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MJNT Finishes Worlds with Victory

By Darci Miller | Sept. 01, 2013, 2:03 p.m. (ET)

Darci Miller, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: darci.miller@usav.org
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MJNT Press Kit - Official FIVB Stats

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 1, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) wrapped up the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under-21 World Championship with a win on Sunday, defeating Canada 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-18) to finish 11th.

The MJNT (4-4) converted 46.15 percent of its attacks for points and held Canada to only 28.97 percent. The teams were tied in aces (2), and the MJNT led in blocks (8-2) and had 16 errors to Canada’s 29.

"I want to give credit to the U.S. players for playing well right from the start and playing well throughout,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said in an FIVB press release. “It was a great way to finish for USA Volleyball, I’m glad for that.”

Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) led all players in scoring with 12 points on 11 kills and one block, along with two digs and a team-leading nine excellent receptions. Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) scored seven points on seven kills, plus four digs. Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) scored six points on three kills, one block and two aces, in addition to two digs and three excellent receptions. Kyle Russell (Loomis, Calif.) contributed five points on four kills and one block, along with two digs and one excellent reception.

Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) scored five points on three kills and two blocks, plus one dig. Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) added four points on four kills in addition to three digs and two excellent receptions. Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) contributed four points on three kills and one block. James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) chipped in three points on one kill and two blocks, plus two digs, one excellent reception and 11 running sets. Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed a team-high seven digs and eight excellent receptions. Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) added two digs.

Canada was led by Jarrid Ireland and Bradley Gunter, who each scored 10 points on 10 kills.

In the teams’ previous matchup during pool play, the MJNT also earned a three-set victory.

“It’s always fun to play against North America,” MJNT captain Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) said in an FIVB press release. “I think we played very well. Everybody on the team contributed their best to the game in a positive way. I think everyone played tactically and psychologically. I think we did a great job.”

Hanson started Guessous and Olson at middle blocker, Patch at opposite, Henchy and Jaeschke at outside hitter and Shaw at setter with Ensbury as the libero. Henchy, Olson and Shaw started all three sets, while Guessous and Jaeschke started the first two and Patch started the first and third. Gregory started the third set. Kyle Russell subbed in the first and third while starting the second, Aaron Russell subbed in the second and started the third, and D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) subbed in all three sets.

In its previous appearances at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship, the MJNT has finished eighth (2005, 2009), seventh (1977, 1981, 2007) and fourth (2011).

For more information about the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship, click here.

2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Name (Position, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
2 - Taylor Gregory (MB, Saugus, Calif., Long Beach State University, SCVA)
4 - Tony Ensbury (L, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Princeton University, SCVA)
5 - Driss Guessous (MB, Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
6 - Michael Henchy (OH, Ventura, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
8 - Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., Loyola University, Chicago, Badger)
9 - Ben Patch (Opp, Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, Intermountain)
12 - Aaron Russell (OH, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State University, Chesapeake)
14 - James Shaw (S, Woodside, Calif., Stanford University, NCVA)
15 - Kyle Russell (OH, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine, NCVA)
16 - Tom Jaeschke (OH, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola University, Chicago, Great Lakes)
17 - Matt West (S, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine University, Puget Sound)
18 - D.J. White (OH, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Harvard University, SCVA)

Alternates
1 - Brennan Anderson (L, Newport Beach, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
10 - Greg Petty (OH, Downers Grove, Ill., Lewis University, Great Lakes)
20 - Bobby Walsh (MB, Chicago, Ill., Lewis University, Great Lakes)

Staff
Head Coach: Pete Hanson (Ohio State University)
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron (Ohio State University)
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack (Penn State University)
Technical Assistant: Jacob Schick
Team Manager: Collin Powers (USA Volleyball)
Head of Delegation: Tom Tait

2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship Schedule (all times listed are local)

Pool A (at Ankara, Turkey – Baskent Volleyball Hall)
Aug. 22: China def. Morocco, 3-1
Aug. 22: Turkey def. India, 3-0
Aug. 23: Egypt def. China, 3-2
Aug. 23: Turkey def. Morocco, 3-0
Aug. 24: India vs. Morocco, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: Turkey def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 25: India def. Egypt, 3-1
Aug. 25: Turkey def. China, 3-2
Aug. 26: India def. China, 3-0
Aug. 26: Morocco def. Egypt, 3-2

