The U.S. Boys U19 National Team will play for the gold medal Saturday at the 2023 Pan American Cup in Guatemala after defeating Costa Rica 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-15) in the semifinals.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 18, 2023) – The 2023 U.S. Boys U19 National Team became the first male U.S. age group team to medal at two straight international events when it swept Mexico (25-23, 25-22, 25-20) to win its second straight Pan American Cup on Saturday.
The Boys U19 Team went 5-0 in the tournament in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and lost only one set.
U.S. outside hitter Sean Kelly, setter Tread Rosenthal, libero Kellen Larson and middle blocker Josh Aruya were honored with individual awards and Rosenthal was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
The U.S. led Mexico in kills (47-33) and blocks (10-4). Each team finished with two aces. The U.S. Boys committed 16 unforced errors against 26 from Mexico.
Kelly led all scorers with 16 points on 14 kills and two blocks.
“We started off a little shaky from the service line,” Kelly said. “As the game went on, we started to calm down. We played together. We really, really finished well at the end of sets.”
Outside hitter Sterling Foley added 12 points on nine kills, two blocks and one ace, followed by opposite Finn Kearney who had 11 points on 10 kills and one ace.
Aruya scored seven points on six kills and one block. Middle Isaiah Preuitt scored five points on three kills and two blocks.
Rosenthal scored four points on two kills and two blocks. He set the U.S. to a .350 hitting efficiency.
Opposite Marek Turner played as a substitute and scored four points on three kills and one ace.
Larson was credited with three digs and 13 excellent receptions.
2023 U.S. Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship Roster
Player (Pos., Height, Birth Year, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
1 Kellen Larson (L, 5-10, 2005, Irvine, Calif., Woodbridge HS, Southern California)
5 Marek Turner (Opp, 6-5, 2006, Long Beach, Calif., Woodrow Wilson HS, Southern California)
6 Victor Loiola (OH, 6-4, 2005, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Mira Costa HS, Southern California)
7 Trent Taliaferro (S, 6-4, 2005, San Clemente, Calif., JSerra Catholic HS, Southern California)
10 Isaiah Preuitt (MB, 6-8, 2005, Portland, Ore., Central Catholic HS, Columbia Empire)
11 Finn Kearney (Opp, 6-5, 2006, Phoenix, Ariz., Sandra Day O’Connor HS, Arizona)
12 Sterling Foley (OH, 6-6, 2005, Newport Beach, Calif., Corona del Mar HS, Southern California)
13 Sean Kelly (OH, 6-6, 2005, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Loyola HS, Southern California)
14 Sebastiano Sani (OH, 6-8, 2005, Bethesda, Md., Walter Johnson HS, Chesapeake)
15 Josh Aruya (MB, 6-7, 2005, Mission Viejo, Calif., Mission Viejo HS, Southern California)
16C Tread Rosenthal (S, 6-7, 2006, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Mira Costa HS, Southern California)
18 Gaige Gabriel (MB, 6-8, 2005, Birdsboro, Pa., Exeter Township HS, Keystone)
Roan Alviar (L, 5-11, 2006, Hayward, Calif., Bishop O’Dowd HS, Northern California)
Kahale Clini (OH, 6-3, 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii, Punahou School, Aloha)
Cole Hartke (OH, 6-10, 2006, Barrington, Ill., Barrington HS, Great Lakes)
Trevell Jordan (MB, 6-8, 2006, Mesa, Ariz., Desert Ridge HS, Arizona
Parker Tomkinson (MB, 6-10, 2006, Carlsbad, Calif., Carlsbad HS, Southern California)
Peter Zurawski (S, 6-6, 2005, Oak Park, Ill., Oak Park River Forest HS, Great Lakes)
U.S. Schedule for the 2023 NORCECA Boys U19 Continental Championship
All times PT
Matches will be streamed on Facebook at Fnvg Voleibol Guate.
View the full schedule on the NORCECA website.
March 13: USA def. Belize, 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-22)
March 14: USA def. Mexico, 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20)
March 15: USA def. Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17)
March 17 semifinal: USA def. Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-15)
March 18: Gold medal match: USA def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-20)