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Jul 03 U.S. Boys' Youth Volleyball Team Loses to Russia

Karl Apfelbach (9), Matt Walsh (2) and Colby Harriman go for a block versus Russia

By Bill Kauffman | July 03, 2013, midnight (ET)

Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Senior Manager of Communications, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org
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U.S. Boys' Youth National Team Press Kit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 3, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team lost to Russia 25-18, 25-16, 25-19 Wednesday afternoon in the Round of 16 of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Mexicali, Mexico.

With the loss, the U.S. falls into the 9-16 classification bracket and will face Belgium on July 5. Team USA entered the Round of 16 as Pool D’s fourth seed, while Russia won Pool C without dropping a single set. Belgium lost its Round of 16 match versus Cuba, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20.

The U.S. led the opening set 6-4, but Russia surged to a 16-10 advantage on a 12-4 spurt en route to the 25-18 victory. Russia slowly built an 11-7 lead in the second set and took control the rest of the way for a 25-16 win. Russia overcame an 11-10 deficit in the third set with a 5-1 scoring run and held off the Americans challenge with a 25-19 victory.

Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.) paced the Americans with 10 kills on 27 attacks and a block for 11 points. Matt Walsh Chicago) added nine points via five kills on nine attacks, two blocks and two aces. Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) chipped in four kills and a block for five points. Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) charted three kills in the match, while Evan Enriques (Panalu’u Hawaii) totaled two kills. Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.), Karl Apfelbach (Shorewood, Wis.) and Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) all tallied one point.

Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) tallied seven digs and 11 excellent receptions on 19 attempts to lead the American defense. Dion-Kindem was credited with 15 running sets on 52 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. Blough and Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.) were subs in the first two sets and started the final set. Enriques was a reserve in the second set and started the third set.

Russia led in all three scoring skills with advantages of 36-26 in kills, 10-5 in blocks and 6-2 in aces. Russia converted 51.4 percent of its attacks with a .357 hitting efficiency (36-11-70) while holding the Americans to a 33.8 kill percent and .104 hitting efficiency (26-18-77). Russia won the dig battle 15-10. Team USA committed 23 errors in the match as Russia limited its miscues to 20.

Russia was led by captain Victor Poletaev’s 15 points, while Maxim Troynin and Dmitry Volkov each produced nine points.

In other Round of 16 matches today, Argentina topped Mexico 25-16, 25-14, 25-20, Iran stopped Egypt 25-14, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 and Cuba defeated Belgium 26-24, 25-21, 25-20. In later Round of 16 matches, Brazil faces Finland, China plays Chile, Korea meets France and Poland takes on Turkey.

The U.S. fell behind 2-0 to start the opening set. The U.S. went on a 4-0 run with Walsh scoring two aces and a kill, while Nugent added a kill. Russia answered with two quick points to level the score at 6-all. Russia scored the first four points out of the first technical timeout to take an 11-8 lead. Russia increased its lead to 16-10 with a 5-1 scoring run going into the second technical timeout. Team USA sliced two points off the gap after Nugent followed a Russia error with a kill at 17-13, only to have Russia connect for the next three points at 20-13. The U.S. moved to within 22-17 with a Walsh block following a Russia service error. Russia answered with the next two points to reach set points at 24-17. Russia closed the set at 25-18.

Russia reached a 6-4 advantage in the second set with its second ace of the frame, then went into the first technical timeout leading 8-5 on an American attack error. Russia expanded its lead to 10-6 and pushed to a 14-9 margin at a U.S. timeout. Russia headed into the second technical timeout on an ace at 16-10, then moved up to a 17-10 lead on an American attack error. Russia extended its advantage to 21-12 with back-to-back American hitting errors and a kill. Nugent downed an attack and Russia followed with an error to slice the deficit to 21-14. Russia reached set points at 24-15 and closed the frame at 25-16.

The teams traded points to start the third set until Russia went up 6-4. Team USA knotted the score at 6-all after a Russia service error and Harriman block. The Americans took an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout with a Harriman kill and Russia error. Team USA stretched advantage to 9-7 with a Walsh block, but Russia came back to knot the score at 9-all on an ace and went up 10-9 with a block. The Americans went back into the lead at 11-10 following a Blough kill and Russia attack error. Russia reversed the lead to its side at 12-11 on an American error and gained a three-point cushion at 15-12 with a block and American attack error. Russia put up a block following the second technical timeout to push the margin to 17-13. Team USA sliced the gap in half at 17-5 following a Russia attack error. Russia answered with three quick points to gain a five-point edge at 20-15. Lammey hammered a kill and Russia hit long to reduce the gap to 20-17. Russia reached match point at 24-19 and closed out the immediately on an ace.

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: Argentina def. Turkey 25-20, 25-17, 25-20

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: Iran def. Rwanda 25-19, 25-19, 25-16
July 1: Russia def. Finland 25-14, 25-15, 25-20

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: Brazil def. Algeria 25-15, 25-23, 25-15

Round of 16: Eight Finals (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Sports Center of Baja California)
July 3: Argentina def. Mexico 25-16, 25-14, 25-20
July 3: Cuba def. Belgium 26-24, 25-21, 25-20
July 3: China vs. Chille
July 3: Poland vs. Turkey

Round of 16: Eight Finals (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
July 3: Iran def. Egypt 25-14, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23
July 3: Russia def. United States 25-18, 25-16, 25-19
July 3: Brazil vs. Finland
July 3: Korea vs. France

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.

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