Associate Director, communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National A2 Team lost to Brazil 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 28-26 in the Sixth Men’s Pan American Cup gold-medal match played Saturday evening in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
The U.S. Men were attempting to win their fifth Pan American Cup as they had won the event in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In the process, Brazil won its first Pan American Cup in the sixth annual event.
Brazil held an 18-11 lead in the opening set, but had to score the final two points to win 25-23 after the Americans tied the set at 23-all. The second set had seven lead changes and 12 ties, but a U.S. 6-1 scoring run rallied it from a 13-12 deficit en route to a 25-21 victory. Despite Brazil’s Raphael Oliveira leaving the match with an injury and 12 points at 8-7 in the third set, Brazil never flinched in building its lead to 13-9 and pushing to the 25-17 victory. Brazil rallied from a 7-2 deficit in the fourth set to close out the match with a 28-26 victory.
Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) led the Americans with 17 points each. Tarr scored all his points on kills via 27 attacks, while Price totaled 16 kills and a block. Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) totaled 11 kills on 23 swings and four blocks for 15 points. David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) charted five kills, five blocks and two aces for 12 points. Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) tacked on five points, while Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) added two kills. Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a block.
Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and Price each handled seven digs as Brazil out-dug the Americans 36-26 for the match. Winder contributed 27 assists on 89 attempts. Tarr was credited with 21 successful service receptions on 27 attempts, while Watten added 18 on 28 attempts. The U.S. totaled 87 service reception chances with 56 deemed successful, while Brazil was 54 of 76.
"I'm proud of the way our guys fought, it was a really tough match," said Tarr, who served as the team capain. "We had our opportunities to close it out in that fourth set and couldn’t do it."
U.S. Men’s National 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. Watten was the libero for the match.
The U.S. out-blocked Brazil 12-5, but the Brazilian serve netted a 7-2 advantage in aces. The Americans committed 30 errors in the match, while the South Americans limited their miscues to 20. Both teams collected 57 kills in the match. The U.S. held a 49.6 kill percent with a .339 hitting efficiency, while Brazil held a .325 hitting efficiency with a 48.7 kill percent.
The U.S. and Brazil are using developmental and National Team reserve players during the Pan American Cup with both countries participating in the FIVB World League Pool A at the same time. The two squads will meet each other June 24-25 in Tulsa for a pair of matches.
Paulo Silva led Brazil and all scorers with 23 points with 20 kills, two aces and a block. Vinicius Siqueira added points, while Anderson Rodrigues - Oliveira’s replacement – scored eight points in less two sets to keep the Brazilian momentum.
Earlier today, Canada defeated Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-20, 25-21 for the bronze medal, while Mexico was awarded a forfeit victory (25-0, 25-0, 25-0) over Venezuela in the fifth place match as the South American squad did not have enough players to compete. Argentina finished the tournament in seventh place with a 25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Dominican Republic.
The U.S. committed consecutive hitting errors to open the first set giving the Brazil a 2-0 lead. Brazil went into the first technical timeout leading 8-5 following a block, then scored a third straight point on a kill out of the timeout. Tarr collected consecutive kills to cut the deficit to 9-7 out of the timeout. Brazil pushed to a six-point advantage at 15-9 with four unanswered points, then extended the gap to seven points at 18-11. The Americans stopped the run with a Troy kill and Brazil error at 18-13. Brazil responded with back-to-back points for a 20-13 lead. Jablonsky scored two kills around a Hein kill to narrow the deficit to 20-16. The U.S. closed to 23-21 with a Tarr kill followed by Smith picking up a block and kill. Out of a Brazil timeout, Smith put up a block for a fourth straight U.S. point on Tarr’s serve slicing the deficit to a single point at 23-22. Price tied the set at 23-all with a kill off the block. However, Brazil scored the final two points to win the set 25-23. Tarr provided six points for the Americans in the opening set, while Price added five points. The U.S. committed nine errors in the set.
After four lead changes and five ties, Brazil earned the first two-point edge of the second set at 7-5. However, Jablonsky and Tar connected for consecutive kills to knot the score at 7-all. Price and Tarr pocketed back-to-back kills to give the Americans a 10-9 advantage, the fifth lead change of the set. Brazil regained the advantage at 13-12. Price answered with three kills and a block for a four-point U.S. run to take a 16-13 lead into the second technical timeout. The U.S. increased the lead to 18-14 with consecutive Tarr kills. Jablonsky and Tarr hammered back-to-back kills to send Brazil into a timeout down 21-16. Brazil narrowed the deficit to 21-19 with three consecutive points capped by an ace. Smith answered with consecutive blocks to regain a four-point edge for the Americans at 23-19. The U.S. sided out the rest of the way for a 25-21 victory. Tarr and Price each scored six points in the second set, and the Americans picked up four blocks and held their errors to five.
Brazil earned the first two-point cushion of the third set at 7-5, then inched the lead to 10-7 with an ace. Brazil extended its margin to four points at 13-9. Brazil scored points on each side of the second technical timeout to push the score to 17-12, then increased the margin to 20-13 with a three-point scoring run. Brazil finished out the set with a 25-17 victory. Jablonsky scored four points for the Americans in the third set, but seven U.S. errors and three Brazil aces provided a key source of points on the other side of the net.
Winder and Jablonsky netted consecutive blocks and Brazil hit long to give the Americans a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. Out of Brazil timeout, Smith served consecutive aces to push the lead to 7-2. Brazil scored consecutive points to close to 7-4. Brazil came out of the first technical timeout with consecutive points including a Rodrigues ace at 8-6. Brazil closed to within one at 10-9. However, the U.S. rebuilt a three-point edge at 13-10 with consecutive Brazil errors. Brazil chipped back to within one at 14-13, then tied the set at 15-all. Price pounded an overpass kill after a Brazil service error to yield an 18-16 American advantage. The U.S. increased its lead to 21-18 with a Tarr kill and Jablonsky block forcing a Brazil timeout. Brazil responded with consecutive points to close to one at 21-20 after an American attack error, then tied the set again at 22-all. Brazil went in front 24-23 with a Rodrigues ace. The U.S. saved two match points and went in front 26-25 with a Brazil service error and attack error. However, Brazil scored back-to-back points to regain the lead at 27-26 and won the match on its third opportunity. Jablonsky scored six points for the Americans in the fourth set, but nine U.S. errors hurt in the end.
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
June 16: Venezuela def. Panama 25-20, 25-13, 25-15 (Classification 5-10)
June 16: Dominican Republic def. Bahamas 25-20, 25-14, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12 (Classification 5-10)
June 16: Puerto Rico def. Argentina 25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 27-25 (Quarterfinals)
June 16: Canada def. Mexico 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-18 (Quarterfinals)
June 17: Bahamas def. Panama 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 (9th Place)
June 17: Venezuela def. Argentina 25-11, 26-24, 16-25, 27-25 (Classification 5-8)
June 17: Mexico def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 (Classification 5-8)
June 17: USA def. Puerto Rico 25-18, 25-17, 25-14 (Semifinals)
June 17: Brazil def. Canada 25-20, 29-27, 25-16 (Semifinals)
June 18: Argentina def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 25-15 (7th Place)
June 18: Mexico def. Venezuela 25-0, 25-0, 25-0 in forfeit (5th Place)
June 18: Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-20, 25-21 (Bronze Medal)
June 18: Brazil def. USA 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 28-26 (Gold Medal)