with a kill at 21-11 only to be answered with a Petty attack down the line for a kill. Honduras gave the U.S. a 23-11 lead with a hitting error. Christenson delivered a kill to give the U.S. its first set-point of the match, 24-12. Petty stepped to the line to serve and delivered an unstoppable serve for an ace and the set. The U.S. took the first set with a final score of 25-12 over Honduras.
The second set began with the same U.S. starters as the first and again, Team USA took control early in the set with an 8-1 run over Honduras. Olson and Patch charted back-to-back kills followed by an ace from Petty for a 4-0 start. White and Tarantino posted a double block to give the U.S. an 8-1 lead. Honduras answered with a kill and White’s attack went long at 8-3. Christenson built on momentum with a kill followed by a service ace to give the U.S. a 10-3 lead. Tarantino posted his sixth kill at 11-4 followed by back-to-back kills from Petty, 14-5. Honduras earned three-straight points off of U.S. errors to bring the set to 14-8. The U.S. responded with three-straight itself to bring the set to 17-8. Petty delivered two service aces at 19-9 but was stopped by an error at 19-10. Honduras gave the ball back the U.S. with an error at 19-11. Tarantino and West shut the attack down with a double block at 21-11 followed by a Honduras error. Henchy posted a kill to take the U.S. to set-point at 24-12. Shaw closed out the set with a kill giving the U.S. a final score of 25-12.
Hanson started the third set with Guessous and Olsen at middle, Hentchy and Petty at outside, Shaw at opposite, West at setter and Ensbury remained at Libero. Honduras opened the third set with a kill and kept the lead from a U.S. until 3-1. Shaw delivered a kill down the line to tie the set up at 3-3. Henchy maintained the momentum with a quick over-pass for a kill at 4-3. Shaw posted a stuff-block followed by a kill off the pass from West to take the U.S. to a 6-4 lead. Petty took a big swing on the outside followed by back-to-back kills from Henchy to give the U.S. a 10-6 lead. The U.S. used a Shaw kill, Henchy block and back-to-back petty aces for a 4-0 run. Petty’s third serve hit the net at 14-8 but the U.S. bounced back quickly with a kill from Guessous at 16-8. The timeout iced Olsen, forcing a service error at 16-9. Shaw went on a three-point killing spree to bring the U.S. to 19-11. Honduras delivered a bullet to Shaw who couldn’t handle the attack giving Honduras a point at 22-14.The U.S. regained control and Rhein posted a service ace at 24-14 followed by a Honduras kill took the set to 24-16. Honduras served into the net giving the U.S. set and match at 25-16.
2012 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team
# - Name (Position, Hometown, Grad Year, Club, Region, College Status)
3 - Micah Christenson (S, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2011, Outrigger Canoe Club, Aloha, University of Southern California)
4 - Tony Ensbury (L, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 2011, SCVC, Southern California, Princeton University)
5 - Driss Guessous (MB, Pasadena, Calif., 2012, Manhattan Beach Surf, Southern California Signed at Ohio State)
6 - Michael Henchy (OH, Ventura, Calif., 2011, Spectrum VBC, Southern California, Ohio State)
8 - Nick Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., 2012, West Allis Lightning, Badger, Signed at University of Chicago-Loyola)
9 - Ben Patch (Opp, Provo, Utah, 2012, Utah Elite, Intermountain, Signed at Brigham Young University)
10 - Greg Petty (OH, Downers Grove, Ill., 2011, Sports Performance, Great Lakes, Lewis University
11 - Scott Rhein (OH, Pleasant View, Tenn., 2011, Impact Volleyball Club, Southern, Pepperdine)
14 - James Shaw (S/Opp, Woodside, Calif., 2012, Mountain View Volleyball Club, Northern California, Signed at Stanford)
16 - Matt Tarantino (Opp, Van Nuys, Calif., 2011, Santa Monica Beach Club, Southern California, Pepperdine)
17 - Matt West (S, Seattle, Wash., 2011, Space Needle Volleyball Foundation, Puget Sound Region, Pepperdine)
18 - DJ White (L/OH, Hermosa Beach, Calif., 2011, Manhattan Beach Surf, Southern California, Harvard)
Head Coach: Peter Hanson
Assistant Coach: Jonah Carson
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack
Statistician: Jake Schick
Team Leader: Collin Powers
2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship Schedule
Aug. 27: Mexico def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-7, 25-10, 25-15 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 27: United States def. Honduras 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Mexico def. Honduras 25-15, 26-24, 25-14 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: United States def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Honduras def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-17, 25-11, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: United States def. Mexico 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 27: Puerto Rico def. Curacao, 27-25, 25-13, 25-23 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 27: Canada def. Guatemala 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Canada def. Curacao 25-13, 25-7, 25-22 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Puerto Rico def. Guatemala 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Guatemala def. Curacao 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-15, 28-30, 25-12 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 30: Puerto Rico def. Honduras 25-16, 25-16, 25-11 (Match 13) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 30: Mexico def. Guatemala 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 31: Guatemala def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 31: Honduras def. Curacao 25-27, 25-19, 27-25, 25-19 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs. Curacao, 11:00 a.m. (7th Place) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Guatemala vs. Honduras, 1:00 p.m. (5th Place) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico 3:00 p.m. (Bronze) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Canada vs. United States, 5:30 p.m. (Gold) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)