Pepperdine recruit Taylor sparks USA to second-round upset vs. No. 4 Iran

Pepperdine incoming freshman outside attacker Joshua Taylor made the most of his chance in the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s second-round opener at the World Championship.

Coming off the bench midway through the first game, Taylor had a team-high 12 kills as No. 9 United States upset No. 4 Iran 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.

Taylor replaced Pepperdine outside attacker Maurice Torres with the United States (3-1, 1-0 Pool E) trailing in the first game and remained on the court the rest of the match. Prior to this match, Taylor had started one game in the United States’ first three matches at the tournament.
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World Championship men’s volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Iran

Three matches in the next three days will determine if the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team reaches the semifinals for the first time in World Championship history.

No. 9 United States will play its World Championship second-round opener against No. 4 Iran on Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In addition to Iran, the United States will play the other two Pool E teams — No. 2 Russia and No. 11 Spain — this weekend. The top two teams after the three second-round matches will advance to the semifinals.
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USA Volleyball selects Dallas for site of 2012 Boys’ Junior National Championships

College men’s volleyball coaches will be heading south next summer.

USA Volleyball announced Thursday that it selected Dallas to host the 2012 USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships.

The USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships is the top boy’s volleyball tournament in the nation and is comprised open and club divisions for 14 to 18 year olds. In addition, numerous men’s volleyball college head coaches traditionally attend this tournament each year for recruiting purposes.
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Lindenwood beefs up 2012 schedule in preparation of joining NCAA

One year away from joining the NCAA, the NAIA national finalists Lindenwood increased the strength of its 2012 schedule with more NCAA opponents.

Lindenwood last week released its schedule for the upcoming season that will feature 11 matches against NCAA Division I-II teams — a five-match increase from the previous season.

Lindenwood is entering second year of a four-year transition period from the NAIA to becoming a NCAA Division II member. This will be the final season that Lindenwood will compete in the NAIA before becoming a provisional NCAA member for the 2013 men’s volleyball season.
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USA wins pool at World Championship; 2nd round opponents, match times announced

For the first time in more than 10 years, the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team has won its pool at the World Championship — and all thanks to last-place Bulgaria.

No. 6 Brazil in its pool-play finale defeated No. 15 Bulgaria (0-3, 0-3 Pool A) in five games Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to advance to the second round of the World Championship. However, the match going to five games resulted in Brazil losing the tiebreaker with the United States for first-place in Pool A.
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Former NCAA Player of the Year winner Ivie to be inducted into USC Hall of Fame

The only player in USC history to win the Men’s Volleyball National Player of the Year award twice will now be enshrined as one of the Trojans greatest athletes of all-time.

The USC athletics department announced Wednesday that former outside attacker Bryan Ivie will be inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ivie was a four-year starter for USC from 1988-91 and helped guide the Trojans to the NCAA championship in 1988 and 1990. As a junior he was named the 1990 NCAA Tournament MVP after USC defeated Long Beach State in the national championship match.
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BYU outside attacker Sander pounds Japan, USA in 2nd round of World Championship

With the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team facing elimination from the World Championship, BYU All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander had his biggest performance at the international tournament.

Sander had a match-high 19 kills as the No. 9 United States defeated No. 13 Japan 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19 to advance to the second round of the World Championship on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The United States (2-1, 2-1 Pool A) entered this match tied for second place in Pool A after losing to No. 6 Brazil on Tuesday and had to beat Japan in at least four games to guarantee it would be one of the two Pool A teams advancing to the second round.
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World Championship men’s volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Japan

The equation for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team is simple entering its final pool-play match: win and it moves into the second round of the World Championship.

One day after losing to the defending champions Brazil to drop into a tie for second place in Pool A, No. 9 United States will play first-place No. 13 Japan on Wednesday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The top two teams in each of the four World Championship pool at the end the three pool-play matches will advance to the second round.
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USA on brink of elimination from World Championship, loses to Brazil in 4 games

The defending World Championship champions regained its swagger and in the process put the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team one match away from elimination.

No. 6 Brazil defeated No. 9 United States 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 to move into a tie for second place with the United States in Pool A on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.

The top two teams in each pool following the three-match pool-play round will advance to the World Championship second round. With its victory, Brazil (1-1, 1-1 Pool A) holds the head-to-head tie-breaker over the United States (1-1, 1-1 Pool A) for the final spot into the next round.
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USA Volleyball reveals roster for 2011 World University Games

Five current college men’s volleyball players and seven recent graduates will represent the United States at the World University Games.

USA Volleyball announced Monday its 12-player roster and six alternates for the 2011 World University Games on Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China.

“The team motto is ‘The Tradition Continues,’” head coach Gordon Mayforth said in a statement released Monday. “The USA has had a long tradition of doing well at this event. When you read the players and names on the list, I think we should expect to be in the mix.”
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