PUNE, India (Aug. 2, 2009) – India made history Sunday night by defeating USA 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 on the third day of FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship first-round Pool A action at Pune, India.
India and USA both conclude the pool with 2-1 records, as well did Belarus. By virtue of the tiebreaking point ratio formula, India won Pool A with a 1.226 ratio. India, playing in its fifth Men’s Junior World Championship, had never qualified for the top half of the classification bracket in the previous events, let alone winning its pool. USA earned the second spot by two-thousandths of a point over Belarus – 1.039 to 1.037.
Singh Gurinder charged the Indian offense with 19 points and Jacob Manidurai Naveen Raji added 16 points in the victory. Captain Mandeep Singh added nine points for India.
Antonio Ciarelli led the USA with 12 points, while Tyler Jaynes contributed seven in the loss.
India’s offense was potent during the night with a 44-32 advantage in kills, while it held a slim 11-10 lead in blocks. USA had a 4-2 advantage in aces.
Kauliakamoa gave the U.S. a 7-5 lead in the opening set by blocking a soft India attack. Singh Gurinder tallied a kill and Navjit Singh added a block to give India a 9-8 lead. Kauliakomoa turned in his second block to give the U.S. a 10-9 lead. India returned in front at 14-13 and extended its lead to 15-13. India scored a point on each side of the second technical timeout to take a 17-14 lead. USA whittled the deficit to 20-19. Ciarelli turned in consecutive kills to tie the set at 22-all and had a swing to go ahead only to be blocked by R Vaishnav. India earned set point at 24-22. Gurinder led India’s offense in the opening set with seven spikes, while the team contributed three blocks.
Troy served an ace and Tyler Jaynes powered a middle attack down to give the Americans an early 4-1 lead in the second set. Gurinder cut the deficit to one at 4-3 with a kill and India went ahead 6-5 after an American attack went long. Gurinder slammed a kill off the U.S. block lifting India to an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout of the set. Ciarelli served an ace to tie the set at 8-all. Gurinder collected a kill to give a India a two-point cushion again at 10-8. However, Jaynes and Kauliakamoa put up a block that gave the U.S. a 10-all tie. Again, India bounced back with three consecutive points to build a 13-10 lead. The USA came to within one at 15-14. An Indian block increased its edge back to three at 21-18. Out of a USA timeout, India added to the lead at 23-18 with two quick points. The U.S. scored back-to-back points cut into the gap at 23-20. Jaynes and Tri Bourne put up a block to inch the U.S. to 23-21, but Gurinder slammed a kill giving India set points at 24-21. A U.S. back-row attack gave India the victory at 25-21. Gurinder and Manidurai Naveen each had seven points in the second set for India.
Gurinder slammed an attack to the ground to give India an early 3-1 lead in the third set. Ciarelli scored consecutive points to tie the set at 4-all. Howver, R Vaishnav put up a block yielding a 6-4 Indian advantage and Manidurai followed with an overpass kill. India increased its lead to 9-5 on the same play USA’s leading scoring Ciarelli came out with an injury. On the ensuing play, Vaishnav put up a block as part of the 3-0 run. India extended its lead to six points at 13-7 on three straight points. Mistakes piled up on the U.S. side as India scored four straight to take a commanding 17-8 lead. Thomas Amberg put up a block as part of a string of three USA points to narrow the gap to 18-12. India picked up two quick points to take a 20-12 lead. India went on to win the match with a 25-18 victory in the third set after the U.S. saved two match points.