U.S. Men's A2 Team to Play Dominican Again

June 19, 2009, 2:13 a.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 19, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National A2 Volleyball Team will face Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. PDT on Friday in the semifinals of the Pan American Cup in Chiapas, Mexico.

The U.S. Men won Group A with a 2-0 record and rested on Thursday while the quarterfinals were played. Puerto Rico won the other group with a 3-0 record. it will play Canada in the other semifinal.

The medal matches will be played on Saturday.

In Thursday’s first quarterfinal, Canada defeated Guatemala, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-19). In the second, the Dominican Republic beat Mexico, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-23).

Team USA defeated the Dominican Republic in pool play on Monday, 3-0 (31-29, 25-19, 25-20).

2009 U.S. Pan American Cup Roster

No. Name (Position, Height, Weight, Hometown, College)

1 Eric Vance (OH, 6-4, 195, Camarillo, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
3 Dean Bittner (Opp, 6-7, 187, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 Matt McKinney (OH, 6-9, 225, Santa Ynez, Calif., UCLA)
5 Isaac Kneubuhl (L, 6-1, 190, Pukalani, Hawai'i, Cal State Northridge)
6 Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-5, 196, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
7 Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, 200, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
8 Nate Meerstein (MB, 6-9, 209, La Porte City, Iowa, Penn State)
9 Nils Nielsen (OH, 6-4, 180, Fallbrook, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
10 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, 187, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
11 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, 198, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
14 Austin Zahn (MB, 6-8, 220, Hermosa Beach, Calif., USC)
19 Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, 162, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Rick McLaughlin (UC Santa Barbara)
Team Manager: Ken Preston (UC Santa Barbara)
Assistant Coach: Scott Wong (Pepperdine)
Therapist/Trainer: Chris Birch (Penn State)
Team Doctor: Ken Schroeder

Group A Results
June 15: Canada def. Dominican Republic, 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18
June 16: USA def. Dominican Republic, 31-29, 25-19, 25-20
June 17: USA def. Canada, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-13

Group B Results
June 15: Puerto Rico def. Panama, 25-17, 25-14, 25-22
June 15: Mexico def. Guatemala, 25-16, 25-23, 25-17
June 16: Guatemala def. Panama, 25-22, 25-22, 25-18
June 16: Puerto Rico def. Mexico, 33-31, 25-23, 25-21
June 17: Puerto Rico def. Guatemala, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18
June 17: Mexico def. Panama, 25-13 25-18 26-24

Group A Final Standings
USA 2-0
Canada 1-1
Dominican Republic 0-2

Group B Final Standings
Puerto Rico 3-0
Mexico 2-1
Guatemala 1-2
Panama 0-3

Quarterfinals – June 18
Canada def. Guatemala, 25-14, 25-16, 25-19
Dominican Republic def. Mexico, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23

Classification 5 – June 19
Guatemala vs. Mexico

Semifinals – June 19
Puerto Rico vs. Canada
USA vs. Dominican Republic

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