Samuel Lewis, Jonathan Bowles, and Joel Schneidmiller helped steer the USA youth volleyball team to to a 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22 victory over Puerto Rico in Pool A of the FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall in Bahrain on Sunday.
Lewis led USA with 14 points, including eight attacks, three blocks and three aces. Bowles and Schneidmiller scored similar outputs with 11 attacks and two blocks each.
The United States (2-0) will look to keep the streak going on Monday against Tunisia (1-2).
The U.S. led Puerto Rico in kills (54-42) and aces (6-3) while the teams tied in blocks (8-8).
Nevertheless, Schneidmiller said the team still has room for improvement.
"I think we're close to our peak, but there's still a lot we can do," he said. "We were definitely not near our potential. I know we can still pass the ball better and do everything a lot better. It’s all slowly coming together and by the end of the tournament we will be 100 percent. "
Every player saw playing time and 11 of the 12 scored at least one point, including libero Parker Mikesch. Middle blocker Sam Lewis led the United States with eight kills, three blocks and three aces. Opposite Jonny Bowles and outside hitter Schneidmiller each added 13 points.
"I was really pleased with the team's ability to have guys come in and out," said Head Coach Sam Shweisky. "We rotated all three middles in. Three left sides played significant roles. Both right sides played significant roles. It was pretty seamless as it was happening."
Stanford incoming freshmen Jaylen Jasper and Kyler Presho also contributed to the win. Jasper recorded six kills and Presho added one.
"When we wanted to be at our best, we were," Presho said. "We took our foot off the pedal at times, but we corrected that pretty quickly."
World University Games
Despite some monster numbers, the U.S. men's volleyball team could not hold onto a two-set advantage and dropped a 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-9 decision to Japan in its World University Games opener in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday.
Ohio State's Miles Johnson recorded 28 points for the match, including 27 kills. Stanford senior Evan Enriques added a team-high 10 digs in addition to 12 excellent receptions.
Stanford coach John Kosty leads the Americans at the WUGs.