Men's Volleyball Blog | August 2012

Patch and Jr. National Team secure second win

Aug 29, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:13 am | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Team swept its second straight opponent in the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship, topping St. Vincent 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 Tuesday.

BYU men’s volleyball’s freshman Ben Patch started the first set at middle blocker and posted three points off of two kills and a block.

Team USA will wrap up pool play Wednesday against Mexico.

For a complete recap of the match and pictures, check out the story on teamusa.org.

Patch with action in U.S. Junior National Team's opening win

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 10:08 am | Permalink

The U.S. Men’s Junior (U-21) National Team opened play at the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior (U-21) Continental Championship with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 sweep over Honduras on Monday evening at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

BYU men’s volleyball’s incoming freshman Ben Patch started the first and second set at opposite hitter and posted three points off of two kills and a block. For a complete recap of the match and pictures, visit teamusa.org

Three recruits win bronze medal with Jr. National

Aug 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:31 pm | Updated: August 17, 2012 2:36 pm | Permalink

Three 2013 BYU men’s volleyball recruits won a bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in Dallas earlier this month. 

The team won nine of its 11 matches, all by 2-0 scores, to earn a bronze medal out of the 33 teams in its pool. The team finished winning a total of 20 sets and only dropping four. Only one team finished with fewer sets lost. The gold medal team finished winning 21 sets and falling in seven while the second place finishers won 21 sets and lost six. 

Outside/opposite hitter Benjamin Patch, a native of Provo, libero Evan Chang and middle blocker Joseph Grosh were members of the 13-player open team and will join the Cougars this fall, adding national experience to the 2013 roster. 

US Men's Volleyball Falls in Olympic Quarterfinals

Aug 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:32 pm | Permalink

After clinching the top seed in the tournament at the London Olympics, the defending champion U.S. men’s volleyball fell to Italy in straight sets in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Former Cougars Rich Lambourne and Russell Holmes are members of the U.S. team. Lambourne and Holmes started at their respective positions of libero and middle blocker throughout their team's tournament run. 

Team USA reached the quarterfinals after topping Tunisia 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 Monday.

The fifth-ranked U.S. men weren’t considered among the medal favorites at the London Games, but they claimed silver in the recent World League tournament before opening the Olympics with dominate straight-set victories over Serbia and Germany.

The U.S. was in control for most of the first set and earned three set points at 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25. But Italy saved all three times as the Americans failed to dig out the Italian kills, then served an ace directly on the back line to claim the set 28-26.

Team USA never seemed to recover, falling behind by four-plus points in both subsequent sets and failing to seriously challenge down the stretch of either.

Since winning back-to-back golds in 1984 and 1988 and a bronze in 1992, Team USA will now go home without a medal for the fourth time in five Olympics. 

Former Cougars help lift US men's volleyball

Aug 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:09 pm | Permalink

In a rematch of the Beijing Olympic final, the US men’s national volleyball team topped top-ranked Brazil 3-1 in London Thursday.

After dropping its first set in three matches, the U.S. rallied back to win the next three for a 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory.

Team USA, ranked fifth in the world and the defending Olympic champion, improves to 3-0 with nine points as the only undefeated team left in Pool B. The Americans continue Pool B on Saturday against Russia at 4:45 p.m. local time (8:45 a.m. PT) before concluding preliminary action on Aug. 6 versus Tunisia at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Brazil falls to 2-1 with six points in Pool B.

Team USA, with three Olympic Games titles to its credit, has now won 11 straight matches in Olympic Games competition, including the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal match against Brazil.

Former Cougars Russell Holmes and Rich Lambourne contributed to the team’s win. Middle blocker Holmes pocketed seven kills on eight swings, one ace and one block for nine points while libero Lambourne handled eight digs.

For a complete match recap, click here

 

Standings
Pool A:

Bulgaria (9 points, 3-0)
Poland (6 points, 2-1)
Argentina (3 points, 1-2)
Italy (3 points 1-1)
Australia (3 points, 1-2)
Great Britain (0 points, 0-2)
Pool B:
USA (9 points, 3-0)
Brazil (6 points, 2-1)
Russia (6 points, 2-1)
Serbia (4 points, 1-2)
Germany (2 points, 1-2)
Tunisia (0 points, 0-3)