U.S. Men's Update: Patak Honored for Play at Pan American Cup

June 10, 2008, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org     

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team member Evan Patak was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Server of the 2008 Pan American Cup on June 2-7 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Team USA defeated Canada in the gold-medal match on Sunday, 3-1 (25-22 27-29 25-22 25-22).

"It was a great battle with the longest rallies of the tournament," U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe said after the U.S. win. "It was good to see the force of our team. It is a great win, especially with very little preparation before this international tournament."

The United States sent a young team to Winnipeg. All of them finished their college careers in the last three years, except for Matt Anderson, who has one more year at Penn State.

Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), who plays opposite, finished the tournament with 71 points for Team USA on 61 kills, four blocks and six aces. Team captain and middle blocker Andrew Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) was the second-leading scorer with 38 points on 25 kills, 11 blocks and two aces. Middle blocker Nate Meerstein (La Porte City, Iowa) scored 34 points on 25 kills, eight blocks and one ace.

Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) added 32 points on 25 kills, five blocks and two aces. Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), an outside hitter, scored 29 points on 25 kills, two blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) tallied 16 points on 13 kills, two blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) totaled 14 points on nine kills, one block and four aces.

Opposite Matt Proper (Meadville, Pa.) scored seven points on four kills, two aces and one block. Middle blocker Nick Scheftic (Santa Barbara, Calif.) had five points on four kills and one block.

Setters Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and Tyler Hildebrand (Mesa, Ariz.) each scored six points. Winder had one kill, three aces and two blocks. Hildebrand had one kill, two aces and four blocks. The U.S. Men's hitting percentage was 41 percent and they converted half of their kill attempts into points.

Libero Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) was credited with 26 digs (1.9 digs per set).

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING COMPLETE: The final three men's teams that will compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing have been determined at qualifying tournaments over the past two weeks.

Poland, ranked fifth in the world, qualified on June 1 in Portugal.

Italy, ranked 10th in the world, and Japan, ranked 12th, qualified on June 8 in Tokyo.

So the men's field for the 2008 Olympic volleyball competition in Beijing, in order of world ranking, looks like this:

1.  Brazil (1st World Cup, No. 1)
2.  Russia (2nd World Cup, No. 2)
3.  USA (NORCECA zone qualifier, No. 3)
4.  Bulgaria (3rd World Cup, No. 4)
5.  Poland (1st World Olympic Qualification in Portugal, No. 5)
6.  Serbia (Europe zone qualifier, No. 8)
7.  Italy (1st World Olympic Qualification in Japan, No. 10)
8.  Japan (Asia Zone qualifier, No. 12)
9.  Egypt (Africa zone qualifier, No. 14)
10.  Germany (1st World Olympic Qualification in Germany, No. 19)
11.  Venezuela (South America zone qualifier, No. 20)
12.  China (host country, No. 21 in the world)

WORLD LEAGUE TV: The 2008 FIVB World League tournament will be broadcast in the U.S. by ESPNU. Both home and away matches are scheduled to be shown, along with matches from the final round.

The schedule is posted at www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL_TV.asp.

WORLD LEAGUE TICKETS: Tickets for the FIVB World League matches in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 20-21 vs. Bulgaria), Green Bay, Wis. (June 27-28 vs. Finland) and Bloomington, Ill. (July 11-12 vs. Spain) are now on sale. To purchase tickets, go to the USA Volleyball World League site at www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL.asp.

DAVENPORT HONORED AT EXHIBITION: Winthrop "Wink" Davenport, a member of the 1968 U.S. Men's National Team, which finished fifth at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, was honored with the James E. Coleman USA National Team Award at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball on May 27 at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif.

The award is given to individuals who have shown an unusual length of service/involvement with a USA National Team program, unusual performance of excellence in relation to USA National Team programs, and uncompromising commitment to the USA National Team programs.

Davenport served as the USA Volleyball regional commissioner for Southern California when the U.S. Men's and Women's National teams were based there. He also traveled with the teams as a referee.

Davenport is the father of Olympic tennis player Lindsay Davenport and the husband of current USAV Southern California regional commissioner Ann Davenport.