April 16, 2010
Cal State Northridge women's volleyball head coach Jeff Stork helped lead the U.S. Boys' Youth National Volleyball Team to a second place finish at the NORCECA Boys' Youth (U-19) Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Stork was an assistant, along with former Northridge women's coach Walt Ker, to Gary Sato on the U.S. coaching staff.
Cuba swept the U.S. Boys Team 25-16, 25-18, 25-22 in Sunday's final and qualified for the 2011 Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 14-26 in Singapore. Both Cuba and the United States qualified for the 2011 FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship at a site and date still to be determined.
Cuba finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record. The United States finished 4-2, with the only losses coming to Cuba.
The U.S. opened pool play against Canada and Cuba and finished 1-1 coming out second after defeating Canada and falling to Cuba. After moving on to the quarterfinals, the U.S. defeated the Dominican Republic in three sets advancing to the semifinals against Mexico. The Americans also defeated Mexico in straight sets setting up the final against undefeated Cuba.
"Cuba was certainly the favorite in the tournament and we were definitely the second best team," said Stork. "In the final, Cuba pretty much controlled the whole match, we fought real hard and the U.S. side never gave up, but Cuba was a very good team.
"The whole tournament was a great experience," added Stork. "It was a great result for U.S. volleyball and The big thing is that we qualified for the 2011 Youth World Championships which is a pretty big deal."
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