Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Boys Youth Team Punches Ticket to NORCECA Finals in Cuba

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team secured their place in the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship finals with a thrilling victory over Mexico. In a match that went down to the wire, the American team triumphed with a scoreline of 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 17-15.

The next challenge for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team is a rematch against host-nation Cuba, scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. This highly-anticipated showdown will see the Americans face off against the same team they defeated in the 2014 U19 Continental Championship final.

Key players Brandon Browning, Jaylen Jasper, and Joel Schneidmiller were instrumental in the U.S. team’s victory, each scoring 17 points. Sam Lewis also made a significant contribution with 11 points. Head Coach Sam Shweisky expressed his pride in the team’s composure under pressure, stating, “Working with boys who are this age is quite hard. I also feel very proud for my boys, who, in spite of the pressure, were able to keep calm while their substitutes were supporting at all times.”

In addition to securing at least a silver medal at the Continental Championship, the Boys’ Youth Team has also secured a berth to the 2017 FIVB U19 World Championships. The top two teams from the NORCECA tournament automatically qualify for next year’s event.

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The U.S. and Mexico were evenly matched throughout the game, with 52 kills by the American team compared to Mexico’s 53. However, the U.S. managed to gain an advantage through their service, delivering eight aces compared to Mexico’s two. Mexico, on the other hand, out-blocked the U.S. with a score of 15-14.

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team roster includes talented players from various regions across the country:

  1. Brandon Browning (OH, 6-4, Corona del Mar, Calif., Southern California)
  2. Chris Hall (S, 6-2, Alhambra, Calif., SCVA)
  3. Jaylen Jasper (OH, 6-7, Arnold, Md., Chesapeake)
  4. Devin Joslyn (OH, 6-5, Angola, N.Y., Western Empire)
  5. Sam Lewis (MB, 6-10, Long Beach, Calif., SCVA)
  6. Jack Mathews (MB, 6-4, Tustin, Calif., SCVA)
  7. Kyle Merchen (S, 6-4, Clovis, Calif., Northern California)
  8. Cole Paxson (L, 5-11, Laguna Beach, Calif., SCVA)
  9. Kyler Presho (MB, 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., SCVA)
  10. J.P. Reilly (OH, 6-4, Manhattan Beach, Calif., SCVA)
  11. Sean Ryan (OH, 6-3, Countryside, Ill., Great Lakes)
  12. Joel Schneidmiller (OH, 6-6, Saratoga, Calif., NCVA)

The team also has talented alternates who are ready to step in if needed:

  1. Eli Irizarry (S, 6-1, Moraga, Calif., NCVA)
  2. Chris McBee (OH, 6-4, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., SCVA)
  3. Thomas Nelson (L, 6-1, San Ramon, Calif., NCVA)
  4. Canyon Tuman (MB, 6-7, Sewickley, Pa., Keystone)

The coaching staff is led by Head Coach Sam Schweisky, supported by Associate Head Coach Brad Keller, Assistant Coach Theo Edwards, Technical Coordinator Kevin Burch, Team Manager Collin Powers, and Team Doctor Dr. Priscilla Tu.

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Here is the schedule for the remaining matches in the NORCECA Boys’ U19 Continental Championship:

  • June 24: USA def. Nicaragua, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23
  • June 25: USA def. Costa Rica, 25-9, 25-17, 25-16
  • June 26: USA def. Dominican Republic, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21
  • June 28: USA def. Mexico, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 17-15
  • June 29: USA v. Cuba

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on the Boys’ Youth National Team’s journey in the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship. Join us in supporting these talented young athletes as they strive for victory.

FAQs

Q: How did the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team qualify for the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship finals?
A: The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team secured their spot in the finals by defeating Mexico in a thrilling match.

Q: Who are the key players in the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team?
A: Brandon Browning, Jaylen Jasper, and Joel Schneidmiller played a crucial role in the team’s victory against Mexico, each scoring 17 points. Sam Lewis also made a significant contribution with 11 points.

Q: What is the significance of the upcoming match against Cuba?
A: The upcoming match against Cuba is a rematch of the 2014 U19 Continental Championship final, which the U.S. team won. It promises to be a highly-anticipated showdown.

Summary

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team has earned their place in the finals of the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship with a hard-fought victory over Mexico. Led by standout performances from Brandon Browning, Jaylen Jasper, and Joel Schneidmiller, the American team overcame a determined Mexican side in a five-set thriller. The team will now face off against host-nation Cuba in a rematch of the 2014 final. With the top two teams from the tournament automatically qualifying for the 2017 FIVB U19 World Championships, the Boys’ Youth Team has also secured their spot in next year’s prestigious event. Stay tuned for more updates as the team continues their quest for glory.

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