Samuel Lewis, Jonathan Bowles and Joel Schneidmiller led the USA to a 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico in pool play in the FIVB Boys U19 World Championships at Isa City Sports Hall in Bahrain on Sunday.
Lewis had 14 points including eight attacks, three blocks and three aces. Bowles and Schneidmiller had 11 spikes each as the USA won 25-21, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-22. After losing the first two sets, Puerto Rico put a new team on the court and won the third before the Americans closed it out.
Canisius High graduate Devin Joslyn, who is an entering freshman at Loyola of Chicago, made his tournament debut as a substitute for Team USA in the second set and also was inserted in the lineup as a substitute in the fourth set. Joislyn contributed two points and two winning serves to the victory.
The USA will face Tunisia today before closing out pool play against Egypt on Tuesday.