SAN JUAN, Argentina, August 5, 2023.- Argentina packed the arena while the United States packed on the points and swept their hosts (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) on Saturday at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship in San Juan.
An estimated crowd of 5,100 watched the United States fight back from early scoring deficits to win the first two sets before taking a big lead and coasting to victory in the third set.
U.S. outside hitter Sterling Foley led all scorers with 18 points on 16 kills and two blocks. Outside hitter Sean Kelly added 16 points on 15 kills and one block.
The U.S. led Argentina in kills (41-32) and blocks (12-5). Argentina led in aces (4-1). The U.S. scored 21 points on Argentina’s errors and gave up 16.
Costa Rica fell to Egypt 0-3 (20-25, 21-25, 21-25). Egypt led Costa Rica 42-29 in attacks, 11-6 in blocks and 3-1 in aces. Costa Rica scored 26 points on Egypt’s errors and handed out 19.
Opposite Yulius Brown and outside hitter Stanley Grant led Costa Rica with 13 points each.
The preliminary round concludes on Sunday with Puerto Rico (1-2) against Colombia (1-2), Mexico (1-2) against Belgium (2-1) and USA (3-0 against Serbia (1-2).
Costa Rica (0-4) ended the preliminary round and will move into the round for positions 17 to 20.