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Mar 07 U.S. Men Can't Secure Win over Canada at Pan Ams

Oct. 25, 2011, 10:58 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 25, 2011) – A tenacious Canadian team fought off 11 U.S. match points in the fourth set and went on to defeat the U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team, 21-25, 25-23, 37-39, 35-33, 15-12 on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Both the U.S. and Canada are now 1-1 in Pool B. The U.S. Men will finish pool play against Brazil (2-0) on Wednesday in a match that starts at 6 p.m. PT and will be shown on ESPN2 (check your local listings). Canada will play Puerto Rico (0-2).

After winning a five-set match against Puerto Rico on Monday, the young U.S. Men were put to the test again by Canada, which was supported by a raucous crowd of 3,500, in a match that lasted 2 hours and 28 minutes.

“It’s always fun to win in five. It isn’t always so fun to lose in five,” U.S. outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “You can’t say we didn’t play our hardest.”

In the end, the U.S. Men out-hit Canada 75-72. But Canada won the blocking battle, 22-19, and also had three aces while the U.S. had none. The teams were relatively close in errors, with the U.S. committing 38 and Canada with 36.

Ciarelli led the U.S. with 29 points on a team-high 24 kills and five blocks. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) added 16 points on 15 attacks and one block.

“I was proud of the way these guys grinded because truthfully we weren’t playing well early,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) said. “But we figured out a way to grind out a couple wins early and the third set could have gone either way. It was nice to see our guys find a win then.

“We came here to get some experience and with the number of points we played tonight, we certainly got more experience.”

Canada’s opposite Spencer Leiske led all scorers with 36 points on 32 kills, three blocks and one ace. Canada middle blocker Tyler Santoni finished with 18 points including a match-high eight blocks and 10 kills.

After winning the third set (39-37) to take a 2-1 set lead, the U.S. Men held a 21-14 advantage in the fourth and reached match point at 24-21. But Canada would not give up and used a 3-0 run to tie the score at 24-24.

The U.S. reached match point seven more times before Canada tied the score at 31-31, then took its first set point on a block by Tyler Santoni, who ended with eight stuffs. The U.S. fought back with a kill from Jordan DuFault (Lakewood, Calif.) and took its 11th match point when Canada hit the next ball out of bounds.

But the U.S. served the ball into the net to tie the score, and then was called for a net violation, giving Canada its second set point. The U.S. hit the next ball out of bounds to give Canada the set victory and set up the fifth-set tie-breaker.

Canada took a 5-2 lead in the fifth set, but the U.S. used a 5-1 run to go ahead 7-6. The teams battled back and forth until the U.S. led 12-11. But the U.S. ran out of steam and Canada scored the final four points of the match, including two Leiske kills, for the victory.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) had 14 points on nine kills and five blocks. Outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) finished with 13 points on 12 kills and one block.

Setter Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled nine points on three attacks and a team-high six blocks. He was also credited with 37 assists.

Middle blocker Scott Slaughter (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished with six points on six attacks. Outside hitter Jordan DuFault (Lakewood, Calif.) contributed four points on four kills. Middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles, Calif.) had three points on two kills and one block.

Libero Kirk Francis (Torrance, Calif.) led the team with 14 digs and 28 receptions.

Speraw started Ciarelli and Vance at outside hitter, Vogel and Rawson at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Caldwell at setter and Francis at libero.

Slaughter started the third, fourth and fifth sets for Rawson. Dufault played as a substitute and started the fifth set for Vance. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii) played as a substitute.

In the first set, Canada took an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), scoring three points on U.S. errors. The U.S. scored on kills from Rawson, Vogel and Ciarelli along with Canada’s mistakes. Canada increased its lead to four at the second TTO, 16-12. The U.S. came out of the break and scored on a Vance kill. Caldwell took the serve and served for four more points, including another kill and a block by Vance and a Ciarelli kill that hit Leiske in the chest and went out of bounds. The U.S. led 17-16.  After Canada tied it, the U.S. scored twice on a Rawson attack and Ciarelli block to go ahead by two. The U.S was called for a violation, but then scored two more points on blocks from Ciarelli and Patak to lead 21-18. The U.S. reached set point at 24-20 on a Vance attack. The next U.S. serve went long, but Canada lost the set on its serve in the net.

The second set started close, with Canada gaining the edge when it went up by two at 5-3 on a U.S. error and block by Leiske. Canada continued to lead by two at the first TTO, 8-6. Coming out of the break, Canada scored two more points on a U.S. hitting error and a block to lead 10-6. The U.S. called timeout and came back with a kill, but could not put together the run of points it needed and Canada led 16-11 at the second TTO. Coming out of the break, the U.S. was called for a back-row violation and Canada used an ace to increase its lead to seven at 18-11. The U.S. scored on Patak’s back-row attack. The next U.S. serve went long, but Ciarelli scored from the back row and the U.S. used three straight points, including two kills by Vance, to pull to within three at 19-16. Canada called timeout and scored on an attack. But the U.S. went on another 3-0 run to pull to within one at 20-19. Canada called timeout and scored two straight points on a kill and U.S. error to increase its lead to 22-19. Canada reached set point first at 24-21. The U.S. scored twice on a Ciarelli kill and block by Vogel and Caldwell before Leiske ended things with a kill.

