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Jul 05 U.S. Boys' Youth Volleyball Team Drops 3-1 Match to Belgium

By Bill Kauffman | July 05, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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U.S. Boys' Youth National Team Press Kit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 5, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team lost to Belgium 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 Friday afternoon in the 9-16 classification bracket of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Mexicali, Mexico.

With the loss, the U.S. drops into the 13-16 classification bracket and will play Mexico on Saturday in Mexicali.

The U.S. won a close opening set that had 17 ties and benefited from 13 Belgium errors in the 25-23 victory. Belgium jumped out to a 12-5 advantage in the second set en route to winning 25-17 to even the match. The U.S. pushed out to a 9-4 advantage in the third set, only to have Belgium take control of the set with a 7-0 run in gaining the lead at 11-9 and moving on to a 25-17 victory. Belgium broke a 7-all tie in the fourth with a 4-1 spurt and never trailed the rest of the way to a 25-16 victory.

Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.) led the U.S. with 14 points all on kills via 29 attacks. Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added eight points with eight kills. Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) contributed three kills and three blocks for six points. Alex Pia (Johns Creek, Ga.) totaled three kills and an ace for four points in limited action. Matt Walsh (Chicago) collected two kills, one block and one ace for four points. Evan Enriques (Panalu’u, Hawaii) added three kills, while Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura, Calif.) picked up a block and ace for two points. Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) contributed nine of the Americans’ 13 digs to go with nine excellent receptions on 20 attempts. Enriques was credited with 15 excellent receptions on 30 attempts. Dion-Kindem turned in 30 running sets on 93 total set attempts.

The U.S. started Lammey and Walsh at middle blocker, Harriman and Nugent at outside hitter, Blough at opposite and Dion-Kindem at setter. Enriques was a sub in the first two sets and started the final two sets. Pia was a sub in the second set and started the fourth set in place of Walsh. Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.) was a sub in the third set.

Belgium held a 54-34 advantage in kills over the United States, in addition to a 9-3 margin in aces and a slim 6-5 edge in blocks. Belgium, which converted 53.5 percent of its attacks for points with a .416 hitting efficiency (54-12-101), overcame 19 service errors and 33 total errors in the match to win. The U.S. held a 13-7 margin in digs.

Belgium had four players reach double-figure scoring led by Lowie Stuer’s 18 points. Arno Van De Velde added 13 points, followed by Gilles Vandecaveye’s 12 points and Robbe Vandeweyer’s 11 points.

The U.S. jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set with kills by Harriman and Nugent around a Belgium error. However, Belgium stormed back to tie the set at 4-all. Team USA reached the first technical timeout leading 8-6 with a Nugent kill and Belgium error, then added to the lead with a Lammey kill at 9-6. Belgium answered with a 3-0 run to level the score at 10-all, then took its first lead of the set at 12-11. The Americans reversed the lead at 13-12 with a Belgium service error and Harriman kill. Belgium regained the lead at 15-14, only to have a service error and Nugent kill lift the U.S. in front 16-15 at the second technical timeout. The teams traded points until the U.S. scored the final two points with Belgium’s 13th error and a Harriman kill on set point for a 25-23 victory.

Belgium gained a three-point cushion in the second set at 6-3, then reached a 9-4 advantage on a 3-0 run. Belgium expanded its lead to 12-5 with another 3-0 run. Team USA reduced the deficit to 13-8 with a Nugent kill and Lammey block. Nugent hammered a kill and Lammey followed with a block to slice the gap to 14-10. Belgium inched its advantage to 20-13 with a 4-1 scoring run. Belgium ended the set with a 25-17 victory.

The U.S. took a 4-1 lead in the second set with a Dion-Kindem ace around a Belgium service error and attack error. Belgium responded with two quick points to narrow the deficit to 4-3. The U.S. regained a three-point edge with consecutive kills by Harriman and Walsh at 6-3. The U.S. reached the first technical timeout leading 8-4 following a Blough kill and Walsh ace. The U.S. benefited from a Belgium error to extend the lead to 9-4. However, Belgium went on a 7-0 run, including three aces, to take an 11-9 advantage. Belgium expanded the lead to 14-11 and 18-14 with back-to-back points on each occasion. Belgium pushed out to a 24-16 lead with five unanswered points and won 25-17.

Belgium scored the first two points of the fourth set, but Harriman downed an attack after a Belgium service error to tie the score at 2-all. Belgium regained a two-point cushion at 6-4, but the U.S. knotted the score with kills by Harriman and Enriques at 6-all. Belgium took the momentum back with four consecutive points, including the third ace of the set, to grab an 11-7 advantage. Belgium reached the second technical timeout leading 16-11 on back-to-back points, then expanded the lead to 18-11 as part of a 4-0 run. The U.S. sliced the deficit to 18-14 with a Pia kill and ace around a Lammey block. Belgium built the lead back to six points at 20-14 with consecutive points, then expanded the margin to 24-15 with four unanswered points. Belgium closed out the match with a 25-16 victory in the fourth.

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 def. Chile 25-17, 25-20, 25-17
July 3: Poland def. Turkey 26-24, 25-19, 25-27, 26-24

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 def. Finland 25-20, 25-12, 29-31, 27-29, 15-11
July 3: France def. Korea 25-23, 25-19, 25-17

Quarterfinals (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Sports Center of Baja California)
July 5: Iran def. Argentina 23-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-23 (Match 51)
July 5: Russia def. Cuba 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 (Match 52)
July 5: Brazil vs. China (Match 53)
July 5: France vs. Poland (Match 54)

Classification 9th-16th (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
July 5: Egypt def. Mexico 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 29-27 (Match 55)
July 5: Belgium def. USA 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 (Match 56)
July 5: Finland vs. Chile (Match 57)
July 5: Korea vs. Turkey (Match 58)

Round Robin 17th-20th
July 4: Japan def. Tunisia 25-22, 25-21, 25-16
July 4: Algeria def. Rwanda 25-19, 25-22, 25-18
July 5: Tunisia def. Algeria 25-15, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19
July 5: Japan def. Rwanda 25-10, 25-20, 25-14
July 6: Japan vs. Algeria
July 6: Tunisia vs. Rwanda

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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