MJNT Cruises in NORCECA Opener
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team handled Nicaragua in a straight-set victory, 25-13, 25-12, 25-20, on Tuesday afternoon, to open the U-21 NORCECA Continental Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador.
“It was a great first match for the guys,” U.S. Head Coach Daniel Friend said. “We found a good rhythm and were able to get used to the gym and environment.”
Team USA dominated in every aspect of the match, leading in kills (38-19), blocks (5-1) and aces (5-1).
Outside hitter Brenden Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) had a total of nine points to lead the U.S. in scoring with six kills, two aces and one block. Storm Faagata (Long Beach, Calif.), outside hitter, was right behind Sander in kills with five, on 12 attempts.
Libero Evan Enriques (Pahala, Hawaii) had one dig and had a total of five excellent receptions on 10 attempts. Faagata had three excellent receptions on six serve receptions.
Kyle Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) added two offensive points for team USA with two aces on six service attempts. Middle blocker Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, Ill.) had one ace on six attempts.
Setters Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Christian Blough (Ontario, N.Y.) had a combined 15 running sets on 49 attempts with two faults for the match. Dion-Kindem converted eight running sets on 32 attempts, while Blough added seven on 17 attempts.
Cuba is next on the United States’ schedule, as the two teams face off at 8 p.m. CT on Wednesday night.
“We’re looking forward to playing a physical Cuba team tomorrow,” Friend said.
The two pool winners with the highest ranking at the end of prelims will advance directly to the semifinal round, while pool winners with the lowest ranking will join the second placed teams in the quarterfinals.
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|
|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|
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)
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
2 p.m. Mexico v Nicaragua (Pool C)
4 p.m. St. Lucia v Canada (Pool B)
6 p.m. Honduras v Barbados (Pool A)
8 p.m. USA v Cuba (Pool C)
2 p.m. Cuba v Nicaragua (Pool C)
4 p.m. Canada v Puerto Rico (Pool B)
6 p.m. USA v Mexico (Pool C)
8 p.m. El Salvador v Honduras (Pool A)
3 p.m. Ninth-place match
5 p.m. Quarterfinal
7 p.m. Quarterfinal
3 p.m. Seventh-place match
5 p.m. Semifinal
7 p.m. Semifinal
3 p.m. Fifth-place match
5 p.m. Bronze medal match
7 p.m. Gold medal match