Aug. 16, 2010
GATINEAU, Quebec - Current UCSB men's volleyball players Dylan Davis (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.) and the rest of the U.S. Junior National Team won their first pool play match of the 2010 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship Monday with a 25-9, 25-7, 25-10 sweep of Trinidad & Tobago in Gatineau, Quebec.
The United States (1-0) will play Martinique in pool play on Tuesday at 3 p.m. PT. The match is scheduled to be shown live at ssncanada.ca.
Davis, a middle blocker, led the team Monday with seven points on two kills, a match-high three blocks and two aces. Mottram led the United States in serve receptions with nine and eight of those were deemed "excellent."
The U.S. out-blocked Trinidad & Tobago 8-3 and had 11 aces while Trinidad & Tobago had three.
Eleven teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean are competing at the newly-opened Centre Sportif de Gatineau. The event will not only determine the newest continental champion and offer valuable world ranking points, but will also serve up three berths to the 2011 FIVB World Junior Championships scheduled to take place in Brazil.
Davis was named the Junior National Team's captain in Quebec. As a true freshman for the Gauchos in 2010, Davis was selected to the All-MPSF Freshmen Team. He played in 28 of 29 matches and hit .425 (143-32-261), second-best on the roster. Davis was also second in service aces (13) and block assists (71) and third in total blocks (77). The Corona del Mar High School grad posted a career-best 11 kills multiple times, totaled nine blocks at Pepperdine and had 14 points in a match against Long Beach State.
Mottram, who redshirted his first season at UCSB in 2010 after graduating from Quartz Hill, is playing as the Junior National Team's starting libero.
Both Davis and Mottram played with the Boys' Youth National Team in 2008 and 2009. Their 2008 squad won the NORCECA Boys' Youth Championship in Miami.
After two weeks of training at the GaREAT sports facility in Geneva, Ohio, the U.S. Men's Junior Team was more than ready to face some new competition, head coach John Hawks (a Long Beach State assistant coach) said.
"It seems like forever ago that we selected 19 players to train and now that game day is almost here, our guys are jumping out of their skin to play someone else," Hawks said. "You all would be proud of this team. I know I am."
The team will complete pool play on Wednesday against Mexico.
The United States is playing in Pool B. Pool A consists of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras and St. Lucia. Pool C includes Canada, Dominican Republic and Guatemala.
The quarterfinals will take place on Thursday (Aug. 19), the semifinals on Friday (Aug. 20) and final medal and placement matches on Saturday (Aug. 21).
The United States has medaled in every NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship since the bi-annual event began in 1998, but has never won gold. Its best finishes were seconds in 2004 and 2006. Cuba has won the event four times.
Other current collegiate players on this year's U.S. squad include middle blocker Scott Kevorken (UC Irvine) and opposite Maurice Torres (Pepperdine).
2010 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship Schedule
All times Pacific
Monday, Aug. 16
Puerto Rico vs. St. Lucia, 8 a.m.
Mexico vs. Martinique, 10 a.m.
USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 12 p.m.
Dominican Republic vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
Opening ceremonies, 4:15 p.m.
Cuba vs. Honduras, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 17
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 8 a.m.
Cuba vs. St. Lucia, 10 a.m.
Puerto Rico vs. Honduras, 12 p.m.
USA vs. Martinique, 3 p.m.
Canada vs. Guatemala, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
Honduras vs. St. Lucia, 8 a.m.
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Martinique, 10 a.m.
USA vs. Mexico, 12 p.m.
Cuba vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.
Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 19
Consolation Quarterfinal, 10 a.m.
Consolation Quarterfinal, 12 p.m.
Quarterfinal, 3 p.m.
Quarterfinal, 5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20
9th-place match, 10 a.m.
7th-place match, 12 p.m.
Semifinal, 3 p.m.
Semifinal, 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 21
10th-place match, 10 a.m.
5th-place match, 12 p.m.
Bronze medal match, 3 p.m.
Gold medal match, 5 p.m.
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