MJNT Falls to Tunisia at Worlds

By Darci Miller | Aug. 25, 2013, 1:26 p.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. 25, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) lost another tough pool play match at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under-21 World Championship on Sunday, falling to Tunisia 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-22).

The United States is now 1-2 in Pool C and will next face Canada on Monday (Aug. 26) at 5 a.m. EDT. Live streaming can be found here.

The MJNT converted 45.87 percent of its attacks for points, while Tunisia converted only 38.66 percent. The MJNT also led in blocks (11-6) and made fewer errors (26-32). Tunisia led in aces, 7-2.

“[We were] very inconsistent today,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said. “Our passes were not very good. In set three, we found some rhythm but we just couldn’t sustain it. Over time, Tunisia was the better team.

“For the next match against Canada, we need to try to play our way and get some momentum. We know we put ourselves in a tough position to play with the teams in pool D and hopefully we can improve ourselves for tomorrow. We have nothing to lose now. We’ll try as hard as we can.”

Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) led all players in scoring with 13 points on 10 kills and three blocks in addition to five excellent receptions. Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) added 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks along with five excellent receptions. Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block.

Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) contributed eight points on eight kills in addition to two excellent receptions. Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) chipped in eight points on seven kills and one block. Nick Olson added four points on four kills. Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) added four points on one kill and three blocks. Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) scored two points on one block and one ace in addition to 21 running sets. James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) added one point on an ace. Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed seven digs and four excellent receptions.

It was a tight match from the get-go, as neither team was able to build much of a lead in the beginning of set one. Tunisia pulled ahead at 17-14, but the MJNT scored four consecutive points to retake the lead at 18-17. After another seesaw battle to close out the set, Tunisia earned a 25-23 win. Tunisia had the advantage in the second set, leading by as many as six points. The MJNT was able to stave off set point once but ultimately fell 25-19.

The MJNT came out strong in the third set, building a lead that stretched to as many as nine points. On match point, Tunisia served into the net, giving the MJNT an easy 25-16 third set win. The fourth set was another tight battle with Tunisia maintaining a slight edge. The MJNT rallied late but was unable to take control, falling 25-22.

Tunisia’s scoring was led by Garfi Elyes’ 12 points on 11 kills and one ace, along with four excellent receptions.

Hanson started Gregory and Guessous at middle blocker, Patch at opposite, Russell and Jaeschke at outside hitter, and West at setter with Ensbury as the libero. Henchy subbed in the first set and started the final three. The lineup of Guessous, Henchy, Olson, Patch, Russell and West started the last two sets. Gregory subbed in the fourth, as did Jaeschke. D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) subbed in the second and fourth, while Shaw subbed in all four sets.

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)

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 def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 25: India def. Egypt, 3-1
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Russia def. France, 3-0
Aug. 24: Italy def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 25: Russia def. Venezuela, 3-1
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.