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Published:August 10th, 2009 21:14 EST
U.S. Finishes 8th in FIVB Junior World Championship

U.S. Finishes 8th in FIVB Junior World Championship

By Suren Hossein

PUNE, India - The U.S. finished in eighth place in the 2009 FIVB Men`s Junior World Championship in Pune, India on Sunday.

The U.S. lost to Iran 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18) at the Balewadi Sports Complex. The team was also beaten by Iran in the second stage 3-2.  
 
Iran served very well and took us out of the match. We just did not get into our offense. When we were able to run the middle, we did well. For us, we are developing players for the senior team, and hopefully some of these players will have that chance to play at the next level. They can use this experience at the senior team. This is also a sad day as this is the last match this group will be together, " said the U.S. head coach Shawn Patchel in the post-match news conference.

Murphy Troy provided the U.S. with 16 points and Antonio Ciarelli added 13 points in the loss.

Iran`s Arash Kamalvand led all scorers with 17 points, including seven aces. Alireza Jadidi added 12 points in the victory, and teammate Farhad Ghaemi contributed 11 points.

This was a good and exciting match. This was our best match. The U.S. is a very good team and I believe that if we were both in different pools, we could have been in the top four. We both lost to Cuba and Brazil, " said Iran`s head coach Mostafa Karkhaneh.