MJNT Comes Up Short Against Brazil

By Darci Miller | Aug. 28, 2013, 11:32 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. 28, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) lost its chance to finish in the top eight at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under-21 World Championship on Wednesday, falling to Brazil, 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22).

The MJNT (2-3) will now compete for ninth-16th place and will next face Egypt (1-4) on Friday (Aug. 30) at 6 a.m. EDT. Live streaming can be found here.

“We tried to play little too fast and we took too many chances,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said. “But we weren’t successful. Brazil gained the momentum. They are a well-coached team and played very disciplined at the net.”

The MJNT converted 50 percent of its attacks to points, while Brazil converted 54.37 percent. Brazil had the advantage in blocks (11-4) and aces (6-2), and the teams were tied in errors with 25 apiece.

Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) led in scoring with 19 points on 17 kills and two blocks along with six digs. Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) added 13 points on 13 kills, plus one dig and a team-leading eight excellent receptions. Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block in addition to one dig. Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) contributed nine points on nine kills, plus five digs and six excellent receptions.

Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) added six points on five kills and one block. Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) chipped in two points on one kill and one ace in addition to one excellent reception. Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) scored two points on one kill and one ace, plus two digs and 14 running sets. Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed six digs and six excellent receptions.

Brazil was led by Alan Souza’s 31 points on 24 kills, five blocks and two aces, which is the tournament’s third best scoring performance so far.

Souza made the difference in the first set. The score was close at the second technical timeout, but Souza’s attacks led Brazil to a 25-22 victory. In the second set, the MJNT improved its serve reception and backline defense. Skillful setting by West helped deceive Brazil’s blockers and the MJNT took the second set, 25-23. But Brazil stormed back to take the third set 25-18, and finished off the match with a 25-22 fourth set win.

“I think in the third set we lost the fire,” West said. “They executed their game plan was very well. We didn’t respond well to them. It took us a while to pick up the pace again in the fourth set, and by that point it was just too late.”

Hanson started the same lineup in all four sets, with Gregory and Guessous at middle blocker, Patch at opposite, Henchy and Jaeschke at outside hitter, and West at setter with Ensbury as the libero. Russell and James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) subbed in each set, while D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) subbed in the first, second and fourth sets.

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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 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: Turkey def. China, 3-2
Aug. 26: India def. China, 3-0
Aug. 26: Morocco def. Egypt, 3-2

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: Iran def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 26: Argentina def. Estonia, 3-1

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: United States def. Canada, 3-0
Aug. 26: Serbia def. Rwanda, 3-0

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: France def. Brazil, 3-2
Aug. 26: Brazil def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 26: Italy def. Russia, 3-2

Round of 16
Aug. 28: Match 41, Iran def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 42, Brazil def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 43, Argentina def. China, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 44, Italy def. Serbia, 3-2
Aug. 28: Match 45, India def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 46, Russia def. Tunisia, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 47, Turkey def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 48, France def. Canada, 3-2

Round Robin 17-20
Aug. 29: Match 49, Morocco vs. Estonia, 11:00 a.m.
Aug. 29: Match 50, Rwanda vs. Venezuela, 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 30: Match 59, Morocco vs. Venezuela, 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 30: Match 60, Estonia vs. Rwanda, 11:00 a.m.
Aug. 31: Match 61, Estonia vs. Venezuela, 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 31: Match 62, Morocco vs. Rwanda, 11:00 a.m.

Aug. 30: Match 51, Iran vs. Brazil, 11:00 a.m.
Aug. 30: Match 52, Argentina vs. Italy, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 30: Match 53, India vs. Russia, 4:00 p.m.
Aug. 30: Match 54, Turkey vs. France, 7:00 p.m.

Classification 9-16
Aug. 30: Match 55, Egypt vs. United States, 1:00 p.m.
Aug. 30: Match 56, China vs. Serbia, 3:00 p.m.
Aug. 30: Match 57, Japan vs. Tunisia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 30: Match 58, Mexico vs. Canada, 7:00 p.m.

Classification 5-8
Aug. 31: Match 63, L51 vs. L52, 11:00 a.m.
Aug. 31: Match 65, L53 vs. L54, 1:30 p.m.

Classification 13-16
Aug. 31: Match 64, L55 vs. L56, 1:00 p.m.
Aug. 31: Match 66, L57 vs. L58, 3:00 p.m.

Aug. 31: Match 67, W51 vs. W52, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 31: Match 69, W53 vs. W54, 7:00 p.m.

Classification 9-12
Aug. 31: Match 68, W55 vs. W56, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 31: Match 70, W57 vs. W58, 7:00 p.m.

Finals 1-16
Sept. 1: Match 71, Place 15-16: L64 vs. L66, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 1: Match 72, Place 13-14: W64 vs. W66, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 73, Place 11-12: L68 vs. L70, 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 74, Place 9-10: W68 vs. W70, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 75, Place 7-8: L63 vs. L65, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 1: Match 76, Place 5-6: W63 vs. W65, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 77, Place 3-4: L67 vs. L69, 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 78, Place 1-2: W67 vs. W69, 7:00 p.m.