MJNT Drops Hard-Fought Battle with Serbia

By Darci Miller | Aug. 23, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

Darci Miller, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: darci.miller@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 23, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) continued pool play at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under 21 World Championship on Friday, falling to Serbia 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17).

The United States (1-1) will next face Tunisia in Pool C on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. EDT. Live streaming can be found here.

The MJNT converted 41.56 percent of its attacks for points, while Serbia converted 54.12 percent. Serbia also led in attacks (46-32), blocks (9-8) and aces (6-2), and had fewer errors (14-21).

“In the first two sets we played well enough,” Junior National Team Head Coach Pete Hanson said. “In the third set we got behind and could not come back. Serbia was stronger. Compared with yesterday, we played better. Our performance was better. I think we made some steps forward compared with yesterday’s match.”

Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) led the MJNT in scoring with 16 points on 13 kills, two blocks and one ace. Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) had eight points on seven kills and one block. Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) contributed six points on five kills and one block in addition to one excellent reception. Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) scored five points on four kills and one block.

Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) added four points on two kills, one block and one ace in addition to five excellent receptions. Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) scored two points on two blocks in addition to nine running sets. Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) chipped in one point on a kill. Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led the team with nine excellent receptions and three digs.

Serbia controlled much of the first set, leading the MJNT by as many as six points at 20-14. The MJNT scored the next four consecutive points to narrow the gap and staved off set point twice, but a serving error gave Serbia a first set 25-23 win. In the second set, the MJNT maintained a slim lead early on but Serbia managed a late advantage. The MJNT was again able to stave off set point, but another serving error handed Serbia another 25-23 set win. The third set belonged to Serbia from the get-go, as they led by as many as eight points. The MJNT was unable to rally and Serbia took the final set 25-17.

Serbia was led by outside hitter Uros Kovacevic’s 17 points on 15 kills and two aces.

Hanson started West at setter, Jaeschke and Russell at outside hitter, Patch at opposite, and Guessous and Gregory at middle blocker with Ensbury as the libero. The starters for sets one and two remained the same, and Henchy started the third set. James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) and D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) subbed in each set, Kyle Russell (Loomis, Calif.) subbed in the first, and Jaeschke subbed in the third.

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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)

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)

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 Pool Play 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 vs. Egypt, 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: Egypt vs. India, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: China vs. Turkey, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: India vs. China, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Morocco vs. Egypt, 2:30 p.m.

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: Japan vs. Argentina, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Mexico vs. Estonia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: Argentina vs. Mexico, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: Iran vs. Japan, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Mexico vs. Iran, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Estonia vs. Argentina, 7:30 p.m.

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: Tunisia vs. Serbia, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Canada vs. Rwanda, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Serbia vs. Canada, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 25: United States vs. Tunisia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Canada vs. United States, 12:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Rwanda vs. Serbia, 2:30 p.m.

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: France vs. Russia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 24: Venezuela vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Russia vs. Venezuela, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Brazil vs. France, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: Venezuela vs. Brazil, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 26: Italy vs. Russia, 7:30 p.m.

Round Robin 17th-20th (Aug. 29-31)
The fifth-ranked teams after the first round will play a round robin to determine the classification 17th-20th.

Semifinals and Playoffs (Aug. 30-31)
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 (Sept. 1)
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.