COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 31, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) fell to Serbia 3-1 (26-24, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24) in the teams’ second matchup at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under-21 World Championship on Saturday.
The United States drops to 3-4 and will next face Canada for 11th place on Sunday (Sept. 1) at 9 a.m. EDT. Live streaming can be found here.
The MJNT converted 41.90 percent of its attacks to points, while Serbia converted 41.13 percent. The teams were tied in aces (6) and errors (28), and the MJNT led in blocks (17-11).
"Our players are getting closer and closer to really understanding about the game and how it is played; the momentum shifts and how they have to play at the end of the game." U.S. Head Coach Pete Hanson said in an FIVB press release. "When they fully understand that, we will be a very good team. We are at the end of the tournament so we are clearly running out of time."
Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) led all players in scoring with 26 points on 21 kills, four blocks and one ace, in addition to four digs. Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) scored 11 points on six kills and five blocks. Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) added eight points on seven kills and one block along with three digs and five excellent receptions. Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) contributed eight points on six kills and two blocks plus five digs and 13 excellent receptions. Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) scored eight points on two kills, two blocks and four aces, in addition to two digs.
Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) added three points on two kills and one block, along with three digs and two excellent receptions. Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) chipped in three points on two blocks and one ace plus a team-leading six digs and 26 running sets. Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed four digs and a team-high 15 excellent receptions. D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) added two excellent receptions.
The first set was close, with the MJNT maintaining a slight advantage into the later stages. The score was tied at 24, and Serbia was able to pull ahead and win the set 26-24. Serbia jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the second set. The MJNT was able to pull to within one, but Serbia held on to win it 25-22. The third set began with the MJNT taking a 10-6 lead. Serbia was unable to rally and the MJNT stormed out to a 25-19 win. In the fourth set, Serbia jumped out to an early lead but the MJNT battled back to knot the score at 10 apiece and take its first lead at 11-10. It was a seesaw battle from there and, with the score tied at 24, Serbia scored twice to edge the MJNT 26-24 and take the match 3-1.
Hanson started Gregory and Guessous at middle blocker, Henchy and Jaeschke at outside hitter, Patch at opposite and West at setter with Ensbury as the libero. Gregory, Guessous, Patch and West started all four sets. Henchy started the first two and subbed in the fourth, while Jaeschke started the first, third and fourth. Kyle Russell (Loomis, Calif.) subbed in all four sets, while Aaron Russell and James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) subbed in the first and White subbed in the second.
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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 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 def. China, 3-2
Aug. 23: Turkey def. Morocco, 3-0
Aug. 24: India vs. Morocco, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: Turkey def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 25: India def. Egypt, 3-1
Aug. 25: Turkey def. China, 3-2
Aug. 26: India def. China, 3-0
Aug. 26: Morocco def. Egypt, 3-2
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 def. Japan, 3-2
Aug. 23: Iran def. Argentina, 3-0
Aug. 24: Argentina def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 24: Mexico def. Estonia, 3-1
Aug. 25: Argentina def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 25: Iran def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 26: Iran def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 26: Argentina def. Estonia, 3-1
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: Tunisia def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 23: Serbia def. United States, 3-0
Aug. 24: Serbia def. Tunisia, 3-0
Aug. 24: Canada def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 25: Serbia def. Canada, 3-1
Aug. 25: Tunisia def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 26: United States def. Canada, 3-0
Aug. 26: Serbia def. Rwanda, 3-0
Pool D (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: Brazil def. Italy, 3-0
Aug. 22: France def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 23: France def. Italy, 3-0
Aug. 23: Russia def. Brazil, 3-2
Aug. 24: Russia def. France, 3-0
Aug. 24: Italy def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 25: Russia def. Venezuela, 3-1
Aug. 25: France def. Brazil, 3-2
Aug. 26: Brazil def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 26: Italy def. Russia, 3-2
Round of 16
Aug. 28: Match 41, Iran def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 42, Brazil def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 43, Argentina def. China, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 44, Italy def. Serbia, 3-2
Aug. 28: Match 45, India def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 46, Russia def. Tunisia, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 47, Turkey def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 48, France def. Canada, 3-2
Round Robin 17-20
Aug. 29: Match 49, Estonia def. Morocco, 3-2
Aug. 29: Match 50, Rwanda def. Venezuela, 3-2
Aug. 30: Match 59, Venezuela def. Morocco, 3-1
Aug. 30: Match 60, Estonia def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 61, Estonia def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 62, Morocco def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 51, Brazil def. Iran, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 52, Italy def. Argentina, 3-2
Aug. 30: Match 53, Russia def. India, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 54, France def. Turkey, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 55, United States def. Egypt, 3-1
Aug. 30: Match 56, Serbia def. China, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 57, Tunisia def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 58, Canada def. Mexico, 3-1
Aug. 31: Match 63, Iran def. Argentina, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 65, Turkey def. India, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 64, Egypt def. China, 3-2
Aug. 31: Match 66, Tunisia def. Mexico, 3-2
Aug. 31: Match 67, Brazil def. Italy, 3-1
Aug. 31: Match 69, Russia def. France, 3-1
Aug. 31: Match 68, Serbia def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 31: Match 70, Japan vs. Canada, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 71, Place 15-16: China vs. Mexico, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 1: Match 72, Place 13-14: Egypt vs. Tunisia, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 73, Place 11-12: United States vs. L70, 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 74, Place 9-10: Serbia vs. W70, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 75, Place 7-8: Argentina vs. India, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 1: Match 76, Place 5-6: Iran vs. Turkey, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 77, Place 3-4: Italy vs. France, 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 78, Place 1-2: Brazil vs. Russia, 7:00 p.m.