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MJNT Advances to Quarterfinals With Victory Over Mexico

By Jessica Hall | Aug. 01, 2014, 10:54 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 1, 2014) – Outside hitter Storm Faagata propelled the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team to a 3-1 victory over Mexico, 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-11, at the U21 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championships on Thursday to claim second place of Pool C.

The U.S. Men (2-1) will play El Salvador (1-1) on Friday at 5 p.m. (CST) in the quarterfinals. The winner of the match will play Canada in the semifinals.

Team USA dominated in all aspects of the game, leading in kills (43-36), blocks (11-7), and aces (5-2).

“I’m excited for today’s victory,” Head Coach Daniel Friend said. “Mexico had beaten us in the last two tournaments, one in NORCECA and two years ago in a World Championships. This time we won and I am very proud of my team.”

Faagata (Long Beach, Calif.) had a total of 20 points to lead the U.S. in scoring with 18 kills, one block and one ace.  Outside hitter Brenden Sander contributed 15 points with 11 kills, three blocks and one ace.

Setter Soren Kindem-Dion (Agoura Hills, Calif.) had 13 running sets on 92 attempts with no faults for the match.

Kindem-Dion and middle blocker Jeffrey Jendryk each contributed two blocks apiece to add to the 11 block total for team USA.

Libero Evan Enriques (Pahala, Hawaii) led the U.S. in digs with 11 and had 13 excellent receptions on 18 total attempts.

"We played well, with great energy and attitude,” U.S. team captain Kindem-Dion said. “The set we lost helped us to focus more in the next one. We have a good level on our team and that gives us confidence."

The United States is the defending champion of the event, which was last held in 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

2014 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team

No.

First

Last

Position

HS Grad Year

City

State

Club or School

USAV Region

2

Andy

Benesh

Middle

2013

Rancho Palos Verdes

CA

Univ. of Southern Cal

Southern Cal

3

Christian

Blough

Setter

2013

Ontario

NY

Ohio State Univ.

Western Emp.

5

Kyle

Dagostino

Libero

2014

Tampa

FL

Tampa Bay Invaders

Florida

6

Soren

Dion-Kindem

Setter

2017

Agoura Hills

CA

Pepperdine Univ.

Southern Cal

7

Evan

Enriques

Libero

2014

Pahala

HI

Ka Ulukoa VBC

Aloha

8

Storm

Faagata

Leftside

2014

Long Beach

CA

SCVC

Southern Cal

9

Kupono

Fey

Outside

2013

Honolulu

HI

Univ. of Hawaii

Aloha

12

Jeff

Jendryk

Middle

2014

Wheaton

IL

Sports Perf. VC

Great Lakes

13

George

Perinar

Rightside

2014

Channahon

IL

Ultimate VBC

Great Lakes

14

Ben

Plaisted

Rightside

2014

Wauwatosa

WI

Milwaukee VC

Badger

15

Kevin

Rakestraw

Middle

2013

Newport Beach

CA

Stanford Univ.

Southern Cal

16

Brenden

Sander

Leftside

2014

Huntington Beach

CA

Balboa Bay VC

Southern Cal

Staff
Head Coach: Dan Friend
Team Leader: Tom Tait
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack
Assistant Coach: Sam Shweisky
Team Doctor: Jodi Pelegrin
Statistician: Tyler Adams

Schedule and Results for the 2014 NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship
(All times CT)
July 29
2 p.m. USA v Nicaragua (Pool C)- 25-12, 25-13, 25-20
4 p.m. Puerto Rico v St. Lucia (Pool B)- 25-10, 25-15, 25-12
6 p.m. Mexico v Cuba (Pool C)- 17-25, 13-25, 25-23, 16-25 
8 p.m. Barbados v El Salvador (Pool A)- 25-21, 15-25, 25-17, 25-20

July 30
2 p.m. Mexico v Nicaragua (Pool C)- 25-11, 25-19, 25-11
4 p.m. St. Lucia v Canada (Pool B)- 10-25, 7-25, 8-25
6 p.m. Honduras v Barbados (Pool A)- 25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 19-25
8 p.m. USA v Cuba (Pool C)- 13-25, 16-25, 18-25

July 31
2 p.m. Cuba v Nicaragua (Pool C)- 25-6, 25-10, 25-11
4 p.m. Canada v Puerto Rico (Pool B)- 25-23, 25-37, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10
6 p.m. USA v Mexico (Pool C)- 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-11
8 p.m. El Salvador v Honduras (Pool A)- 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19

Aug. 1
3 p.m. Honduras v St. Lucia
5 p.m. USA v El Salvador
7 p.m. Barbados v Puerto Rico

Aug. 2
3 p.m. Seventh-place match
5 p.m. Semifinal
7 p.m. Semifinal

Aug. 3
3 p.m. Fifth-place match
5 p.m. Bronze medal match
7 p.m. Gold medal match

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