U.S. Boys' Youth National Team Edges Korea 3-2

By Bill Kauffman | July 01, 2013, 8:19 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 1, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team edged Korea 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, 17-15 using a balanced attack Monday afternoon to conclude Pool D of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Mexicali, Mexico.

The U.S. ended Pool D with a 2-2 record and five points for fourth place. Brazil (3-0, 9 points) has clinched Pool D with one match remaining against winless Algeria. Korea earned the second spot out of Pool D with a 2-2 record and seven points, with the one point gained today by reaching the fifth set the difference in heading off third-place Egypt (2-2, 6 points). The Americans now await to find out their Round of 16 opponent.

Korea built a solid 22-15 advantage in the opening set, then held off a late Team USA charge to win 25-22. In the second set, the Americans established a 14-11 lead on an 8-2 run to build the advantage to 18-12. Korea rallied back to within two at 19-17, but the U.S. scored the final three points to win the third set 25-20 that included five American aces. The U.S. used a 3-0 run to take a 20-16 lead in the third set and held off Korea to win 25-21. Korea closed out the fourth set on a 10-2 scoring run to win 25-15.

Korea opened the tiebreaking set with a 2-0 advantage, but the U.S. burst to an 8-5 lead by the court switch. Korea inched back into a tie at 11-all. The teams sided out the rest of the set until the Americans served an ace on match point 17-15.

Matt Walsh (Chicago) led the United States with 21 points, including a stellar 13 kills on 16 errorless attacks, blocks and two aces. Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) chipped in 10 kills on 18 attacks, three blocks and two aces for 15 points. Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.) contributed 10 kills on 29 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 13 points. Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) chalked up 13 points with 12 kills on 26 attacks and an ace in his first start of the tournament. Karl Apfelbach (Shorewood, Wis.) tacked on six kills and a block for seen points. Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) pocketed two blocks, one kill and one aces for four points. Evan Enriques (Panalu’u, Hawaii) served two aces in limited action as a sub.

Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) led the Americans on defense with 12 digs and 17 excellent receptions on 39 total chances. Dion-Kindem was credited with 38 running sets on 99 set attempts.

The U.S. started Lammey and Walsh at middle blocker, Harriman and Nugent at outside hitter, Apfelbach at opposite and Dion-Kindem at setter. Dagastino is the team’s designated libero for the tournament. Enriques was a sub in all five sets, while Christy Blough was a reserve in the first, fourth and fifth sets. Curtis Stallings subbed in briefly during the tiebreaker.

The U.S. converted 43.3 percent of its attacks for points with a .275 hitting efficiency (52-19-120). Korea held a similar kill percent at 43.8 and .277 hitting efficiency (57-21-130). The Americans produced a 13-8 block advantage and 10-6 margin in aces. Korea held a 19-14 edge in digs and 57-52 advantage in kills. The U.S. overcame 35 errors in the set to win.

Korea was led by Dong-Geun Jeong’s 26 points.

In other matches today, China topped Tunisia 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 in Pool A in Tijuana, while Poland (4-0) defeated Belgium (2-2) 25-22, 25-13, 25-21. In Pool B in Mexicali, Cuba (2-2) defeated Chile (2-2) 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-16, while Argentina (3-0) and Turkey (1-2) play at 7 p.m. PT. In Pool C at Tijuana, Iran (2-1) faces Rwanda (0-3) at 5 p.m. PT and Russia (3-0) takes on Finland (1-2) at 7 p.m. PT.

Korea reached a 6-3 advantage in the opening set on an ace and USA attack error. The U.S. leveled the score at 7-all with kills by Apfelbach and Nugent around a Walsh ace. Korea answered with points on each side of the first technical timeout to lead 9-7, then extended the lead to 14-10 on three unanswered points. The teams traded points until Korea scored back-to-back at 20-15., then pushed the gap to seven points at 22-15 as part of a 4-0 run. Lammey, Nugent and Apfelbach collected consecutive kills to slice the gap to 22-18. Walsh pocketed back-to-back kills and Harriman added a kill to narrow the deficit to 23-21.

