UCLA recruit Ma’a stellar serving lifts U.S. past China

UCLA recruit Micah Ma’a even coming off the bench in the United States’ tournament-finale continued to be more than efficient from the service line.

Ma’a had a match-high five aces as the United States swept China 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 on Sunday in Argentina to finish the FIVB Youth World Championship in seventh place. Continue reading

U.S. title run ends with quarterfinals loss vs. Russia

The historic undefeated run for the United States at the FIVB Youth World Championship is over — and so is its chance of winning a medal.

The United States making the nation’s first appearance in the quarterfinals at the international tournament lost to Russia 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 on Friday in Argentina. Continue reading

LBSU recruit Ensing powers U.S. into Youth World Championship quarterfinals

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the United States is moving to the quarterfinals at the FIVB Boys Youth World Championship.

Long Beach State incoming recruit Kyle Ensing finished with a match-high 15 kills and added four aces as the United States swept Mexico 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 in the Round of 16 on Wednesday in Argentina. Continue reading

U.S. sweeps Argentina to win World Championship group title

The United States blocked its way to group-play championship and a top seed for the Round of 16 at FIVB Youth World Championship.

Middle attacker George Huhmann had a match-high six blocks as the United States in a de-facto group-play championship swept Argentina 25-20, 26-24, 25-23 on Tuesday in Argentina. Continue reading

Long Beach recruit DeFalco dominant in U.S. win vs. France

France experienced first-hand just why there is so much hype surrounding Long Beach State incoming recruit TJ DeFalco.

DeFalco had a team-high 18 kills and six aces as the United States defeated France 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16 on Monday in Argentina to remain undefeated at the FIVB Youth World Championship and clinch a berth in the Round of 16. Continue reading

U.S. unable to close out Canada in Pan Am Cup quarterfinals

The United States could not convert on multiple match-points in a decisive fifth game overtime and its hopes of medaling at the Pan American Cup are done.

Canada fought-off two potential match-points during the eight-point overtime as it defeated the United States 27-29, 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 19-17 in the Pan American Cup quarterfinals on Saturday in Reno, Nevada. Continue reading

UCLA recruit Ma’a clutch performance helps U.S. beat Belgium

For the second consecutive day, the United States won in a decisive fifth game at the FIVB Youth World Championship — it just needed overtime to secure this victory.

The United States survived a late-game comeback and Belgium fighting off multiple match-points in overtime before winning 25-20, 17-25, 25-18, 21-25, 19-17 on Saturday in Argentina. Continue reading

Argentina overcomes U.S. big block at Pan American Cup

The United States had a tournament-best performance blocking and from former Lewis outside attacker Greg Petty but it still wasn’t enough to knock off undefeated Argentina.

Petty had a match-high 15 kills and four aces as the United States lost to first-place Argentina 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23 on Friday in Reno, Nevada, to conclude the group-play stage at the Pan American Cup. Continue reading