No. 9 USA to play No. 10 Egypt today in opener at Youth World Championship

Nine incoming freshmen men’s volleyball recruits will begin their attempt to win a gold medal for the United States at a prestigious international tournament.

No. 9 United States will open the Boys’ Volleyball Youth World Championship with a pool-play match against No. 10 Egypt at 5 p.m. (EST) Friday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The United States qualified for this 16-team tournament after reaching the championship match at the 2010 Youth NORCECA Championship before losing to Cuba to finish with the silver medal. The team also won the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup in June.
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Trojan duo bounced from World Games beach volleyball tournament

Two USC players’ run at the World University Games beach volleyball tournament ended two matches short of a medal.

The United States team of Trojans outside attacker Tony Ciarelli and setter Jeff Carlson lost two matches Wednesday in Shenzhen, China to be eliminated from the international tournament.

Ciarelli and Carlson opened the day losing their fourth-round match to Poland’s Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz 26-24, 21-16. The loss dropped the U.S. pair into the consolation bracket, where they lost their next match to Russia‚Äôs Sergey Prokopyev and Yury Bogatov 21-19, 21-15 and finished the tournament tied for fifth place.
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Thailand knocks USA out of medal contention at World Games

The United States hopes of winning the World University Games men’s volleyball gold medal have ended in the preliminary round.

The United States lost to Thailand 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23 on Wednesday in Shenzhen, China in its pool-play finale and failed to qualify for the quarterfinals.

The top two teams in each pool following the five-match pool-play round advanced to the quarterfinals of the international tournament.
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USA sweeps UAE, stays alive for berth to World Games quarterfinals

It did not take long for the United States to regain any confidence it lost and remain alive for the gold medal at the World University Games.

One day after losing its first match of the tournament, the United States swept the United Arab Emirates 25-21, 25-13, 25-20 on Tuesday in Shenzhen, China to stay in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The top two teams from each pool at the end of the five-match pool-play round will advance to the quarterfinals.
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Volleyball Hall of Fame announces 4-team tournament field for 2012 Morgan Classic

For the first time in the history of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, a team from the Conference Carolinas will compete in the non-conference tournament.

The Volleyball Hall of Fame informed Off the Block during the weekend that Lees-McRae is one of the four teams selected to play in the 2012 Morgan Classic Invitational.

Along with Lees-McRae, Springfield, UC Santa Cruz and the defending-tournament champions Cal Baptist will play in the Morgan Classic on Feb. 10-11, 2012, in Massachusetts.
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USA loses in 5 games to Czech Republic, drops to 3rd place in World Games pool

The United States path to the gold medal at the World University Games just became a little more challenging.

Entering the match tied for first place in its pool, the United States lost to the Czech Republic 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13 on Monday in Shenzhen, China to drop into third place.

The top two teams in each pool at the end of the five-match pool-play round will advance to the World University Games quarterfinals.
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Hawai’i promotes Podlewski to assistant coach for 2012 season

Hawai’i hired from within its men’s volleyball program to fill its assistant coaching void.

The Hawai’i athletics department announced Friday that Vernon Podlewski, a former Warrior and U.S. Men’s National Team member, has been promoted to an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Podlewski spent the previous season as a volunteer assistant coach and primarily worked with the players on their defense and passing skills.
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UCLA’s Amberg block too much for Turkey in USA sweep at World Games

UCLA middle attacker Thomas Amberg block kept the United States’ record perfect at the World University Games.

Amberg had a match-high eight blocks as the United States swept Turkey 25-18, 25-9, 25-20 to remain undefeated in pool-play at the international tournament on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.

The United States (2-0, 2-0 Pool D) out-blocked Turkey 12-2 in the victory. In addition, Amberg’s UCLA teammate Wes Dunlap was second on the United States with two blocks.
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Former Highlander setter Trevino named assistant coach at NJIT

One of the best men’s volleyball setters in NJIT history will return to the team as an assistant coach.

The NJIT athletics department announced Wednesday that it hired Pedro Trevino to join the Highlanders’ coaching staff for the upcoming season.

Trevino, a four-year starting setter from 1997-2000, finished his final two season with NJIT in the nation’s top 10 in assists per game average and was selected to the All-EIVA team.
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Former Gaucho Menzel leads USA in sweep vs. Mexico in World Games opener

Former UC Santa Barbara outside attacker Jeff Menzel in his World University Games debut picked up right where he left off from the NCAA postseason.

Menzel had a match-high 15 kills as the United States swept Mexico 25-17, 25-23, 25-15 in its pool-play opener at the World University Games on Friday in Shenzhen, China.

Menzel was one of 12 current or recently graduated college men’s volleyball players selected to represent the United States at the international tournament, after he led the Gauchos to the 2011 NCAA championship match. The senior outside attacker had a more than 100 postseason kills as UC Santa Barbara upset three top-five ranked teams to reach its first Final Four in more than 20 years.
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