The teams traded points in the second set until Korea rattled off four straight to take a 9-6 advantage. Team USA answered with a Harriman kill and Korea error to slice the deficit to 9-8. The U.S. rolled off four straight with two kills by Harriman, a Lammey ace and Korea error to take a 12-10 advantage. The U.S. inched to a 15-11 margin with a Walsh kill, Dion-Kindem ace and Korea error. The Americans widened the gap to 18-12 with a Nugent kill and Enriques ace off the bench, the fourth U.S. ace of the set, followed by an error. Korea went on a 5-1 run to slice the gap to 19-17. Team USA reached set points at 24-20 with a kill and ace by Harriman, then Walsh blocked the winner at 25-20 to end the set on a 3-0 run.

Walsh and Harriman collected consecutive kills and Korea committed an error yielding an early 4-1 American lead in the third set. Walsh followed a Korea error with a kill to push the American lead to 6-2. The U.S. reached the first technical timeout leading 8-3 on back-to-back Korea errors. Korea came out of the break with the first three points to shave the gap to two, 8-6. Korea moved to within one at 10-9, but two quick errors gave the Americans a 12-9 advantage. Lammey produced a kill and block on back-to-back plays to give the U.S. a 14-10 cushion. Korea tallied three consecutive points to trim the gap to a single point, 15-14. The U.S. widened its lead to 17-14 after an Apfelbach kill, only to have Korea climb back to within one at 17-16. The Americans responded with a 3-0 run forging to a 20-16 advantage capped by a Walsh block and Harriman ace. Korea answered with two straight points to cut the gap in half at 20-18, but the U.S. reached set points at 24-19 on a 3-0 run that include a Dion-Kindem block and Apfelbach ace. Team USA finished the set at 25-21 with a Nugent kill after Korea saved two set points.

Korea opened up a 4-2 lead in the fourth set, only to have the U.S. score the next three points to establish a 5-4 advantage. Walsh slammed a kill and followed with an ace to yield a 7-5 American lead. Korea scored three points out of the first technical timeout to reverse the lead to its side at 9-8. Korea raised its advantage to 15-11 on a 5-1 scoring run. Walsh put up a block after a Korea error to slice the deficit to 15-13. Korea responded with two quick points to push the lead back to four, 17-13. Korea rolled off six unanswered points to establish a 23-14 advantage, then won 25-15.

Korea opened the fifth set with the first two points and a 2-0 advantage. The U.S. leveled the score at 3-all with a Harriman block and Lammey ace, then went in front 6-4 on a Walsh kill and block. Walsh added consecutive kills to push the Americans to an 8-5 lead at the court switch. Korea sliced its gap to one at 9-8, then squared the set at 11-all. The teams traded points until the end when Apfelbach served an ace to win 17-15.

2013 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team Roster
# - Name (Position, Grad Year, Hometown, USAV Region, Club)
1 - Connor Lammey (MB, 2013, West Grove, Pa., Florida Region, Tampa Bay Juniors)
2 - Matt Walsh (MB, 2014, Chicago, Great Lakes, Ultimate VBC)
3 - Colby Harriman (OH, 2014, Rochester, N.Y., Western Empire, Rochester Pace Bootlegger)
4 - Christy Blough (S, 2013, Ontario, N.Y., WEVA, Rochester VBC)
5 - Curtis Stallings (S, 2013, Chesapeake, Va., Old Dominion Region, Coastal 18’s National)
8 - Kyle Dagostino (L, 2014, Tampa, Fla., Florida Region, Tampa Bay Invaders)
9 - Karl Apfelbach (Opp, 2014, Shorewood, Wis., Badger, North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club)
10 - Jacob Arnitz (OH, 2014, Yorba Linda, Calif., Southern California, Balboa Bay)
11 - Alex Pia (MB, 2013, Johns Creek, Ga., Southern, Southern Storm Club)
12 - Evan Enriques (OH/L, 2014, Panalu’u, Hawaii, Aloha, Ka Ulukoa B17 Mizuno)
15 - Soren Dion-Kindem (S, 2013, Agoura Hills, Calif., Southern California, SMBC)
16 - Chris Nugent (OH, 2013, Fair Lawn, N.J., GEVA, Warren SixPack)

Head Coach: Colin McMillan (Penn State University)
Assistant Coach: Kevin Moore (Juniata College)
Assistant Coach: Kris Berzins (Loyola University Chicago)
Team Manager: Brandon Dyett (USA Volleyball)
Athletic Trainer: Jeremiah Fraser (University of the Pacific)
Technical Coordinator: Randy Nako (University of Hawaii at Hilo)

