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U.S. Boys' Youth Lose Heartbreaker to Mexico

By Bill Kauffman | July 06, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team lost a heart-breaking five-set match to host Mexico 25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13 on Saturday afternoon in the 13-16 classification bracket of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Mexicali, Mexico.

The U.S. concludes the World Championship in the 15th-place match on Sunday afternoon against the loser of Chile and Turkey in today’s other 13-16 classification match.

Mexico used a 7-2 run to establish a 15-11 advantage in the opening set and went on to win 25-20 as the U.S. committed 12 errors in the set. The U.S. overcame a 24-20 deficit in the second set and saved five set points in winning 28-26. The Americans used a key 3-0 run to build a 19-15 advantage in the third set and held off Mexico 25-20. Mexico evened the match with a 25-21 victory after taking a 4-1 lead early and never trailed the rest of the set. Like the fourth set, Mexico pushed out to a 4-1 lead early and sided out down the stretch for a 15-13 victory.

Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.) paced the United States with 18 points on 17 kills via 37 attacks and an ace. Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added 15 kills on 40 swings and two blocks for 17 points. Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.) chipped in 14 points with 12 kills on 27 attacks, one block and one ace. Alex Pia (Johns Creek, Ga.) tallied nine kills on 16 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 12 points. Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) and Matt Walsh (Chicago) each contributed six points, while Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura, Calif.) collected five kills. Evan Enriques (Panalu'u, Hawaii) rounded out the scoring with three points.

Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) led the U.S. defense with 11 digs and added 15 excellent receptions on 26 attempts. Dion-Kindem totaled 24 running sets on 103 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. Pia started the middle three sets in place of Walsh and the final set in place of Lammey. Enriques was a sub in all five sets, while Curtis Stallings was a sub in the first, fourth and fifth sets.

The U.S. led Mexico in kills (68-61), blocks (9-5) and digs (21-12), while Mexico held the edge in aces at 7-4. However, the U.S. could not overcome 37 errors in the match as Mexico held its miscues to 27.

Enrique Ugalde paced Mexico with a match-high 24 points and Alan Martinez added 12 points.

The U.S. secured an early 6-4 lead in the opening set with a 3-0 run with a Blough kill, Mexico error and Nugent block. Mexico came back to level the score at 7-all and went into the lead at 10-9. Mexico increased its advantage to 13-10 with three unanswered points, then scored its third ace of the set to extend the margin to 15-11. Harriman and Nugent collected kills to slice the U.S. deficit in half at 15-13, but Mexico responded with points on both sides of the second technical timeout to go up 17-13. Lammey followed a Nugent kill with a block to whittle the U.S. deficit to 17-15. Mexico widened its advantage to six points at 23-17 on a 4-0 run. Harriman served an ace to narrow the gap to 23-19, but Mexico finished out the set with a 25-19 victory.

Mexico scored three unanswered points to take a 4-2 lead in the second set, but the U.S. squared the set at 6-all with a Harriman kill and Mexico error and took the lead at 7-6 on a Mexico error. Mexico forged to a 13-11 advantage on a 3-0 run. Team USA knotted the score at 13-all with a Nugent kill and Lammey block. The teams traded points until Mexico was able to score back-to-back points for a 20-18, two-point cushion. Mexico scored three straight to gain a 24-21 lead. The U.S. saved three set points with a Mexico error and kills by Blough and Harriman at 24-23. Team USA knotted the score at 24-all with a Mexico error. The U.S. took the lead at 26-25 with kills by Walsh and Harriman, then captured the set 28-26 with back-to-back Mexico errors.

The U.S. grabbed a 5-2 lead in the third set with kills by Pia, Blough and Nugent capped by a Pia ace on a 4-0 run. Mexico knocked off two points from the deficit at 6-5. Mexico evened the set at 11-al with an ace, but the U.S. regained a two-point cushion at the second technical timeout after a Dion-Kindem kill and Mexico error at 16-14. Team USA widened the gap to four points at 19-15 with kills by Pia and Harriman followed by a Blough block. Blough extended the margin to five points with a kill at 21-16. Mexico closed to 22-19, but the Americans rolled off three straight to gain a 24-19 lead capped by a Nugent ace. Team USA ended the set at 25-20 on a Mexico error.

After yielding the first point of set four, Mexico rolled off four straight to take a 4-1 advantage. Team USA battled back to within 12-11 with a Pia block, only to have Mexico restore a four-point cushion at 17-13 following an ace. Mexico held firm the rest of the set for a 25-21 victory.

Mexico scored three straight points to take a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker. Pia and Enriques collected consecutive kills to close the gap to 4-3, but Mexico increased its lead to four at 7-3 with another 3-0 run. Walsh served an ace to close the deficit to a single point at 9-8, but neither team could score on its serve the rest of the set as Mexico sided out to a 15-13 victory.

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
July 5: Russia def. Cuba 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22
July 5: China def. Brazil 34-32, 25-16, 25-22
July 5: Poland def. France 25-19, 25-19, 25-22

Classification 9th-16th (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
July 5: Egypt def. Mexico 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 29-27
July 5: Belgium def. USA 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16
July 5: Finland def. Chile 25-23, 12-25, 25-19, 25-23
July 5: Korea def. Turkey 25-23, 25-17, 25-22

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 def. Algeria 25-19, 25-23, 25-18
July 6: Tunisia def. Rwanda 25-15, 27-25, 23-25, 25-13

Semifinals
July 6: Iran vs. Russia
July 6: China vs. Poland

Classification 5-8
July 6: Argentina def. Cuba 27-25, 25-19, 14-25, 22-25, 15-11
July 6: Brazil vs. France

Classification 9-12
July 6: Egypt vs. Belgium
July 6: Finland vs. Korea

Classification 13-16
July 6: Mexico def. United States 25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13
July 6: Chile vs. Turkey

Finals and Playoffs
July 7: Classification 13-16 losers (15th place)
July 7: Classification 13-16 winners (13th place)
July 7: Classification 9-12 losers (11th place)
July 7: Classification 9-12 winners (9th place)
July 7: Classification 5-8 losers (7th place)
July 7: Classification 5-8 winners (5th place)
July 7: Semifinal losers (bronze medal)
July 7: Semifinal winners (gold medal)

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