Boys' Youth Team Wins NORCECA Gold
Team USA finished the tournament with a record of 4-0 and went 12-0 in sets. Cuba finished 4-1. Both teams were already qualified for the 2015 FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship.
| The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team shows off its hardware.
U.S. outside hitter T.J. DeFalco (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Best Spiker. Middle blocker Scott Stadick (Watertown, Wis.) was named Best Blocker. Outside hitter Jordan Ewert (Antioch, Calif.) won Best Receiver. Micah Ma’a (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was named Best Setter and Josh Tuaniga (Long Beach, Calif.) took Best Server.
The U.S. led in kills (53-31), aces (6-1) and digs (32-18). Cuba led in blocks (8-7).
“We did a good job of following the game plan that (assistant coaches) Kris Berzins and Brad Keller came up with,” U.S. Head Coach Ken Shibuya said. “Cuba is a good and powerful team. The kind of team we don’t get to experience in our country. We were excited to play them.”
A tight first set saw Cuba leading 23-22 when the United States called timeout. DeFalco came back with a kill to tie the score. DeFalco tipped the ball on the next play to take set point and Cuba called timeout. However a third straight DeFalco spike gave the U.S. the set victory.
The second set was tied 10-10 when Branden Oberender (Simi Valley, Calif.) scored with a kill, then took the serve and the U.S. scored three more points on two blocks from Stadick and a kill from Ewert. Cuba got close, but never took the lead again as the U.S. jumped to a 5-1 victory in the third set.
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“Congratulations to the USA. They played amazing today,” Cuba Coach Roberto Garcia Garci said. “We didn’t win the tournament but we are still very happy because we qualified for Worlds. Congratulations to my team as well.”
DeFalco and Ewert each finished with 18 points for the United States. DeFalco had 16 kills and two blocks. Ewert had 16 kills, one block and one ace. Ma’a added 10 points on five kills, two blocks and a match-high three aces.
Stadick scored nine points on five attacks, two blocks and two aces. Oberender and Dane Leclair (Rochester, N.Y.) each scored four points. Opposite Pat Gasman (Clovis, Calif.) added three points.
Libero Joe Worsley (Moraga, Calif.) was credited with 10 digs and 21 excellent receptions. DeFalco led in excellent receptions with 25. Ma’a was credited with 20 running sets and one fault on 70 attempts.
U.S. Boys' Youth National Team
|1||T.J.||DeFalco||OH||6-3||2015||Huntington Beach, CA||The HBC||Southern California|
|3||Collin||Mahan||OH||6-3||2015||Victor, NY||Pace Bootlegger||Western Empire|
|5||Brett||Rosenmeier||OH||6-4||2015||Virginia Beach, VA||Coastal||Old Dominion|
|6||Patrick||Gasman||Rightside/Middle||6-10||2015||Clovis, CA||Pacific Rim||Northern California|
|7||Dane||Leclair||Rightside||6-3||2015||Rochester, NY||Pace Bootlegger||Western Empire|
|9||Micah||Ma'a||Setter||6-3||2015||Kaneohe, HI||Ka Ulukoa||Aloha|
|10||Joshua||Tuaniga||Setter||6-2||2015||Long Beach, CA||The HBC||Southern California|
|13||Bryant||Ekstein||Middle||6-5||2015||Virginia Beach, VA||Coastal||Old Dominion|
|14||Scott||Stadick||Middle||6-10||2016||Watertown, WI||West Allis||Badger|
|15||Branden||Oberender||Middle||6-5||2015||Simi Valley, CA||Bones||Southern California|
|17||Joseph||Worsley||Libero||5-10||2015||Moraga, CA||Pacific Rim||Northern California|
|19||Jordan||Ewert||OH||6-3||2015||Antioch, CA||Pacific Rim||Northern California|
Head coach: Ken Shibuya
Assistant coach: Kris Berzins
Assistant coach: Brad Keller
Team manager: Randy Nako
Team doctor: Julie Chuan
Schedule and Results for the 2014 NORCECA Boys’ U19 Continental Championship
(All times CT)
Pool B: Mexico def. Barbados, 25-17, 25-16, 25-14
Pool B: Cuba def. Guatemala, 25-14, 25-12, 25-13
Pool A: USA def. Nicaragua, 25-13, 25-11, 25-13
Pool B: Cuba def. Barbados, 25-13, 25-21, 25-17
Pool A: Puerto Rico def. Nicaragua, 25-14, 30-28, 25-18
Pool B: Mexico def. Guatemala, 25-16, 25-15, 25-12
Pool B: Guatemala def. Barbados, 25-21, 18-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-13
Pool B: Cuba def. Mexico, 25-17, 19-25, 10-25, 25-17, 18-16
Pool A: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18
July 17 Quarterfinals
Mexico def Nicaragua, 25-18, 25-17, 25-22
Puerto Rico def Guatemala, 25-15, 25-16, 25-11
Fifth-place match: Nicaragua def Guatemala, 25-21, 25-18, 28-26
Semifinal: Cuba def Puerto Rico, 25-21, 25-17, 25-15
Semifinal: USA def Mexico, 25-22, 25-14, 25-21
July 19 Finals
Mexico def Puerto Rico, 22-25, 25-21, 27-25, 16-25, 15-6
USA def Cuba, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20