The U.S. Boys U19 Team advanced to the semifinal round of the FIVB Boys U19 World Championship for the first time in history with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 28-26) victory over Bulgaria in Wednesday's quarterfinals in San Juan, Argentina.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 10, 2023) – The U.S. Boys U19 National Team will play for the bronze medal on Friday at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Argentina after falling to France 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-12) in the semifinals.
The U.S. Boys U19 Team (5-2) will play Korea (5-2) for the bronze medal at 1 p.m. PT on Friday. Matches are being shown on the Volleyball World YouTube channel.
No matter where the U.S. Boys finish, it will be their best placement ever at the U19 World Championship.
On Thursday, France jumped on the lead right away in each set and never looked back.
The European side led the U.S. in kills (32-18), blocks (15-3) and aces (6-2). France also scored 22 points on U.S. errors while committing 16.
Outside hitter Sean Kelly led the U.S. with nine points on nine kills. Setter Tread Rosenthal added four points on one kill, one block and both the U.S. aces.
Opposite Finn Kearney, outside hitter Sebastiano Sani and middle blocker Josh Aruya each scored two points on two kills.
Opposite Marek Turner and middle Tristan Whitefield each had one point. Libero Kellen Larson was credited with seven successful receptions and six digs.
Boys U19 Roster for the World Championship
Name (Position, height, birth year, hometown, school, USAV Region)
1 Kellen Larson (L, 5-10, 2005, Irvine, Calif., Woodbridge High School, Southern California)
5 Marek Turner (Opp, 6-5, 2006, Long Beach, Calif., Woodrow Wilson High School, Southern California)
6 Victor Loiola (OH, 6-4, 2005, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Mira Costa High School, Southern California)
7 Trent Taliaferro (S, 6-5, 2005, San Clemente, Calif., JSerra Catholic High School, Southern California)
11 Finn Kearney (OPP, 6-5, 2006, Phoenix, Ariz., Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Arizona)
12 Sterling Foley (OH, 6-6, 2005, Newport Beach, Calif., Corona del Mar High School, Southern California)
13 Sean Kelly (OH, 6-6, 2005, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Loyola High School, Southern California)
14 Sebastiano Sani (OH, 6-8, 2005, Bethesda, Md., Walter Johnson High School, Chesapeake)
15 Josh Aruya (MB, 6-7, 2005, Mission Viejo, Calif., Mission Viejo High School, Southern California)
16 Tread Rosenthal (S, 6-7, 2006, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Mira Costa High School, Southern California)
17 Tristan Whitfield (MB, 6-7, 2005, Virginia Beach, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate, Old Dominion)
19 Kaumana Carreira (MB, 6-8, 2005, Mission Viejo, Calif., Tesoro High School, Southern California)
Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan (Head Coach, Springfield College)
Assistant Coach: Lindsay Brown (Assistant Coach, Loyola of Chicago)
Assistant Coach: Jonah Carson
Performance Analyst: Evan Metzger (Performance Analyst, Springfield College)
Athletic Trainer: Rachel Menze (CSUN)
Team Leader: Sam Shweisky (Head Coach, Princeton)
2 Roan Alviar (L, 5-11, 2006, Hayward, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd High School, Northern California)
3 Cole Hartke (OH , 6-10, 2006, Barrington, Ill., Barrington High School, Great Lakes)
4 Caleb Sapp (Opp, 6-8, 2006, Upland, Calif., Claremont High School, Southern California)
8 Ryan Gant (S, 6-5, 2006, Newport Beach, Calif., Corona del Mar High School, Southern California)
9 Jack Mally (OH, 6-6, 2005, Geneva, Ill., Geneva High School, Great Lakes)
10 Isaiah Preuitt (MB, 6-8, 2005, Portland, Ore., Central Catholic High School, Columbia Empire)
18 Gaige Gabriel (MB, 6-8, 2005, Birdsboro, Pa., Exeter Township High School, Keystone)
20 Grant Lamoureux (OH, 6-9, 2007, Clemmons, N.C., West Forsyth High School, Carolina)
U.S. Schedule for the 2023 FIVB Boys U19 World Championship
Matches will be shown on the Volleyball World YouTube channel
All times PDT
Aug. 3 USA def. Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-15)
Aug. 4 USA def. Egypt, 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 26-24
Aug. 5 USA def. Argentina, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20)
Aug. 6 Serbia def. USA, 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 25-13)
Aug. 8 Round of 16: USA def. Puerto Rico, 3-0 (28-26, 25-17, 25-17)
Aug. 9 Quarterfinals: USA def. Bulgaria, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 28-26)
Aug. 10 Semifinals: France def USA, 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-12)
Aug. 11 Finals and classification matches