Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

U.S. Men’s Junior Team Shows Determination Despite Loss to Cuba

U.S. Men's Junior Team

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) faced a tough match against Cuba in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship. Although they fell to Cuba with a score of 25-23, 25-19, and 25-20, the team showcased resilience and determination throughout the game.

A Strong Opponent

Cuba proved to be a formidable opponent with their high-flying offense and quick attacks from the left-side pin. This was a new strategy that the MJNT had not encountered before. The Cuban team showcased their skills and deserved the victory.

A Positive Performance

Despite the loss, MJNT Head Coach Jay Hosack commended his players for their improved performance. He praised their increased heart and determination on the court. This display of resilience is something that everyone involved with the team can be proud of.

Looking Ahead

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team is now focusing on their upcoming match against Russia. Coach Hosack acknowledges the challenge but remains optimistic about their chances. The team’s goal is to finish in the top 10, which hasn’t been achieved in recent rounds. By staying focused and maintaining their composure, the MJNT aims to have a successful tournament.

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Standout Performances

Kyle Ensing was once again the leading scorer for the U.S. team, contributing 17 points with 14 kills, two blocks, and an ace. Brett Rosenmeier also had a strong performance with 11 points, while Scott Stadick finished with four points.

MJNT Lineup Against Cuba

  • Outside hitters: Brett Rosenmeier and Dylan Missry
  • Middle blockers: George Huhmann and Scott Stadick
  • Setter: Micah Ma’a
  • Opposite: Kyle Ensing
  • Libero: Gage Worsley

U.S. MJNT vs Cuba – Key Statistics

  • Kills: Ensing 14, Rosenmeier 10, Stadick 4, Matautia 3, Missry 2, Szews 2
  • Blocks: Ma’a 2, Ensing 2, Rosenmeier 1, Gasman 1, Huhmann 1
  • Aces: Joshua Tuaniga 1, George Huhmann 1, Ensing 1
  • Digs: Worsley 9, Rosenmeier 4, Stadick 2, Matautia 2, Ensing 2

Meet the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team Players

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team consists of talented athletes from various regions and colleges. Here are some of the key players:

  • Gage Worsley (Libero, 6-2, Moraga, Calif., signed with Hawaii, NCVA)
  • Josh Tuaniga (Setter, 6-2, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State, SCVA)
  • Micah Ma’a (Setter, 6-4, Kaneohe, Hawaii, UCLA, Aloha)
  • Dylan Missry (Outside Hitter, 6-4, Holbrook, N.Y., UCLA, Garden Empire)
  • Jordan Ewert (Outside Hitter, 6-5, Antioch, Calif., Stanford, NCVA)
  • Austin Matautia (Outside Hitter, 6-5, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Hawaii, Aloha)
  • Brett Rosenmeier (Outside Hitter, 6-6, Virginia Beach, Va., Hawaii, Old Dominion)
  • Kyle Ensing (Opposite, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State, SCVA)
  • Matthew Szews (Opposite, 6-8, Brookfield, Wis., Ball State, Badger)
  • Patrick Gasman (Middle Blocker, 6-8, Clovis, Calif., Hawaii, NCVA)
  • Scott Stadick (Middle Blocker, 7-0, Watertown, Wis., UC Irvine, Badger)
  • George Huhmann (Middle Blocker, 6-10, High Ridge, Mo., Princeton, Gateway)
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Supporting Staff

  • Head Coach: Jay Hosack (George Mason University)
  • Assistant Coaches: Jonah Carson (Mountain View Volleyball Club), Matt McCarthy (Lewis University)
  • Team Manager: Jen Armson Dyer
  • Doctor: David Dyck, Jr.
  • Technical Coordinator: Galen Dodd

U.S. Men’s Junior National Team Schedule

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team will face Russia in their next match on Sunday. Here is the complete schedule for the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship:

Pool B

  • June 23: Turkey def USA 25-19, 25-14, 30-28
  • June 24: Cuba def. USA 25-23, 25-19, 25-20
  • June 25: USA v Russia, 11 a.m. PT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team record in the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship?
The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team is currently 0-2 in pool play after two matches.

2. Who is the leading scorer for the U.S. Men’s Junior Team?
Kyle Ensing is the leading scorer for the team, consistently contributing to their offensive firepower.


Although the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team faced a tough loss against Cuba, their improved performance and determination are commendable. With their sights set on finishing in the top 10, the team is ready to take on their next opponent, Russia. Stay tuned for more updates on the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s journey in the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship.