The World Championship ended Wednesday, but there are many things college men’s volleyball teams and fans should take away from the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s performance.
No. 9 United States reached the final four for the first time in World Championship history before losing to No. 1 Argentina in the semifinals and No. 5 Serbia in the bronze medal game. The United States roster was comprised of 15 current college men’s volleyball players and four incoming freshmen.
Check out the top five things to take away from the World Championship for the upcoming NCAA men’s volleyball season in January.
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A multiple winner of the AVCA Men’s Volleyball Coach of Year award will be inducted into a college’s athletics hall of fame for his work with women’s volleyball.
Mike Wilton, a former men’s volleyball coach at Hawai’i and women’s volleyball coach at Cal Poly, was selected to the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame, the school’s athletics department announced Tuesday.
Wilton in his 11 years at Cal Poly from 1978-89 guided the Mustangs to nine NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, the coach reached the NCAA Regional Finals three times, and the Mustangs were ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll during the 1985 season.
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The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team will leave the World Championship without a medal.
No. 9 United States lost to No. 5 Serbia 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13 in the bronze medal match Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and failed to win the country’s first medal in the 40-year history of the international tournament.
The United States committed a tournament-high 38 errors in the loss — 19 more errors than Serbia.
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The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team will have a chance this afternoon to win its first medal in World Championship history.
One day after losing in the semifinals, No. 9 United States will play No. 5 Serbia in the World Championship bronze medal match on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The United States prior to this tournament had never reached a World Championship match that had a medal on the line. In addition, its best previous finish at the international tournament was seventh place in 2007.
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The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s dream of winning the country’s first gold medal at the World Championship is officially finished.
No. 1 Argentina rallied from a one-game decifit to defeat No. 9 United States 27-29, 28-26, 25-19, 25-20 in the World Championship semifinals Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With this victory, Argentina (6-1) will play the winner of the other semifinals match between No. 2 Russia and No. 5 Serbia in the gold medal match Wednesday. The United States (4-3) will play the loser of the Russia-Serbia match for the bronze medal Wednesday.
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The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team is one win away from being guaranteed its first medal finish at the World Championship.
No. 9 United States will play No. 1 Argentina in the World Championship semifinals at 11:30 a.m. (EST) Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The winner of this match will play the winner of the No. 2 Russia and No. 5 Serbia semifinals match for the gold medal Wednesday. The two losers of the semifinal matches will play each other for the bronze medal Wednesday.
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An All-American and national leader in kill per game average is considering not returning to Hawai’i for his junior season.
Hawai’i outside attacker Jonas Umlauft will remain in his native Germany for the fall semester and is undecided on returning to the Warriors for the 2012 season during the spring semester, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
Umlauft was a 2011 First-Team All-American and led the nation with a 5.57 kills per game average — the only player to average more than five kills per game. He also was named an Academic All-American ending the spring semester with a 3.93 culumative grade point average.
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The match-ups and start times for the World Championship semifinals are now set.
No. 9 United States and No. 1 Argentina will play in the first semifinal match at 11:30 a.m. (EST) Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, while No. 2 Russia and No. 5 Serbia will play in the other semifinal match at 3 p.m. (EST) Tuesday.
The semifinal matchups will pit the first-place team from Pool E against the second-place team from Pool F and the first-place team from Pool F against the second-place team from Pool E.
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Despite a two-game lead, the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team was unable to close out No. 2 Russia and win its second-round pool at the World Championship.
Russia rallied to remain undefeated in the tournament as it defeated No. 9 United States 19-25, 27-29, 25-21, 25-17, 15-13 on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to win the Pool E title.
Both the United States (4-2, 2-1 Pool E) and Russia (6-0, 3-0 Pool E) entered their second-round finale having already clinched top two spots in Pool E and berths to the World Championship semifinals. However, the Russia victory dropped the United States into second place in the final Pool E standings and it will have a lower seed for the semifinals.
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