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U.S. Boys' Youth National Team FIVB World Championship Preview

By Darci Miller | June 25, 2013, 4:47 p.m. (ET)
Anton Willert
  The U.S. Boys' Youth National Volleyball Team upon its arrival in Tijuana, Mexico.

Darci Miller, Communications Intern, Phone: (719) 228-6800, Email: Darci.Miller@usav.org 
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BYNT Press Kit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 25, 2013) – Under new leadership, the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team (BYNT) is slated to compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship being held June 27-July 7 In Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico.

Leading the BYNT in Mexico is head coach Colin McMillan, who also serves as assistant coach at Penn State University and previously was an assistant coach for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team in 2012. Kevin Moore (head coach at Juniata College) and Kris Berzins (assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago) will serve as U.S. assistant coaches during the tournament.

“It is a bigger responsibility to be assigned as head coach with Team USA,” said McMillan. “I feel a little pressure on my shoulders, but it is a great group of guys.”

The BYNT qualified for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Youth World Championship by winning the bronze medal at the 2012 NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship, also held in Tijuana. At the most recent FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship held in 2011, the U.S. finished 11th in Buenos Aires and Almirante Brown, Argentina.

The 17-player training roster was selected through USA Volleyball High Performance tryouts held across the country. The team was narrowed to 12 after a final tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Middle blockers selected for the team include Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.), Matt Walsh (Chicago, Ill.) and Alex Pia (Johns Creek, Ga.). Outside/opposite hitters named to the team include Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.), Karl Apfelbach (Shorewood, Wis.), Jake Arnitz (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Evan Enriques (Pahala, Hawaii) and Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.).

The setters chosen for the team are Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.), Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.) and Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.). The libero selected to the team is Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.).

Blough and Lammey return from the 2012 BYNT. Pia was also a 2012 BYNT selection, but was unable to attend the NORCECA Championship due to illness.

“We all expect to compete, that is the main thing,” McMillan said. “We are honored to be here. We were at this same facility last year and had a great experience. We are looking forward to getting into pool play and giving our best.”

All athletes on the BYNT were born in 1995 or 1996 and are members of the high school graduating classes of 2013 or 2014.

The 12 athletes selected represent 10 states and nine USA Volleyball regions including two apiece from the Western Empire, Florida and Southern California regions, and one each from the Great Lakes, Old Dominion, Badger, Southern, Aloha and Garden Empire regions.

Group play for the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship will be held June 27-July 1, followed by playoff rounds July 2-7.

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team is one of 20 participating teams. This is the first time the field includes 20 countries, expanding from 16 in the 2011 edition. The countries are divided into four pools of five teams. Pool A consists of Belarus, Tunisia, Mexico, China and Poland. Pool B is comprised of Argentina, Cuba, Japan, Chile and Turkey. Pool C is made up of Russia, Iran, France, Rwanda and Finland. Rounding out the group in Pool D are Brazil, the United States, Egypt, Korea and Algeria.

The United States opens play on June 27 against Algeria at 2 p.m. PST, followed by Brazil on June 28 at 7 p.m. PST, Egypt on June 30 at 5 p.m. PST and Korea on July 1 at 2 p.m. PST. All Pool D matches take place in the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico.

The fifth-place team in each pool will play for classifications 17-20, while the remaining 16 teams advance to the Eight Finals round to play for a spot in the quarterfinals. Losers in this and all future rounds will continue action for lower classification spots.

2013 Boys’ Youth National 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: Tunisia vs. Poland, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 27: Mexico vs. China, 8:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Belarus vs. Tunisia, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Poland vs. Mexico, 7:00 p.m. PST
June 29: China vs. Poland, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 29: Mexico vs. Belarus, 7:00 p.m. PST
June 30: Belarus vs. China, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 30: Tunisia vs. Mexico, 7:00 p.m. PST
July 1: China vs. Tunisia, 12:00 p.m. PST
July 1: Poland vs. Belarus, 2:00 p.m. PST

Pool B (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
June 27: Japan vs. Chile, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 27: Cuba vs. Turkey, 7:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Turkey vs. Japan, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Argentina vs. Cuba, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 29: Chile vs. Turkey, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 29: Japan vs. Argentina, 7:00 p.m. PST
June 30: Argentina vs. Chile, 12:00 p.m. PST
June 30: Cuba vs. Japan, 7:00 p.m. PST
July 1: Chile vs. Cuba, 12:00 p.m. PST
July 1: Turkey vs. Argentina, 7:00 p.m. PST

Pool C (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Sports Center of Baja California)
June 27: Iran vs. Finland, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 27: France vs. Rwanda, 5:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Finland vs. France, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Russia vs. Iran, 5:00 p.m. PST
June 29: France vs. Russia, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 29: Rwanda vs. Finland, 5:00 p.m. PST
June 30: Russia vs. Rwanda, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 30: Iran vs. France, 5:00 p.m. PST
July 1: Rwanda vs. Iran, 5:00 p.m. PST
July 1: Finland vs. Russia, 7:00 p.m. PST

Pool D (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
June 27: United States vs. Algeria, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 27: Egypt vs. Korea, 5:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Algeria vs. Egypt, 5:00 p.m. PST
June 28: Brazil vs. United States, 7:00 p.m. PST
June 29: Egypt vs. Brazil, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 29: Korea vs. Algeria, 5:00 p.m. PST
June 30: Brazil vs. Korea, 2:00 p.m. PST
June 30: United States vs. Egypt, 5:00 p.m. PST
July 1: Korea vs. United States, 2:00 p.m. PST
July 1: Algeria vs. Brazil, 5:00 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.

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