Slaughter started the third set for Rawson, but the U.S. fell behind 6-3. Speraw brought in DuFault for Patak, but Canada still held an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. fought back and tied the score at 14-14. The teams scored back and forth from there until the score was tied 19-19 and Canada took a two-point lead on a U.S. serving error and a block. The U.S. tied the score on a Vance kill and Ciarelli block. Canada called timeout, but the U.S. took a 22-21 lead on Canada’s hitting error. The teams again traded points until the U.S. reached its first set point at 23-22 on Ciarelli’s kill. Canada came back with a kill and the overtime battle began. The U.S. took set points three more times on kills by Slaughter and Vance and a block from Caldwell before Canada scored twice to reach its first set point at 28-27. The U.S. fought that off with a kill from Vogel and an attack from Ciarelli gave the team its fifth set point. It reached set point four more times on a kill from Patak, two from Ciarelli and a Canada error before Canada scored twice again to reach its second set point at 34-33. The U.S. called timeout and tied it on a Vance kill. Canada took two more set points before the U.S. scored twice on kills by Slaughter and Patak to lead 37-36. Leiske scored on an attack to tie it at 37-37, but a kill by Patak and Slaughter block gave the U.S. the set victory.

Buoyed by its success, the U.S. took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO of the fourth set. Canada tied the score at 11-11, but the U.S. Men pulled ahead again and led 16-12 at the second TTO. They increased their lead to seven at 21-14 before Canada used a 6-1 run to pull to within two at 22-20. The U.S. reached set point at 24-21, but Canada scored three straight to tie it and another overtime battle began. The U.S. reached match point seven more times before Canada tied the score at 31-31, then took its first set point on a block by Tyler Santoni. The U.S. fought back with a kill from DuFault and took its 11th match point when Canada hit the next ball out of bounds. But the U.S. served the ball into the net to tie the score, and then was called for a controversial net violation, giving Canada its second set point. The U.S. hit the next ball out of bounds to give Canada the set victory and set up the fifth-set tie-breaker.

Canada took a 5-2 lead in the fifth set, but the U.S. used a 5-1 run to go ahead 7-6. The teams battled back and forth until the U.S. led 12-11. But the U.S. ran out of steam and Canada scored the final four points of the match, including two Leiske kills, for the victory.

U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team

No Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
5 Eric Vance (OH, 6-4, Camarillo, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
6 Nick Vogel (MB, 6-9, El Cajon, Calif., UCLA)
8 Kyle Caldwell (S, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
9 Scott Slaughter (MB, 6-7, Newport Beach, Calif., UCSB)
10 Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Calif., Hawaii)
11 Matt Stork (OH, 6-5, Topanga, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
12 Kirk Francis (L, 5-11, Torrance, Calif., Long Beach State)
14 Cody Loe (MB, 6-8, Chatsworth, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
15 Jordan DuFault (OH, 6-4, Lakewood, Calif., UC Irvine)
16 Tri Bourne (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USC, Aloha)

Head Coach: John Speraw (UC Irvine)
Team Manager: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Assistant Coach: Jeff Nygaard (USC)
Therapist/Trainer: Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College)
Athletic Trainer: Aimee Miyazawa

Group A
Oct. 24: Cuba def. Argentina 25-22, 18-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-13
Oct. 24: Mexico def. Venezuela 25-23, 25-20, 26-28, 25-21
Oct. 25: Cuba def. Venezuela 25-20, 25-21, 25-17
Oct. 25: Argentina def. Mexico 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10
Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. Argentina vs. Venezuela
Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. Cuba vs. Mexico

Group B
Oct. 24: USA def. Puerto Rico 22-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13
Oct. 24: Brazil def. Canada 25-17, 25-13, 25-13
Oct. 25: Brazil def. Puerto Rico 25-22 25-14 25-18
Oct. 25: Canada def. USA 21-25, 25-23, 37-39, 35-33, 15-12
Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.: Puerto Rico vs. Canada
Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.: Brazil vs. USA

Quarterfinals
Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.: A 2nd vs. B 3rd
Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.: B 2nd vs. A 3rd

Classification 5-8
Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.: A 4th vs. Quarterfinal loser
Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.: B 4th vs. Quarterfinal loser

Semifinals
Oct. 28 at noon: A winner vs. Quarterfinal winner
Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.: B winner vs. Quarterfinal winner

Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.: Classification 7-8
Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.: Classification 5-6
Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.: Bronze medal match
Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.: Gold medal match

Past U.S. Pan American Games Men’s Volleyball Finishes
1955: Gold
1959: Gold
1963: Silver (Brazil gold)
1967: Gold
1971: Silver (Cuba gold)
1975: Fourth (Cuba gold)
1979: Fourth (Cuba gold)
1983: Fourth (Brazil gold)
1987: Gold
1991: Fifth (Cuba gold
1995: Silver (Argentina gold)
1999: Seventh (Cuba gold)
2003: Fourth (Venezuela gold)
2007: Silver (Brazil gold)

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