U.S. Men Coast Past Costa Rica at NORCECA
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 30, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team had little trouble defeating Costa Rica, 25-16, 25-12, 25-9 on Tuesday at the 2011 Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Men (2-0) will play Cuba (2-0) at 3 p.m. PT on Wednesday to determine the winner of Pool B. The winner of that match will have a bye into the semifinals on Friday. Costa Rica (0-2) will play Trinidad & Tobago (0-2) to determine the third-place pool finisher.
Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) paced the U.S. Men on Tuesday with 12 points on a match-high 10 kills (0.500 hitting efficiency), one block and one ace. Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) added 10 points on five attacks, two blocks and three aces.
The United States out-attacked Costa Rica 41-19 and had a 0.500 hitting efficiency and successfully completed 60.3 percent of its kill attempts. It out-blocked the Central Americans 10-2 and scored on eight aces while Costa Rica had one.
“My team put pressure on Costa Rica and executed the game plan very well," said U.S. Team Captain Clay Stanley (Honolulu), who suffered an ankle injury on Monday and is questionable for Wednesday's match against Cuba. "Costa Rica also played really well.”
Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) each totaled nine points on seven kills and two blocks. Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored eight points on six attacks and two blocks.
Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored seven points on three kills and a match-high four aces. Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) amassed four points on three attacks and one block.
Costa Rica was led by Team Captain Richard Smith, who had seven points on six attacks and one ace.
Hansen and setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) were each credited with 11 assists.
Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team in digs with 11 and receptions with nine. Anderson had seven receptions.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Rooney at outside hitter, Millar and Holt at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.
Jablonsky substituted for Anderson in the second set and started the third. Thornton substituted for Hansen in the second set and started the third.
Costa Rica kept the score close to open the first set. But with the U.S. Men leading 9-7, they scored twice to increase their lead to 11-7. The U.S. still led by four at 17-13 when it went on a five-point scoring run, including kills by Rooney, Holt and Patak and an ace from Millar, to lead 21-13. From there, the United States cruised to the 25-16 set victory. Holt had four kills and one block in the set. Rooney had two kills and two blocks and Millar finished with one kill and two aces.
Costa Rica took a 5-1 lead in the second set before the U.S. Men scored five straight points, including kills from Rooney, Holt, Anderson and Hansen and a Patak ace, to take a 6-5 lead. The United States led 8-6 at the first technical timeout (TTO). The U.S. Men continued to lead at 12-9 when a Rooney strike set off an 8-0 scoring run behind the serving of Anderson, who had four aces. The United States reached set point at 24-11. Costa Rica scored once more before the U.S. put the set away. Anderson had five points in the set with his four aces and one attack. Patak scored five points with four kills and one ace.
The United States jumped out to an 8-0 lead at the first TTO of the third set, getting four points from Jablonsky, who started the set for Anderson. The U.S. Men led 16-4 at the second TTO and reached match point at 24-8, allowing Costa Rica to score one more time before closing out the set. Jablonsky finished the set with seven points.
2011 NORCECA Men's Continental Championship
Aug. 29-Sept. 3
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
U.S. Men's Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-7, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
13 Clay Stanley (Opp, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-8, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Therapist/Trainer: Frank Ciarelli
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Team Doctor: David Dyck
Schedule (All times PT) and Results
Aug. 29: Canada def. Mexico, 25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 25-22
Aug. 29: Puerto Rico def. St. Lucia, 25-11, 25-17, 25-11
Aug. 30: Canada def. St. Lucia, 25-18, 25-14, 25-13
Aug. 30: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico at 5 p.m.
Aug. 31: St. Lucia vs. Mexico at 1 p.m.
Aug. 31: Puerto Rico vs. Canada at 5 p.m.
Aug. 29: USA def. Trinidad and Tobago, 25-15, 25-7, 25-12
Aug. 29: Cuba def. Costa Rica, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15
Aug. 30: Cuba def. Trinidad and Tobago, 25-14, 25-15, 25-13
Aug. 30: USA def. Costa Rica vs. USA, 25-16, 25-12, 25-9
Aug. 31: Trinidad and Tobago vs. Costa Rica at 11 a.m.
Aug. 31: USA vs. Cuba at 3 p.m.
Sept. 1: 2nd B vs. 3rd A at 3 p.m.
Sept. 1: 2nd A vs. 3rd B at 5 p.m.
Sept. 2: 4th A vs. Loser of M14* (or M13) at 11 a.m.
Sept. 2: 4th B vs. Loser of M13* (or M14) at 1 p.m.
Sept. 2: 1st B vs. Winner of M14* (or M13) at 3 p.m.
Sept. 2: 1st A vs. Winner of M13* (or M14) at 5 p.m.
Final Classification 7-8
Sept. 3: Loser of M15 vs. Loser of M16 at 11 a.m.
Final Classification 5-6
Sept. 3: Winner of M15 vs. Winner of M16 at 1 p.m.
Sept. 3: Loser of M17 vs. Loser of M18 at 3 p.m.
Sept. 3: Winner of M17 vs. Winner of M18 at 5 p.m.