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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 16, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team got back on the winning track on Tuesday, defeating the United Arab Emirates, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20 at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
The U.S. Team (3-1) will complete pool play on Wednesday against Thailand (3-0) with the winner advancing to play for first-eighth while the loser will play for ninth-16th. Tuesday’s U.S. victory came the day after the U.S. fell 3-2 to the Czech Republic.
The U.S. turned to its serving on Tuesday, hitting the UAE with seven aces, as opposed to two for the other side. The U.S. also led in attacks (31-30) and in blocks (6-4). The UAE was hurt by 31 team errors while the U.S. only committed 18.
The U.S. kill percent was 48.4 and its hitting efficiency was 0.406. The United Arab Emirates’ kill percent was 36.6 and its hitting efficiency was 0.146.
"This was a good win for our team," U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) said. "We were able to play a number of guys and work on some things for tomorrow's match."
Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) led all scorers with 12 points on a match-high 11 kills (0.450 hitting efficiency) and one block. Middle blocker Tom Amberg (Westwood, Calif.) added 10 points on six attacks (0.667 hitting efficiency), one block and a match-high three aces. Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) totaled eight points on five attacks, one block and two aces.
Rashed Hassan paced the United Arab Emirates with nine points on seven attacks and two blocks.
Among other U.S. scorers, setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) had four points on one kill, two blocks and one ace. He was credited with nine assists.
Outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii) added four points on three kills and one ace. Middle blocker Weston Dunlap (Newport Beach, Calif.) added three points on two attacks and one block. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii), middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif.) and outside hitter Cory Yoder (San Clemente, Calif.) each finished with one point on a kill.
Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) was credited with two digs and two receptions.
Mayforth started Lawson and Menzel at outside hitter, Amberg and Dunlap at middle blocker, Kawika Shoji at setter, Troy at opposite and Erik Shoji at libero.
Yoder played as a substitute and started the third set for Lawson. Bourne, Meehan, opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) all played as substitutes.
The team will be tested on Wednesday against Thailand, Mayforth said.
"Tomorrow against Thailand, it is winner take all," he said. "The team knows for us, playoffs start tomorrow. Thailand has their whole national team here, and it will be a good test for our guy. But I am sure we are up to the task."
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 def. Turkey, 25-18, 25-9, 25-20
Aug 15: Czech Republic def. USA, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13
Aug 16: USA vs. United Arab Emirates, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20
Aug 17: USA vs. Thailand, 6 p.m.
Aug 19: Quarterfinals
Aug 20: Semifinals
Aug 22: Gold and bronze medal matches
Group D Rankings (will be updated when Tuesday’s matches are completed)
Country / Points / Match record / Set record / Point Ratio
THA/ 6 / 3-0 / 9-0 / 1.402
CZE / 6 / 3-0 / 9-2 / 1.149
USA / 5 / 2-1 / 8-3 / 1.214
TUR / 4 / 1-2 / 3-7 / 0.831
UAE / 3 / 0-3 / 1-9 / 0.800
MEX / 3 / 0-3 / 0-9 / 0.746