U.S. Men Improve to 2-0 at World University Games
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 13, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team improved its record to 2-0 in pool play with a 25-18, 25-9, 25-20 victory over Turkey on Saturday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
The U.S. leads Group D with a 2-0 match record, a 6-0 set record and a points ratio of 1.471. Thailand and Czech Republic also have 2-0 match records and 6-0 set records, but the United States leads with its points ratio. Turkey is 0-2 and in last place in the group.
Turkey led the match in attacks at 27-25, but the United States won on blocks (12-2) and service aces (6-1) and also scored 32 points on Turkey’s errors while being charged with only 17.
"This was another nice win for Team USA," U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) said. "Turkey led most of the third set and pressed our team. Tom Amberg came to front row with Turkey leading 18-16, and turned the set. The team rallied and played good team volleyball to finish off the match."
Outside hitter Thomas Amberg (Westwood, Calif./UCLA) led all scorers with 16 points on seven kills, a match-high eight blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif./UCSB) added 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace.
Kemal Kivanc Elgaz paced Turkey with 12 points on 12 attacks.
"The guys are really starting to come together as a group and true team," Mayforth said. "The difference was really the USA block and serve."
Among other U.S. players, opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo./USC) scored five points on four kills and one ace. Middle blocker Weston Dunlap (Newport Beach, Calif./UCLA) and outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) each scored four points. Dunlap had two kills and two blocks. Lawson finished with three kills and one block.
Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC), middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif./Long Beach State) and outside hitter Cory Yoder (San Clemente, Calif./UC Irvine) each scored one point on an ace.
Libero Eric Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) was credited with three digs and four receptions. Setter Kawika Shoji was credited with 26 assists and no faults.
U.S. head coach Gordon Mayforth started Menzel and Lawson at outside hitter, Dunlap and Ambert at middle blocker, Troy at opposite, Kawika Shoji at opposite and Erik Shoji at libero. Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) started the third set for Troy. Bourne, Meehan and Yoder all played as substitutes.
2011 World University Games
Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China
U.S. Men’s Roster
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
2 - Thomas Amberg (MB, 6-7, Westwood, Calif., UCLA)
3 - Tri Bourne (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
4 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
5 - Weston Dunlap (MB, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Brad Lawson (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
7 - Riley McKibbin (S, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
8 - Ryan Meehan (MB, 6-8, Dana Point, Calif., Long Beach State)
9 - Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
10 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
11 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
12 - Cory Yoder (OH, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
Head Coach: Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Assistant Coach /Team Leader: Pete Hanson (Ohio State)
Assistant Coach: JT Wenger (UCLA)
Trainer: Larnie Boquiren
Jim Baughman (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)
Kyle Caldwell (Opp, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
Taylor Hughes (OH, 6-7, Fallbrook, Calif., Pacific)
Matt Pollock (MB, 6-9, Orland Park, Ill., Pepperdine)
Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Calif., Hawaii)
Rob Stowell (Opp, 6-7, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., BYU)
Match Schedule and Results (All times local)
Aug 12: U.S. def. Mexico, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15
Aug 13: USA vs. Turkey, 25-18, 25-9, 25-20
Aug 15: USA vs. Czech Republic, 6 p.m.
Aug 16: USA vs. United Arab Emirates, 3 p.m.
Aug 17: USA vs. Thailand, 6 p.m.
Aug 19: Quarterfinals
Aug 20: Semifinals
Aug 22: Gold and bronze medal matches
Group D Rankings
Country / Points / Match record / Set record / Point Ratio
USA / 4 / 2-0 / 6-0 / 1.471
THA/ 4 / 2-0 / 6-0 / 1.372
CZE / 4 / 2-0 / 6-0 / 1.266
MEX / 0 / 0-2 / 0-6 / 0.777
UAE / 0 / 0-2 / 0-6 / 0.740
TUR / 0 / 0-2 / 0-6 / 0.684