U.S. Boys' Youth Volleyball Team Drops 3-1 Match to Egypt

By Bill Kauffman | June 30, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 30, 2013) - The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team lost to Egypt 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17 Sunday evening in Pool D of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Mexicali, Mexico.

The U.S., now 1-2 in pool play, will need to win its final Pool D match against Korea on Monday at 2 p.m. PT to guarantee a spot into the Round of 16 playoffs and remain in contention for the medal round. Earlier today Korea (2-1) lost to Brazil (3-0) 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 in a battle of undefeated teams.

Egypt used a 7-0 run with three aces to overcome a 13-12 deficit to win the opening set that included six aces overall and a 4-1 block advantage. The U.S. made two large comebacks in the second set. After falling behind 12-5 as Egypt put up three early blocks in the set, the Americans came back to within one at 13-12. However, Egypt rebuilt its lead to 19-14, but the U.S. scored eight of the final 10 points to win 25-23. Egypt surged to a 16-9 lead in the third set and never allowed the Americans back in the set in win 25-16. Egypt went up 4-0 in the fourth set and led 22-9 before the U.S. made things interesting down the stretch in the 25-17 final set.

Jacob Arnitz (Yorba Linda, Calif.) paced the Americans with 20 points, including 18 kills on 43 attacks, one block and one ace. Karl Apfelbach (Shorewood, Wis.) added nine kills on 21 swings in the loss. Connor Lammey (West Grove, Pa.) contributed four kills, two blocks and an ace for seven points, while Evan Enriques Panalu’u Hawaii) tallied six kills and one ace for seven points. Matt Walsh (Chicago) provided two kills and two blocks for four points, followed by Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) with three kills. Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Ken Pia (Johns Creek, Ga.) each scored a kill, while Curtis Stallings (Chesapeake, Va.) put up one block.

Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) secured a team-high six digs and 24 excellent receptions on 40 attempts, while Soren Dion-Kindem totaled 12 running sets on 66 attempts.

The U.S. started Lammey and Walsh at middle blocker, Enriques and Arnitz at outside hitter, Apfelbach at opposite and Dion-Kindem at setter. Dagastino is the team’s designated libero for the tournament. Pia was a sub in the second and fourth sets while starting the third set. Christy Blough (Ontario, N.Y.) was a sub in the third set and started the fourth set. Stallings subbed in the second set and started the third set. Nugent was a sub in all four sets.

Egypt’s block played a huge role with a 13-6 advantage, as did its serve with a 6-3 ace margin. Egypt out-attacked the Americans 53-44 in the victory.

Shehabeldeen Mohamed led Egypt with 18 points, while Abouelsoud totaled 15 points and Saad Ahmed added 14 points.

In other matches today, China (2-1) topped Belgium (2-1) 25-23, 25-15, 25-21 in Pool A while Mexico (0-3) hosts Tunisia (0-2) at 7 p.m. PT. In Pool B, Argentina (2-0) beat Chile (2-1) 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 and Cuba (0-2) faces Japan (1-2) at 7 p.m. PT. In Pool C, Russia (3-0) stopped Rwanda (0-3) 25-13, 25-18, 25-16 and Iran (2-1) handled France (2-2) 25-20, 25-18, 25-15.

Egypt gained an early 3-1 lead in the opening set with two USA errors and an ace, but the U.S. knotted the score at 4-all with an Arnitz kill and Egypt error. Egypt responded with the next three points for a 7-4 advantage. Arnitz scored his third kill around two Egypt errors to level the score at 7-all. Team USA went into the first technical timeout leading 8-7 on Egypt’s fifth error of the set as part of a 4-0 run. Egypt came out of the break with two consecutive U.S. errors to take the lead at 9-8. The lead shifted to the U.S. at 10-9 with an Egypt service and attack error. Egypt regained the lead at 12-11 following a wide U.S. attack. Team USA reversed the lead at 13-12 with an Apfelbach kill and Lammey ace. However, Mexico put down a kill and followed with its third and fourth aces to go up 15-13 leading to a USA timeout. Egypt added a fourth straight point with a kill heading into the second technical timeout up 16-13. Egypt put up a block and Abouelsoud served his fourth ace out the break to go up 18-13. USA called its second timeout trailing 19-13 as Egypt rolled off seven unanswered points. Apfelbach stopped the run with a kill and Arnitz followed with a block to close to 19-15. Egypt answered with two straight points including its sixth ace to go up 21-15. Egypt reached set points at 24-16 with two straight points. Egypt ended the set at 25-18.

Egypt secured the first two-point cushion of the second set at 4-2 and expanded the lead to 10-3 as part of an 8-1 run. Team USA knocked three points off the deficit with kills by Arnitz and Lammey around an Egypt error at 12-8. Arnitz added a fourth straight point with a kill and Egypt committed an error to close the gap to 12-10 on a 5-0 American run. The U.S. moved to within one with an Egypt error and Stallings block at 13-12. Egypt returned to a four-point edge at 16-12 with three consecutive points. Egypt expanded its lead to 19-15 on a 3-0 run as part of an overall 5-1 push. Enriques scored a kill after an Egypt service error to close the gap to 19-16. Enriques and Arnitz picked up back-to-back kills and Enriques served an ace to close the gap to 21-20. Egypt then committed consecutive errors to yield a 22-21 American lead as part of a 5-0 run. Enriques and Arnitz closed out the set with two kills to win 25-23.

Egypt staked itself to a 4-1 advantage early in the third set with four unanswered points and increased the margin to 8-4 at the first technical timeout. Egypt inched its lead to five points at 12-7 with back-to-back points, then pushed to 16-9 at the second technical timeout on a 3-0 run. Egypt widened the gap to eight points at 23-15 and ended the set with a 25-16 win.

Egypt scored the first four points of the fourth set that included three American errors. The U.S. closed to 7-5 with an Enriques kill and Lammey block, but Egypt moved to a five-point cushion at 10-5 with three straight points. The U.S. moved to 10-7 with an Egypt service and attack errors. Egypt answered with two quick points to force the United States to call timeout down 12-7. Egypt added two more point to the lead on a US net violation and block, then scored a fifth and sixth straight points on kills to reach the second technical timeout leading 16-7. Egypt’s lead reached double-digits at 18-8. Egypt kept the pressure on to reach a 22-9 lead. The Americans scored five unanswered points to close to 22-14, but the Egyptians closed out the set 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.