Taylor Gregory Named to U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team
FIVB Men's U-21 World Championship
Pool C (at Izmir, Turkey - Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 28: Brazil def. United States, 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22)
The U.S. will now compete for ninth-16th place and will face Egypt on Friday, Aug. 30.
Taylor Gregory totaled six points on five kills and one block against Brazil.
Taylor Gregory finished with two kills and one dig.
Taylor Gregory started at middle and contributed four points (1 kill, 3 blocks).
It was a tight match from the start, as neither team was able to build much of a lead in the beginning of set one. Tunisia pulled ahead at 17-14, but the U.S. scored four consecutive points to go back on top at 18-17. After another seesaw battle to close out the set, Tunisia earned the 25-23 win.
Tunisia had the advantage in the second set, leading by as many as six points. The Americans were able to hold off set point once, but ultimately fell, 25-19.
The United States came out strong in the third set, leading by as many as nine points. On match point, Tunisia served into the net, giving the U.S. an easy 25-16 third set win.
The fourth set was another tight battle with Tunisia maintaining a slight edge. The Americans rallied late but were unable to take control, falling 25-22.
Taylor Gregory scored five points on four kills and one block.
Serbia controlled much of the first set, leading the U.S. by as many as six points at 20-14. The Americans scored the next four points to narrow the gap and staved off set point twice, but a serving error gave Serbia a first set 25-23 win.
In the second set, the United States maintained a slim lead early on but Serbia held the late advantage. The U.S. was again able to hold off set point, but another serving error handed Serbia the 25-23 win. The third set belonged to Serbia from the get-go, as they led by as many as eight points. The U.S. was unable to rally and Serbia took the final set 25-17.
Gregory, who earned the start at middle blocker, finished with 14 points on nine kills, one block and a match-high four aces.
The U.S. used strong serving to its advantage in the first set, cruising to a 25-11 win. Rwanda improved its reception in the second set, but strong performances by Tom Jaeschke and Ben Patch allowed the Americans to take the second set as well, 25-18. In the third set, Rwanda put forth an impressive effort behind captain Aimable Mutuyimana (16 points on 14 kills, one block and one ace) to pull out a narrow 29-27 victory, but the U.S. was back on top of its game in the fourth set, winning easily, 25-14 to take the match.
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State sophomore middle blocker Taylor Gregory was named to the U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team. Gregory was one of 12 players selected to the final roster that will represent the United States at the FIVB Men's U21 World Championships.
"I'm excited for the chance to get some international experience," Gregory said. "It's amazing to be able to represent the country, and obviously Long Beach State as well. I'm definitely looking forward to getting more reps and improving my game, and hope to bring that experience and improved skill level back for next season."
As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Gregory played a key role in the 49ers' best season in five years. They finished the campaign with a 24-8 overall record, an 18-6 mark in MPSF action (T2nd) and advanced to the finals of the MPSF Tournament for the first time since 2006.
Gregory was the 2013 NCAA National Collegiate Statistical Champion in blocks per set, leading the country with a 1.47 blocking average. He established an LBSU freshman record with 156 total blocks, while also registering 1.23 kills per set and a .394 hitting percentage. Gregory received All-MPSF honorable mention recognition and was selected to the conference's all-freshman team.
The final roster for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team was chosen from an original field of 22 after a tryout period in Southern California from June 16-20. The team reconvenes in early August at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they will prepare for the FIVB Men's U21 World Championships, which will be held in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey (Aug. 22-Sept. 1).