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U.S. Boys' Youth National Team Opens Worlds with Win

By Bill Kauffman | June 27, 2013, 7:18 p.m. (ET)

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U.S. Boys’ Youth Team Opens Worlds with Win

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U.S. Boys' Youth National Team Press Kit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 27, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team used a 14-6 block advantage in defeating Algeria 23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17 to open the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship Thursday afternoon in Mexicali, Mexico.

The U.S. faces Brazil on Friday at 7 p.m. PT on the second day of Pool D action. Brazil was idle today in the five-team round-robin pool. Later today, Egypt takes on Korea at 5 p.m. PT.

Team USA led the opening set 15-11, but Algeria stormed back to take a 17-16. After trailing 22-20, Algeria used a 5-1 scoring run to end the set at 25-23. The U.S. used a 7-1 lead to take a 17-11 advantage in the second set, then closed out on a 7-0 run for a 25-16 victory. The Americans scored six blocks in the second set, including four in the final seven points. Team USA let a 15-11 lead evaporate into an Algeria 20-19 advantage, but came back to win the set on its fourth set-point chance at 28-26. The Americans jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth set and never allowed Algeria closer than three points in cruising to a 25-17 victory.

“This is the first international experience for many of our players,” U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Colin McMillan said. “It was a tough first set, but We were able to work in our service to give pressure.”

Jacob Arnitz (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led the United States with 18 points via 15 kills on 31 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) chipped in 12 kills on 16 swings and a match-high five blocks. Karl Apfelbach (Shorewood, Wis.) contributed 12 points with 11 kills on 23 attacks and an ace. Matthew Walsh (Chicago) pocketed five kills on 13 errorless attacks, four blocks and two aces for 11 American points. Evan Enriques (Panalu'u, Hawaii) totaled five kills and two blocks for seven points. Colby Harriman tallied one kill and Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

Dion-Kindem tallied 17 running sets on 97 set attempts as the Americans converted 44.1 percent of its attacks into kills with a .234 hitting efficiency (49-23-111). Kyle Dagostino led the American defense with nine digs to go with eight excellent receptions on 29 attempts. Enriques added six excellent receptions on 16 attempts.

The U.S. started Lammey and Walsh at middle blocker, Harriman and Arnitz at outside hitter, Apfelbach at opposite and Kindem Soren at setter. Dagastino is the team’s designated libero for the tournament. Enriques came off the bench in the first set and started the rest of the way for Harriman. Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.) was a sub in the first, third and fourth sets. Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) came off the bench in the third set, while Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.) was a sub in fourth set.

“Congratulations to Algeria,” said Blough, the U.S. captain. “We tried to keep on playing, score points and to get back on the game. This was a very exciting first match for both teams.”

In addition to its block advantage, the U.S. produced a 49-43 edge in kills and 4-2 margin in aces. Both teams committed a high number of errors as Algeria totaled 34 to the Americans’ 33. The U.S. recorded a 15-6 advantage in digs as Algeria was held to a .217 hitting efficiency (43-20-106).

Larbi Hadroug led 10 different Algerians in the scoring column with 17 points.

In other matches today, Poland defeated Tunisia 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 to open Pool A in Tijuana, Mexico, while Mexico hosts China at 8 p.m. PT. In Pool B, Chile beat Japan 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 in Mexicali, Mexico, while Cuba takes on Turkey at 7 p.m. PT. In Pool C matches at Tijuana, Iran challenges Finland at 2 p.m. PT and France meets Rwanda at 5 p.m. PT.

The U.S. reached an early 5-2 lead in the first set with consecutive Algeria errors followed by a Harriman kill. Algeria closed to 6-5 with consecutive points. Consecutive Algeria errors pushed the American lead to 11-8. Arnitz slammed two kills around an Algeria error to extend the American lead to 14-9. Algeria answered with a 4-1 run to narrow the gap to 15-13. Algeria scored the first four points out of the second technical timeout to reverse the lead to its side at 17-16. Team USA regained the lead at 19-18 with an Arnitz kill and Algeria error. Arnitz put up a block at 21-19 to create a two-point cushion for the Americans. Algeria responded with a 3-0 scoring run to take a 23-22 advantage, then capped the set at 25-23.

