Patch helped the United States defend its title of the biennial NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship with 19 points in the gold-medal match against Canada. He finished the tournament with 55 total points, including 47 kills, seven blocks and an ace. Patch ranked fifth in Best Spiker with a 48.45 kill percent on 97 attempts.
“This is a total honor,” Patch said. “I don’t think it’s about one valuable person for our team. No one person can excel without great setters and great passers. It was a team effort out there tonight.”
Other awards were presented to Guatemala’s Gerardo Gonzalez Paz for Best Scorer, Canada’s Dany Demyanenko for Best Spiker, Canada’s Alexander William Russell for Best Blocker, United States’ Gregory Petty for Best Server, Mexico’s Jose Mendoza for Best Digger and Best Libero, United States’ Micah Chistenson for Best Setter and Puerto Rico’s Luis Bertran for Best Receiver.
MVP: Benjamin Patch (United States) – 55 points scored for eighth-best, 48.45 kill percent for fifth-best in Best Spiker
Best Scorer: Gerardo Gonzalez (Guatemala) – 107 points with 99 kills, 4 blocks, 4 aces
Best Spiker: Dany Demyanenko (Canada) – 68.06 success percent with 49 kills on 72 total attempts
Best Blocker: Alexander William Russell (Canada) – 0.89 block average per set with 16 blocks on 39 block attempts
Best Server: Gregory Petty (United States) – 0.50 service ace average per set with 8 aces on 44 service attempts
Best Digger: Jose Mendoza (Mexico) – 3.53 digs average per set with 67 digs on 106 dig attempts
Best Setter: Micah Christenson (United States) – 5.44 running sets average per set with 87 running sets on 254 total attempts
Best Receiver: Luis Bertran (Puerto Rico) – 92.78 efficiency percent with 90 excellents on 97 attempts
Best Libero: Jose Mendoza (Mexico) – 8.42 average per set with 160 excellents on 223 attempts