U.S. Men Return to Winner's Circle at WUGs
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team found its way back to the winner’s circle with a 25-21, 24-26, 25-10, 27-25 victory over Sweden on Saturday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
The U.S. Team improved to 4-3 and will play for 13th place on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Shenzhen (10 p.m. Saturday PT) against Norway.
After losing two straight five-set matches to Thailand and Japan with a high number of team errors, the United States held its team errors to 18 on Saturday while scoring 39 points off of Sweden’s miscues.
The U.S. Men led in blocks (9-7), but trailed in attacks (52-50) and service aces (5-3). The U.S. Men converted 45 percent of their attack attempts into points and had a hitting efficiency of 0.342. Sweden converted 40.3 of its kill attempts and had a hitting efficiency of 0.194.
Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif./UC Irvine) led all scorers with 18 points on a match-high 16 kills and two aces. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC) added 17 points on 11 attacks, a match-high five blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Tom Amberg (Westwood, Calif./UCLA) totaled 13 points on 10 kills (0.615 hitting efficiency) and three blocks.
Martin Larsson led Sweden with 15 points on 13 attacks, one block and one ace.
Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif./Long Beach State) scored five points on four attacks and one block. Outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) and outside hitter Cory Yoder (San Clemente, Calif./UC Irvine) each added four points on four kills.
Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif./UCSB) scored one point on one kill.
Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) led the team in digs with seven and also had seven receptions. Bourne had 10 receptions and four digs and Yoder had seven receptions and four digs.
U.S. Men’s Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) started Lawson and Bourne at outside hitter, Amberg and Meehan at middle blocker, Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC) at setter, Clark at opposite and Erik Shoji at libero.
Yoder started the third and fourth sets for Lawson. Menzel, setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) and opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo./USC) 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)
Group D Results
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 def. United Arab Emirates, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20
Aug 17: Thailand def. USA, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23
Group D Rankings
Country / Points / Match record / Set record
CZE / 10 / 5-0 / 15-5
THA/ 9 / 4-1 / 13-4
USA / 8 / 3-2 / 12-6
MEX / 7 / 2-3 / 6-9
TUR / 6 / 1-4 / 5-13
UAE / 5 / 0-5 / 1-15
Quarterfinals for ninth-16th
Aug. 19: Japan def. USA, 25-20, 23-25, 28-30, 25-21, 15-11
Semifinals for 13th-16th
Aug. 20: USA def. Sweden, 25-21, 24-26, 25-10, 27-25
Finals for 13th-14th
Aug. 21: USA versus Norway/Mexico at 10 p.m. PT