Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Men’s Junior Team Falls to Chile at the Under 21 Pan American Cup

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team faced a tough challenge from Chile at the Under 21 Pan American Cup, resulting in a 3-2 defeat (24-26, 17-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-10) in Peru. Although the loss means they cannot qualify for the 2019 U21 World Championship, the team will now compete for fifth place. Their next match will be against Peru on Friday at 4 p.m. CT, which will be broadcasted on FloVolleyball.tv, a subscription service.

U.S. Head Coach Spencer McLachlin expressed disappointment but acknowledged Chile’s performance, stating, “We got beaten by a better team who made some good adjustments. Hats off to Chile.”

The U.S. team was led by opposite Brett Wildman, who scored a match-high 26 points with 20 kills, two blocks, and four aces. Middle blocker Daniel Matheney contributed 13 points, including three blocks, while outside hitter Ryan Wilcox scored 12 points, including 10 kills.

Despite the loss, the U.S. outperformed Chile in kills (53-45) and aces (9-5). Chile, however, led in blocks (10-7) and committed fewer errors (37 compared to the U.S.’s 47).

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Setter Taylor Ittner praised the effort of the team’s middle blockers, highlighting their availability and hard work throughout the match.

FAQs

Q: What was the result of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s match against Chile at the Under 21 Pan American Cup?
A: The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team lost to Chile in a thrilling 3-2 match (24-26, 17-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-10).

Q: Can the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team still qualify for the 2019 U21 World Championship?
A: No, the team’s defeat means they cannot qualify for the 2019 U21 World Championship.

Q: When and where is the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s next match?
A: The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team will face Peru in their next match on Friday at 4 p.m. CT in Peru.

Summary

In a hard-fought battle at the Under 21 Pan American Cup, the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team fell to Chile in a thrilling 3-2 match. Despite the loss, the team displayed tenacity and skill, led by the outstanding performance of opposite Brett Wildman, who scored a match-high 26 points. With the defeat, the U.S. cannot qualify for the 2019 U21 World Championship but will now compete for fifth place. Fans can catch the team’s next match against Peru on Friday at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team is determined to bounce back and end the tournament on a high note.