Men's Junior Team Succumbs to Chile

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | May 08, 2019, 11 p.m. (ET)
Canyon Tuman attacks for the U.S. Men's Junior Team
Middle blocker Canyon Tuman attacks against Chile off a set from Taylor Ittner.
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 8, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team couldn’t hold off a surge from Chile on Thursday and fell at the Under 21 Pan American Cup, 24-26, 17-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-10 in Peru.

The U.S. cannot qualify for the 2019 U21 World Championship and will now battle for fifth place. On Friday, it will play Peru at 4 p.m. CT. The match will be shown on FloVolleyball.tv, a subscription service.

“We’re obviously disappointed we’re not playing for the bid,” U.S. Head Coach Spencer McLachlin said. “We got beaten by a better team who made some good adjustments. Hat’s off to Chile.”

Opposite Brett Wildman paced the U.S., scoring a match-high 26 points on a match-high 20 kills, two blocks and a match-high four aces. Middle blocker Daniel Matheney added 13 points, including three blocks. Outside hitter Ryan Wilcox scored 12 points, including 10 kills.

The U.S. led Chile in kills (53-45) and aces (9-5). Chile led in blocks (10-7) and had 37 errors as opposed to the United States’ 47.

Setter Taylor Ittner praised the work of his middle blockers.

“Our middles are doing a great job of being open and available,” Ittner said. “They were working hard every play to get up for me.”

STARTERS FOR U.S. VS CHILE
Outside Hitters: Ryan Wilcox and Devin Joslyn
Middle Blockers: Daniel Matheney and Canyon Tuman
Opposite: Brett Wildman
Setter: Taylor Ittner
Libero: Garland Peed
Substitutes: Outside hitter Kevin Lamp and middle blocker J.T. Martin

STATISTICS FOR U.S. VS CHILE
Kills: Wildman 20, Wilcox 10, Matheney 9, Joslyn 6, Tuman 4, Ittner 3, Lamp 1
Blocks: Matheney 3, Wilcox 2, Wildman 2
Aces: Wildman 4, Lamp 2, Joslyn 2, Matheney 1
Digs: Peed 17, Wilcox 9, Ittner 6, Joslyn 4, Wildman 2, Lamp 1, Tuman 1

 No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Kevin Kauling (S, 6-8, Naperville, Ill., committed to Lewis)
3 Garland Peed (L, 6-2, San Diego, Calif., UCLA)
4 Ryan Wilcox (OH, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, UCSB)
8 Taylor Ittner (S, 6-4, Meadow Vista, Calif., CSUN)
9 Kevin Lamp (OH, 6-5, Lake Forest, Ill., committed to Stanford)
13 Brett Wildman (OH, 6-5, Virginia Beach, Va., Penn State)
14 Luke Denton (Opp, 6-6, Mesa, Ariz., Loyola Chicago)
15C Devin Joslyn (OH, 6-6, Angola, N.Y., Loyola Chicago)
17 Canyon Tuman (MB, 6-6, Sewickley, Pa., Penn State)
19 Daniel Matheney (MB, 6-7, Hawthorne, Calif., UCLA)
20 J.T. Martin (MB, 6-8, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Pepperdine)
21 Michael Sack (MB, 6-8, Burbank, Ill., committed to Lewis)

Head Coach: Spencer McLachlin (UCLA)
Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman (USAV HP)
Second Assistant: Benjamin Duckworth (Lindenwood)
Team Manager: Paula Schwan
Statistician: Alex Hurlburt (Northwestern)
Physiotherapist: Tiara Rolle 

Men's U21 Pan American Cup
Schedule (All times CT)
Pool Play

May 5
Puerto Rico def USA, 27-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20
4 p.m. Canada v Chile
6 p.m. Cuba v Dominican Republic
8 p.m. Peru v Colombia

May 6
2 p.m. Colombia v Canada
4 p.m. Puerto Rico v Cuba
USA def Dominican Republic, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23
8 p.m. Peru v Chile

May 7
2 p.m. Chile v Colombia
4 p.m. Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic
6 p.m. Cuba def USA, 25-21, 25-15, 25-19
8 p.m. Peru v Canada

May 8
4 p.m. Chile def USA, 24-26, 17-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-10
6 p.m. Puerto Rico def Colombia, 25-16, 25-20, 33-31

May 9
2 p.m. Classification 5-8
4 p.m. Classification 5-8
6 p.m. Semifinal
8 p.m. Semifinal

May 10
2 p.m. Classification 7-8
4 p.m. Classification 5-6
6 p.m. Bronze medal
8 p.m. Gold medal