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U.S. Boys' Youth Team Ends Worlds with Loss

By Bill Kauffman | July 07, 2013, 12 a.m. (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 7, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team lost to Turkey 25-20, 25-17, 15-25, 25-19 Sunday morning to finish 16th in the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Mexicali, Mexico.

Turkey broke a 12-all tie in the opening set with a 3-0 run and forged ahead to a 25-20 victory. Turkey established an 11-1 lead in the second set and cruised to a 25-17 victory. As Turkey did in the second set, the U.S. built an early 11-4 advantage in the third set and eased into a 25-15 victory. The U.S. led the fourth set 17-15, but couldn’t keep the momentum as Turkey used a 6-0 run to take a 21-17 advantage in en route to a 25-19 victory.

Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) led the United States with 12 points on 11 kills and an ace. Evan Enriques (Panalu’u, Hawaii) chipped in 11 kills in the match. Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.) added nine points with eight kills and a block. Matt Walsh (Chicago) contributed seven kills and a block for eight points. Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.) tacked on six points with five kills and a block. Both Alex Pia (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura, Calif.) totaled five points in the match, while Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) pocketed two kills. Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

Dion-Kindem totaled 12 running sets off 92 set attempts. Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) was credited with 11 digs and eight excellent receptions.

The U.S. started Pia and Walsh at middle blocker, Harriman and Enriques at outside hitter, Blough at opposite and Stallings at setter. Dion-Kindem and Nugent were subs in the first and second sets, then started the final two sets in place of Stallings and Harriman. Lammey started the third set in place of Pia.

While the U.S. held a 50-44 advantage in blocks, Turkey used a 13-6 margin in blocks and 6-3 edge in service aces to aid in the victory. In addition, the U.S. committed 27 errors in the math to Turkey’s 22.

Yigit Gulmezoglu led Turkey with a match-high 25 points including a match-high seven blocks from his setter position, while Yasin Aydin added 14 points.

The U.S. scored the opening two points of the first set with a Pia kill and Harriman block, then increased the advantage to 4-1 with a Stallings block and Harriman kill. Turkey used a 5-1 scoring run to take the lead at 6-5 and increased its lead to 9-7 with points on each side of the first technical timeout. Team USA knotted the score at 11 with a Harriman kill and Blough block. Turkey gained a three-point cushion at 15-12 on a 3-0 run that included an ace. Turkey increased its lead to 20-16 and closed out the set with a 25-20 victory.

Turkey jumped out to a 11-1 advantage in the second set including an 8-0 run. The U.S. benefited from three consecutive Turkey errors to close to 13-5. Enriques scored consecutive kills and Lammey added a third straight point with a kill to narrow the deficit to 15-9. However, the U.S. could not make another move as Turkey won 25-17.

The U.S. broke a 2-all tie in the third set with a 6-0 run that including two Nugent kills, a Dion-Kindem ace and three Turkey errors. After Turkey scored consecutive points to close to 8-4, Team USA used a 5-0 run to establish a 10-point lead at 14-4 on the strength of two Nugent aces and kills by Blough and Walsh. Pia notched an ace following a Walsh kill to lift the Americans to a 21-10 lead. Turkey saved two set points before Blough put away the winner at 25-15.

Enriques opened the fourth set with an ace and Dion-Kindem followed with a block to give the U.S. a 2-0 advantage. Turkey used a 4-0 run to gain a two-point lead at 5-3 and expanded the lead to 9-6. Pia and Blough put down kills to knot the score at 12-all. Team USA regained the lead at 15-14 with kills by Walsh and Nugent followed by an ace from Dion-Kindem. The U.S. expanded its lead to 17-15 on a Blough kill and Turkey error. However, Turkey secured a 21-17 lead on six unanswered points and walked away with a 25-19 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: Russia def. Iran 25-23, 25-16, 25-14
July 6: China def. Poland 32-30, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22

Classification 5-8
July 6: Argentina def. Cuba 27-25, 25-19, 14-25, 22-25, 15-11
July 6: Brazil def. France 17-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-21

Classification 9-12
July 6: Belgium def. Egypt 25-22, 25-23, 25-17
July 6: Korea def. Finland 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 26-24

Classification 13-16
July 6: Mexico def. United States 25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13
July 6: Chile def. Turkey 32-30, 25-22, 14-25, 25-14

Finals and Playoffs
July 7: Turkey def. United States 25-20, 25-17, 15-25, 25-19 (15th place)
July 7: Chile vs. Mexico (13th place)
July 7: Egypt vs. Finland (11th place)
July 7: Belgium vs. Korea (9th place)
July 7: Cuba vs. France (7th place)
July 7: Argentina vs. Brazil (5th place)
July 7: Iran vs. Poland (bronze medal)
July 7: Russia vs. China (gold medal)

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