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USA aim first ever medal at Men's U21 World Championship

Head coach of USA Peter Hanson before training game between his team and Russia played in Ataturk Volleyball Hall in Izmir ahead of Men's U21 World Championship

 Izmir, Turkey, August 20, 2013- USA men's U21 team played a friendly match against heavy favourites Russia at Ataturk Hall in Izmir on Tuesday to put the last touches of their preparation for the 2013 Men's U21 World Championship due to start in Turkey on Thursday.
 The objectives of the head coach Peter Hanson is to be at the medal podium at the end of the competition, something not achieved in US history at this age category.

 "We had difficult times during our preparation having less than three weeks to prepare for this competition due to the tight schedule of the local competitions as well as the cancelation of a friendly tour in Costa Rica," Hanson said.

 "However we had a local training camp where we prepared well for that event. We had new players after the last generation finished at the fourth position two years ago in Brazil, so we need to improve here. We are happy to be here between the top teams all over the world, but any how we need to be on the podium this time."

 USA play in Pool C along with Serbia, Tunisia, Canada and Rwanda where the top four teams will proceed to the round of 16, while the fifth ranked team competes for the last four positions 17 to 20th.

 This is the seventh participation for USA at this age with their best performance finishing 4th in 2011, and they finished 7th in three other occasions.     


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