COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 22, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) opened play at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under-21 World Championship with a 3-1 (25-11, 25-18, 27-29, 25-14) win over Rwanda in Pool C, on Thursday in Izmir, Turkey.
The United States (1-0) will play Serbia on Friday, Aug. 23, at noon EDT. Live streaming can be found here.
The MJNT converted 63.41 percent of its attacks for points while limiting Rwanda to only 39.08 percent. Though Rwanda had 29 errors to the United States’ 30, the U.S. had the advantage in kills (52-34), blocks (10-4) and aces (10-5).
"I want to congratulate Rwanda for their good game,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said in an FIVB press conference. “We were very emotional and had ups and downs during the game. I believe that we played good volleyball, but we have a lack of training. That’s why we made some mistakes. We will improve as the tournament progresses."
Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) led all players in scoring with 19 points on 14 kills, four blocks and one ace in addition to seven excellent receptions. Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) scored 15 points on 12 kills, one block and two aces. Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) added 14 points on nine kills, one block and a match high four aces.
Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) and Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) each chipped in six points on five kills and one block. Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) contributed three points on three kills in addition to two excellent receptions. Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) added three points on three kills, and Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) scored four points on one kill, two blocks and one ace, in addition to 24 running sets. James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) contributed two points on two aces. Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed three digs and three excellent receptions.
The U.S. used strong serving to its advantage in the first set, cruising to a 25-11 win. Rwanda improved its reception in the second set, but strong performances by Jaeschke and Patch allowed the U.S. to take the second set as well, 25-18. In the third set, Rwanda put forth an impressive effort behind captain Aimable Mutuyimana (16 points on 14 kills, one block and one ace) to eke out a hard-fought 29-27 victory. However, the U.S. was back on top of its game in the fourth set, winning easily, 25-14 to take the match.
Hanson started Gregory and Guessous at middle blocker, Patch at opposite, Russell and Jaeschke at outside hitter and West at setter with Ensbury at libero. Olson started the second and third sets. Henchy came off the bench in the third set and started the fourth. Shaw was subbed in each set, while Kyle Russell (Loomis, Calif.) subbed in the third and D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) subbed in the third and fourth.
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2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Name (Position, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
2 - Taylor Gregory (MB, Saugus, Calif., Long Beach State University, SCVA)
4 - Tony Ensbury (L, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Princeton University, SCVA)
5 - Driss Guessous (MB, Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
6 - Michael Henchy (OH, Ventura, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
8 - Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., Loyola University, Chicago, Badger)
9 - Ben Patch (Opp, Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, Intermountain)
12 - Aaron Russell (OH, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State University, Chesapeake)
14 - James Shaw (S, Woodside, Calif., Stanford University, NCVA)
15 - Kyle Russell (OH, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine, NCVA)
16 - Tom Jaeschke (OH, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola University, Chicago, Great Lakes)
17 - Matt West (S, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine University, Puget Sound)
18 - D.J. White (OH, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Harvard University, SCVA)
1 - Brennan Anderson (L, Newport Beach, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
10 - Greg Petty (OH, Downers Grove, Ill., Lewis University, Great Lakes)
20 - Bobby Walsh (MB, Chicago, Ill., Lewis University, Great Lakes)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson (Ohio State University)
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron (Ohio State University)
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack (Penn State University)
Technical Assistant: Jacob Schick
Team Manager: Collin Powers (USA Volleyball)
Head of Delegation: Tom Tait
2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship Pool Play Schedule (all times listed are local)
Pool A (at Ankara, Turkey – Baskent Volleyball Hall)
Aug. 22: China def. Morocco, 3-1
Aug. 22: Turkey def. India, 3-0
Aug. 23: Egypt vs. China, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 23: Morocco vs. Turkey, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: India vs. Morocco, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: Turkey vs. Egypt, 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: Egypt vs. India, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: China vs. Turkey, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: India vs. China, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Morocco vs. Egypt, 2:30 p.m.
Pool B (at Ankara, Turkey – Baskent Volleyball Hall)
Aug. 22: Iran def. Estonia, 3-1
Aug. 22: Japan def. Mexico, 3-1
Aug. 23: Estonia vs. Japan, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 23: Argentina vs. Iran, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Japan vs. Argentina, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Mexico vs. Estonia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: Argentina vs. Mexico, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: Iran vs. Japan, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Mexico vs. Iran, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Estonia vs. Argentina, 7:30 p.m.
Pool C (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: United States def. Rwanda, 3-1
Aug. 22: Canada def. Tunisia, 3-1
Aug. 23: Rwanda vs. Tunisia, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 23: Serbia vs. United States, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Tunisia vs. Serbia, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Canada vs. Rwanda, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Serbia vs. Canada, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: United States vs. Tunisia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Canada vs. United States, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Rwanda vs. Serbia, 2:30 p.m.
Pool D (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: Brazil def. Italy, 3-0
Aug. 22: France def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 23: Italy vs. France, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 23: Russia vs. Brazil, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: France vs. Russia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Venezuela vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Russia vs. Venezuela, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Brazil vs. France, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: Venezuela vs. Brazil, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Italy vs. Russia, 7:30 p.m.
Round Robin 17th-20th (Aug. 29-31)
The fifth-ranked teams after the first round will play a round robin to determine the classification 17th-20th.
Semifinals and Playoffs (Aug. 30-31)
The semifinals and playoffs rounds consist of a total of eight matches: two semifinal matches for the rankings 1-4, two matches for the classification 5-8, two matches for the classification 9-12 and two matches for the classification 13-16.
Finals and Playoffs (Sept. 1)
The finals and playoffs consist of a total of eight matches: the winners of the semifinals will play the final, 1st-2nd position. The losers of the semifinals will play for the 3rd and 4th rank position. The winners of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 5th-6th position and the losers of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 7th-8th position. The winners of the playoff 9-12 will play for the 9th-10th position and the losers of the playoff 9-12 will play for the 11th-12th position. The winners of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 13th-14th position and the losers of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 15th-16th position.