Algeria picked up the first two-point cushion of the second set at 7-5, but the U.S. answered with a Walsh kill and Algeria error to square the set at 7-all. The U.S. surged in front 17-11 on a 7-1 run that included an Apfelbach ace, two kills each by Lammey and Enriques and a Lammey block. Algeria broke the run with a 5-1 spurt to close to 18-16. Walsh pocketed three blocks and a kill around an Algeria error to extend the American lead to 23-16. The Americans reached set point at 24-16, then Enriques put up a block at 25-16 to close the set on a 7-0 run.

Apfelbach scored consecutive kills to open the third set to give U.S. 2-0 lead. The U.S. pushed the lead to 4-1 with an Arnitz kill and Algeria error, but the Algerians used its own 4-1 run to level the score at 5-all. The Americans answered with a Lammey kill and Walsh block to produce a 7-5 margin. The U.S. advantage moved to 10-7 with an Apfelbach kill and Algeria error. Arnitz hammered two kills around two Algeria errors as part of a 4-1 run to give the Americans U.S. an 14-9 lead. Algeria leveled the score at 17-all on an 8-3 run, then took its first lead of the third set at 20-19. Consecutive Algeria errors to the Americans back in front 21-20, then Kindem Soren put up a block for a two-point U.S. cushion at 22-20. Algeria knotted the score at 23-all on back-to-back points. The U.S. captured the third set 28-26 on its fourth set-point opportunity as Arnitz put down a kill and Algeria followed with an error.

The U.S. opened the four set with a 4-0 lead via two kills from Apfelbach and a Walsh kill around an Algeria error. Algeria cut a 6-point deficit in half with three unanswered points at 10-7. The Americans pushed the lead to six at 15-9 with three consecutive points as Walsh served two aces. Team USA stretched the lead to 18-11 with kills by Arnitz and Walsh followed by a Lammey block. Lammey added his fifth block after an Algeria error to put the Americans in front 20-11. The U.S. closed out the set and match at 25-17.

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: Mexico vs. China, 8 p.m. PST
June 28: Belarus vs. Tunisia, noon PST
June 28: Poland vs. Mexico, 7 p.m. PST
June 29: China vs. Poland, noon PST
June 29: Mexico vs. Belarus, 7 p.m. PST
June 30: Belarus vs. China, noon PST
June 30: Tunisia vs. Mexico, 7 p.m. PST
July 1: China vs. Tunisia, noon PST
July 1: Poland vs. Belarus, 2 p.m. PST

Pool B (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
June 27: Chile def. Japan 25-21, 25-21, 25-22
June 27: Cuba vs. Turkey, 7 p.m. PST
June 28: Turkey vs. Japan, noon PST
June 28: Argentina vs. Cuba, 2 p.m. PST
June 29: Chile vs. Turkey, noon PST
June 29: Japan vs. Argentina, 7 p.m. PST
June 30: Argentina vs. Chile, noon PST
June 30: Cuba vs. Japan, 7 p.m. PST
July 1: Chile vs. Cuba, noon PST
July 1: Turkey vs. Argentina, 7 p.m. PST

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

Pool D (at Mexicali, Mexico – Auditorio del Estado)
June 27: United States def. Algeria 23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17
June 27: Egypt vs. Korea, 5 p.m. PST
June 28: Algeria vs. Egypt, 5 p.m. PST
June 28: Brazil vs. United States, 7 p.m. PST
June 29: Egypt vs. Brazil, 2 p.m. PST
June 29: Korea vs. Algeria, 5 p.m. PST
June 30: Brazil vs. Korea, 2 p.m. PST
June 30: United States vs. Egypt, 5 p.m. PST
July 1: Korea vs. United States, 2 p.m. PST
July 1: Algeria vs. Brazil, 5 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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