U.S. Men's A2 Team Sweeps Argentina
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National A2 Team used a balanced offense to sweep Argentina 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 on Wednesday afternoon on the final day of Men's Pan American Cup pool play held at Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
The U.S. Men finished 3-0 in Pool C and assured the Americans a spot in the semifinals as one of the two top pool winners with a 1.70 points scored ratio. Brazil captured Pool A with a 2-0 record, but managed just a 1.43 point ratio. Canada captured Pool B with a victory over Dominican Republic following the U.S. win earlier in the day, but Brazil held their pool opponents to one fewer point than Canada (Brazil 150-105 to Canada's 150-106) to claim the second automatic semifinal berth.
The top two first-place teams in the three groups advance directly into the semifinals on June 17, while the third-best pool winner joins the three second-place teams in the quarterfinal round on June 16. The Pan American Cup concludes on June 18 with the medal-round and final classification matches.
The U.S. never trailed in the opening set as it built a 16-10 lead en route to a 10-point victory at 25-15. After 19 consecutive side outs in the second set with the Americans leading 20-19, the U.S. scored five of the final seven points for a 25-21 victory. The Americans captured the third set 25-19 after they opened up an early 5-1 lead, but needed a 4-0 scoring run to take a 13-7 advantage to cruise to the final score.
U.S. captain Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) led all scorers with 14 points via nine kills and a match-high five blocks. Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) added 12 points in the victory on nine kills and three blocks. Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) chipped in eight kills and an ace for nine points, which was matched by David Smith’s (Saugus, Calif.) five kills, three aces and a block and Andrew Hein’s (Carol Stream, Ill.) seven kills, one ace and one block. Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) tallied two kills, while Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) served an ace for the final point of the opening set to round out the scoring.
"It was a good win for our team," U.S. Men's A2 Head Coach Gordon Mayforth said. "With this win, and point spread, we are assured to have a bye in the quarterfinals and will play again in the semifinals. The staff - Sean Byron and Shawn Patchell - have been working very hard with the game plans. The guys have responded and done what we wanted them to do. I thought Jonathan Winder had a good match tonight and was the best match he has had with the Pan Am Cup Team. Will Price was good as was our captain Rob Tarr. David Smith also played a very solid match out of the middle."
Winder set the U.S. to a 48.2 kill percent with a .398 hitting efficiency and just seven errors, while Argentina was held to a 40.5 kill percent and .236 hitting efficiency. Winder tallied 24 of the team’s assists, while Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) charted a team-high five digs. The American middles of Hein and Smith combined to convert 12 of 19 attacks into kills with no errors.
The players and staff know we need to continue to get better in the next matches, but so far this group has responded and is focused to get the job done."
U.S. Men’s A2 Head Coach Gordon Mayforth started Smith and Hein at middle blocker, Jablonsky and Tarr at outside hitter, Price at opposite and Winder at setter. Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) was the libero for the match. Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and Shoji were subs in all three sets.
Team USA held a 10-2 block advantage and out-served Argentina 6-1 in the victory. The Americans added a 40-36 margin in kills. The Americans were out-dug 15-14, but the U.S. had a 61.2 positive service reception on 49 chances to Argentina’s 46.2 percent on 65 chances. Tarr converted 13 of 15 service receptions to lead the Americans.
The U.S. and Argentina are using developmental and National Team reserve players during the Pan American Cup with both countries are participating in the FIVB World League at the same time. The U.S. is currently in second place in the World League Pool A with a 4-2 record and will host Poland this weekend at Hoffman Estates, Ill. Argentina leads World League Pool C with a 5-1 record and will host Portugal this weekend in Catamarca, Argentina.
Ivan Castellani paced Argentina with nine points, while Martin Ramos chipped in eight points in the loss.
The U.S. jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening set with a Jablonsky ace and Price kill. Jablonsky and Tarr connected for consecutive kills to push the advantage to 9-6, then extended the gap to four points at 11-7 on back-to-back Argentina errors. Smith scored a kill and ace followed by a Winder overpass kill to send the U.S. into the second technical timeout leading 16-10. Team USA used a Price kill and Argentina attack error to put the score at 20-13. Out of an Argentina timeout, the U.S. added a third and fourth straights point with an Argentina error and Price kill for a 22-13 American advantage. Out of a second Argentina timeout, Smith put up a block for a fifth straight point. Argentina scored its first consecutive points of the set at 23-15. The U.S. closed out the set with a Tarr kill and Shoji ace at 25-15.
