U.S. Boys' Youth Volleyball Team Falls to Brazil
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 28, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 Friday evening in Pool D of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Mexicali, Mexico.
The U.S., now 1-1 in pool play, is idle Saturday in the five-team, round-robin Pool D and will next face Egypt on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT. Egypt (1-1) defeated continental rival Algeria (0-2) 28-26, 25-15, 25-10 in the other Pool D match today as Korea was idle.
Brazil broke a 10-all tie in the opening set with a 7-1 run in taking a commanding 17-11 lead en route to a 25-17 victory using 10 U.S. errors to its benefit. In the second set, Brazil used a 5-1 lead to establish a 16-10 advantage and held off a late American charge to win 25-21. Brazil built two large leads in the third set only to weather charges from the U.S. After falling behind 7-2 in the third set, the U.S. closed to 7-6. Brazil built an 18-12 lead and held of the U.S., which closed to 21-19, before winning 25-21.
Jacob Arnitz (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led the United States with 12 kills on 26 attacks and a block for 13 points. Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) added seven points with five kills on 11 swings and two blocks. Karl Apfelbach (Shorewood, Wis.) chipped in six kills on 17 attacks and an ace for seven points. Matt Walsh (Chicago) recorded four kills and a block for five points. Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) produced three blocks, one kill and one ace for five points. Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y.) contributed three points and Chris Nugent rounded out the scoring with a kill.
Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) recorded a team-high three digs and added 10 excellent receptions on 19 attempts. Dion-Kindem provided 13 running sets on 63 total set attempts.
The U.S. started Lammey and Walsh at middle blocker, Harriman and Arnitz at outside hitter, Apfelbach at opposite and Dion-Kindem at setter. Dagastino is the team’s designated libero for the tournament. Nugent was a sub in all three sets, while Christy Blough and Evan Enriques were subs in the final two sets.
Brazil’s serve kept the Americans off-balance with an 8-2 ace advantage, in addition to a 37-31 edge in kills. Both teams put up eight blocks in the win. Brazil benefited from 22 American errors in the match while it held its own miscues to 19.
Brazil’s Rodrigo Leao boasted a match-high 15 points, while Douglas Souza chipped in 14 points.
In other matches today, Belarus (1-0) defeated Tunisia (0-2) 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 in Pool A at Tijuana, which will be followed by Poland (2-0) sweeping host Mexico (0-2) 25-15, 25-22, 25-22. In Pool B at Mexicali, Japan (1-1) rallied to defeat Turkey (1-1) 24-26, 24-26, 25-17, 26-24, 19-17 in a close battle, while Argentina (1-0) topped Cuba (0-2) 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 25-10, 15-10. In Pool C at Tijuana, France (2-0) rallied past Finland (0-2) 21-25, 23-25, 25-11, 25-14, 15-9 and Russia (1-0) blanked Iran (0-1) 25-19, 25-22, 25-19.
The U.S. went up 3-1 in the opening set with an Arnitz kill and Apfelbach ace, but Brazil came back to score the next two points to tie the set at 3-all. Brazil gained the lead at 7-4 on a 4-0 run. Team USA tied the match at 8-all with kills from Walsh and Arnitz around a Walsh block. Brazil served an ace and put up a block to push in front 13-10 at a Team USA timeout, then extended the advantage to 16-11 at the second technical timeout on a 6-1 run. Out of the break, Brazil increased its margin to 17-11 on its fourth straight point. The U.S. cut the deficit to 18-14 with back-to-back points. Brazil put together a 4-1 scoring run to extend the gap to 23-16. Brazil capped the set at 25-17.
Brazil scored three straight points including two aces to take a 4-1 lead to open the second set. Team USA closed to 5-4 with a Arnitz kill and Dion-Kindem block. Brazil went up 10-6 on three straight points including two blocks. Arnitz followed a Brazil attack error with a kill to cut the deficit to 10-8. However, Brazil scores next three points to go up 14-9 leading to a USA timeout. Brazil reached the second technical timeout leading 16-10. Team USA closed to 18-14 with a Walsh block. Brazil answered with its own 2-0 run to take a 20-14 advantage. The Americans narrowed the gap to three points at 22-19 on consecutive Brazil errors. An Arnitz kill and Harriman block closed the deficit to two points at 23-21, but Brazil would score the final two points for a 25-21 victory.
Brazil took a 4-1 lead to begin the third set and stretched the advantage to 7-2. Team USA roared back to close to 7-6 with two Brazil errors and blocks by Lammey and Dion-Kindem. Brazil stopped the run with five straight points to go up 12-6. Lammey and Arnitz scored consecutive kills to cut the gap to 12-8. The U.S. continued the charge with an Apfelbach kill and Dion-Kindem ace at 13-10. Brazil regained a six-point cushion at 18-12 with a 3-0 run. Back-to-back Brazil errors reduced its margin to 18-14, then Arnitz followed with a kill to pull the Americans to within three at 18-15. Nugent pounded a kill and Dion-Kindem put up a block to narrow the deficit to 20-18. Brazil scored consecutive points to reach set and match point at 24-20. Brazil closed the set and match at 25-21.
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: Belarus def. Tunisia 25-19, 25-12, 25-15
June 28: Poland def. Mexico 25-15, 25-22, 25-22
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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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.