USA men end on a winning note; boys' youth team loses


The U.S. Men's Team ended its World University Games tournament on a winning note with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Norway on Sunday in Shenzhen, China in the match for 13th place.

The U.S. (5-3) finished the World University Games in 12th place following the disqualification of Iran. Norway finished 13th at 2-5.

Russia won the gold medal.

The United States led the match in all scoring categories. It out-attacked Norway 53-49. The U.S. had a hitting efficiency of 0.367 and successfully converted 48.6 percent of its kill attempts into points. Norway's hitting efficiency was 0.221 and its kill percent was 43.4.

The U.S. also led in blocks (8-6) and in service aces (3-0). The U.S. scored 34 points on Norway's errors while only giving up 19 points on errors.

Opposite Carson Clark led all scorers with 21 points on a match-high 18 kills (.424 hitting efficiency), one block and a match-high two aces. Outside hitter Cory Yoder added 11 points on 10 kills (.476 hitting efficiency) and one block. Outside hitter Tri Bourne totaled 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

Stanford grad Brad Lawson added four points on three kills and a block. He was also credited with 14 receptions. Stanford libero Erik Shoji added 15 digs, six receptions and nine assists.


Bulgaria downed Team USA, 25-22, 27-29, 25-16, 25-20, in preliminary play of the FIVB boys' youth volleyball championships in Argentina on Saturday.

In the first set, a four-point run by Bulgaria starting at 17-all gave it the lead and momentum to take the set from the U.S. 25-22.

Team USA used a 17-10 kill advantage to force the second set past 25-all, edging Bulgaria 29-27.

The U.S. lost an early 6-3 lead in the third set to an eight-point run by Bulgaria at 11-6 followed by a 5-2 run at 20-13 to help in capturing the set 25-16.

The U.S. improved on unforced errors in the fourth set with just four, but an early deficit left the Americans playing catch-up, coming within one at 11-10. The U.S. was unable to pass the Bulgarians, giving it the set at 25-20 and the match.

Cody Caldwell led the Americans with 10 kills. Aaron Russell added nine. Menlo Park native James Shaw had three kills and a block in addition to 20 assists.

The U.S. and host Argentina were scheduled to play Sunday in the final match of Pool A.

— USA Volleyball

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