2013 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship Pool Play Schedule

Pool A (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Sports Center of Baja California)
June 27: Poland def. Tunisia 25-20, 25-18, 25-21
June 27: China def. Mexico 25-19, 25-15, 25-18
June 28: Belgium def. Tunisia 25-19, 25-12, 25-15
June 28: Poland def. Mexico 25-15, 25-22, 25-22
June 29: Poland def. China 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 13-25, 18-16
June 29: Belgium def. Mexico 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-11
June 30: China def. Belgium 25-23, 25-15, 25-21
June 30: Mexico def. Tunisia 30-28, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18
July 1: China def. Tunisia 25-14, 25-22, 25-21
July 1: Poland def. Belgium 25-22, 25-13, 25-21

Pool B (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
June 27: Chile def. Japan 25-21, 25-21, 25-22
June 27: Turkey def. Cuba 25-23, 29-27, 25-21
June 28: Japan def. Turkey 24-26, 24-26, 25-17, 26-24, 19-17
June 28: Argentina def. Cuba 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 25-10, 15-10
June 29: Chile def. Turkey 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12
June 29: Argentina def. Japan 25-21, 25-17, 25-19
June 30: Argentina def. Chile 25-18, 25-23, 25-21
June 30: Cuba def. Japan 25-19, 25-23, 25-20
July 1: Cuba def. Chile 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-16
July 1: Turkey vs. Argentina, 7 p.m. PST

Pool C (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Sports Center of Baja California)
June 27: Iran def. Finland 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8
June 27: France def. Rwanda 25-16, 25-12, 25-18
June 28: France def. Finland 21-25, 23-25, 25-11, 25-14, 15-9
June 28: Russia def. Iran 25-19, 25-22, 25-19
June 29: Russia def. France 25-16, 25-17, 25-13
June 29: Finland def. Rwanda 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 19-17
June 30: Russia def. Rwanda 25-13, 25-18, 25-16
June 30: Iran def. France 25-20, 25-18, 25-15
July 1: Rwanda vs. Iran, 5 p.m. PST
July 1: Finland vs. Russia, 7 p.m. PST

Pool D (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
June 27: United States def. Algeria 23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17
June 27: Korea def. Egypt 25-21, 25-14, 25-20
June 28: Egypt def. Algeria 28-26, 25-15, 25-10
June 28: Brazil def. United States 25-18, 25-21, 25-21
June 29: Brazil def. Egypt 25-16, 25-16, 25-14
June 29: Korea def. Algeria 25-22, 25-14, 25-15
June 30: Brazil def. Korea 25-22, 25-16, 25-23
June 30: Egypt def. United States 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17
July 1: United States def. Korea 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, 17-15
July 1: Algeria vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. PST

Round of 16: Eight Finals (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Sports Center of Baja California)
July 3: B1 vs. A4 (Match 41)
July 3: B2 vs. A3 (Match 43)
July 3: A2 vs. B3 (Match 46)
July 3: A1 vs. B4 (Match 48)

Round of 16: Eight Finals (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
July 3: C2 vs. D3 (Match 42)
July 3: C1 vs. D4 (Match 44)
July 3: D1 vs. C4 (Match 45)
July 3: D2 vs. C3 (Match 47)

Quaterfinals (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Sports Center of Baja California)
July 5: Match 41 winner vs. Match 42 winner (Match 51)
July 5: Match 43 winner vs. Match 44 winner (Match 52)
July 5: Match 45 winner vs. Match 46 winner (Match 53)
July 5: Match 47 winner vs. Match 48 winner (Match 54)

Classification 9th-16th (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
July 5: Match 41 loser vs. Match 42 loser (Match 55)
July 5: Match 43 loser vs. Match 44 loser (Match 56)
July 5: Match 45 loser vs. Match 46 loser (Match 57)
July 5: Match 47 loser vs. Match 48 loser (Match 58)

Round Robin 17th-20th
July 4-5: The fifth-ranked teams after the first round will play a round robin to determine the classification 17th-20th.

Semifinals and Playoffs
July 6: 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
July 7: 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.