Pool B (at Ankara, Turkey – Baskent Volleyball Hall)
Aug. 22: Iran def. Estonia, 3-1
Aug. 22: Japan def. Mexico, 3-1
Aug. 23: Estonia def. Japan, 3-2
Aug. 23: Iran def. Argentina, 3-0
Aug. 24: Argentina def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 24: Mexico def. Estonia, 3-1
Aug. 25: Argentina def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 25: Iran def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 26: Iran def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 26: Argentina def. Estonia, 3-1

Pool C (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: United States def. Rwanda, 3-1
Aug. 22: Canada def. Tunisia, 3-1
Aug. 23: Tunisia def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 23: Serbia def. United States, 3-0
Aug. 24: Serbia def. Tunisia, 3-0
Aug. 24: Canada def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 25: Serbia def. Canada, 3-1
Aug. 25: Tunisia def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 26: United States def. Canada, 3-0
Aug. 26: Serbia def. Rwanda, 3-0

Pool D (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: Brazil def. Italy, 3-0
Aug. 22: France def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 23: France def. Italy, 3-0
Aug. 23: Russia def. Brazil, 3-2
Aug. 24: Russia def. France, 3-0
Aug. 24: Italy def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 25: Russia def. Venezuela, 3-1
Aug. 25: France def. Brazil, 3-2
Aug. 26: Brazil def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 26: Italy def. Russia, 3-2

Round of 16
Aug. 28: Match 41, Iran def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 42, Brazil def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 43, Argentina def. China, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 44, Italy def. Serbia, 3-2
Aug. 28: Match 45, India def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 46, Russia def. Tunisia, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 47, Turkey def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 48, France def. Canada, 3-2

Round Robin 17-20
Aug. 29: Match 49, Estonia def. Morocco, 3-2
Aug. 29: Match 50, Rwanda def. Venezuela, 3-2
Aug. 30: Match 59, Venezuela def. Morocco, 3-1
Aug. 30: Match 60, Estonia def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 61, Estonia def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 62, Morocco def. Rwanda, 3-0

Quarterfinals
Aug. 30: Match 51, Brazil def. Iran, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 52, Italy def. Argentina, 3-2
Aug. 30: Match 53, Russia def. India, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 54, France def. Turkey, 3-0

Classification 9-16
Aug. 30: Match 55, United States def. Egypt, 3-1
Aug. 30: Match 56, Serbia def. China, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 57, Tunisia def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 58, Canada def. Mexico, 3-1

Classification 5-8
Aug. 31: Match 63, Iran def. Argentina, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 65, Turkey def. India, 3-0

Classification 13-16
Aug. 31: Match 64, Egypt def. China, 3-2
Aug. 31: Match 66, Japan def. Mexico, 3-2

Semifinals
Aug. 31: Match 67, Brazil def. Italy, 3-1
Aug. 31: Match 69, Russia def. France, 3-1

Classification 9-12
Aug. 31: Match 68, Serbia def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 31: Match 70, Japan def. Canada, 3-2

Finals 1-16
Sept. 1: Match 71, Place 15-16: China def. Mexico, 3-2
Sept. 1: Match 72, Place 13-14: Tunisia def. Egypt, 3-2
Sept. 1: Match 73, Place 11-12: United States def. Canada, 3-0
Sept. 1: Match 74, Place 9-10: Serbia def. Japan, 3-0
Sept. 1: Match 75, Place 7-8: Argentina def. India, 3-2
Sept. 1: Match 76, Place 5-6: Iran def. Turkey, 3-1
Sept. 1: Match 77, Place 3-4: Italy def. France, 3-1
Sept. 1: Match 78, Place 1-2: Russia def. Brazil, 3-0

Final Standings
1 - Russia
2 - Brazil
3 - Italy
4 - France
5 - Iran
6 - Turkey
7 - Argentina
8 - India
9 - Serbia
10 - Japan
11 - United States
12 - Canada
13 - Tunisia
14 - Egypt
15 - China
16 - Mexico
17 - Estonia
18 - Morocco
19 - Venezuela
20 - Rwanda

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