The U.S. scored the first three points of the second set with a kill from Tarr and Hein ace around an Argentina error. Argentina tied the set at 4-all with three straight points. Team USA scored four of the next five points including consecutive kills from Jablonksy and an ace from Smith to go up 8-5. Argentina climbed back into the set with consecutive points, closing the deficit to 10-9. After 19 points were traded on serve, the U.S. was able to inch its lead to 22-19 with a Jablonsky kill and Argentina attack error. Team USA closed out the set 25-21 with a Price kill and Argentina setter error.
The Americans picked up the first three points of the third set with blocks from Tarr and Hein around an Argentina attack error. Price scored a kill and block for a 5-1 lead as Argentina called its first timeout. Argentina cut the deficit in half at 6-4 with back-to-back points. Team USA stretched its advantage to 12-7 with two Tarr kills after an Argentina error. Out of an Argentina timeout, Tarr scored a third straight point and fourth overall for the U.S. in yielding a 13-7 American lead. Argentina put together a 5-1 scoring run to slice the gap to two points at 15-13. The U.S. scored three straight points to regain a five-point advantage at 18-13. Argentina answered with consecutive points to tighten the score to 18-15. Smith served an ace after an Argentina service error to regain a five-point edge at 20-15. Argentina responded with a kill after an U.S. service error for a 20-17 score. Jablonsky and Hein put up back-to-back kills to net a 22-17 advantage. Smith ended the match with a block at 25-19 after a Tarr kill.
U.S. Men’s A2 Team Roster for Men's Pan American Cup
No. - Name (Position, Height, Weight, Hometown, College)
1 - Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, 210, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 - Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, 225, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Murphy Troy (OH, 6-8, 240, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
7 - Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, 216, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
8 - Andy Hein (MB, 6-11, 232, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
9 - Ryan Meehan (MB, 6-8, 209, Dana Point, Calif., Long Beach State)
11 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, 194, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
12 - David Smith (MB, 6-7, 190, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
16 C - Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, 200, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
17 - Will Price (Opp, 6-5, 207, Laytonsville, Md., Penn State)
18 - Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, 205, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
19 - Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, 162, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Team Leader: Jon Roberts
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron
Therapist/Trainer: Shawn Patchell
Technical Coordinator: Jacob Schick
Medical Support: Chad Eichten
2011 Men's Pan American Cup
June 13-18 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Schedule (all times PT)
Group A (Brazil 2-0, Mexico 1-1, Venezuela 0-2)
June 13: Brazil def. Mexico 25-22, 25-20, 25-15
June 14: Mexico def. Venezuela 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13
June 15: Brazil def. Venezuela 25-23, 25-14, 25-11
Group B (Canada 2-0, Puerto Rico 1-1, Dominican Republic 0-2)
June 13: Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-17, 25-17
June 14: Puerto Rico def. Dominican Republic 25-27, 25-23, 28-26, 25-17
June 15: Canada def. Dominican Republic 25-18, 25-23, 25-14
Group C (USA 3-0, Argentina 2-1, Panama 1-2, Bahamas 0-3)
June 13: USA def. Bahamas 25-14, 25-12, 25-12
June 13: Argentina def. Panama 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
June 14: Argentina def. Bahamas 25-20, 25-16, 25-9
June 14: USA def. Panama, 25-14 25-14, 25-11
June 15: Panama def. Bahamas 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18
June 15: USA def. Argentina 25-15, 25-21, 25-19
Classification 5-10, 10 a.m.
Classification 5-10, noon
Quarterfinals, 3 p.m.
Quarterfinals, 5 p.m.
9th/10th Place, 8 a.m.
June 17: Classification 5/8, 10 a.m.
June 17: Classification 5/8, noon
June 17: Semifinals, 3 p.m.
June 17: Semifinals, 5 p.m.
7th/8th Place, 10 a.m.
June 18: 5th/6th Place, noon
June 18: Bronze Medal, 3 p.m.
June 18: Gold Medal, 5 p.m.