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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 29, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team fought off two match points and ended the Pan American Games on a positive note on Saturday as it defeated Canada, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 19-17 for a fifth-place finish in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The five-set match was the fifth out of six that the U.S (3-3) played over the six days of the tournament. Canada finished in sixth place with a record of 2-4.
In the fifth set, Canada reached match point at 14-12. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored on a kill and Canada’s next hit went out to tie the score. The U.S. reached its first match point at 15-14, but then hit its next ball out of bounds. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) gave the U.S. its second match point with a kill, but Canada responded with an attack. Finally, outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) struck with a kill, and then combined with middle blocker Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) for a final block to win the match for the U.S.
Vance led the U.S. Men in scoring with 21 points on 18 kills and three blocks. Patak had 20 points on 19 attacks and one block and Vogel totaled 20 points on 11 spikes and a match-high nine blocks. Ciarelli finished with 14 points on 14 attacks.
Canada’s Spencer Leiske led all scorers with 24 points on a match-high 22 kills, one block and one ace.
The U.S. led Canada in attacks, 73-60, and blocks 16-9. Canada led in aces, 4-1 and also scored on 28 U.S. team errors while committing 22. Ten of the U.S. team errors came in the first set and another eight came in the fourth, both sets that the U.S. lost.
The U.S. had a kill percent of 46.8 and a hitting efficiency of 0.385. Canada had a kill percent of 38.7 and a hitting efficiency of 0.258.
Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored nine points on six kills, two blocks and the only U.S. ace. Setter Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled six points on five kills and one ace. Caldwell was credited with 54 assists.
Libero Kirk Francis (Torrance, Calif.) led the team in digs with 14 and receptions with 24.
U.S. Head Coach John Speraw stuck with his starting lineup throughout the match with Ciarelli and Vance at outside hitter, Rawson and Vogel at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Caldwell at setter and Francis at libero.
The bench players could be heard throughout the match cheering for their teammates.
Three of the starters and four from the team will return to their colleges on Monday: Vogel and Caldwell are seniors at UCLA, Ciarelli is a senior at the University of Southern California and outside hitter Matt Stork (Topanga, Calif.) is in his final year at Cal State Northridge.
Patak will be due back to the U.S. training headquarters at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., around Nov. 7 to prepare for the FIVB World Cup, which is the first chance for the U.S. Men to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii) will return to his Puerto Rican league team, Plataneros de Corozal. Vance will go to his team in the French league, ACON Volley.
The U.S. Men held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, scoring on two kills from Ciarelli and a kill and two blocks from Patak along with kill from Vance. Canada scored twice coming out of the break on two straight kills to lead 9-8. Canada increased its lead to two at 12-9 and the U.S. called timeout. Vance scored on two straight attacks to pull the U.S. to within one, but Canada increased its lead to two at 14-12. The U.S. came back with four straight points on a Ciarelli kill, ace by Rawson and two blocks from Vogel to lead 16-14 at the second TTO. But Canada used two straight attacks to tie the score. The score was still tied at 22-22, when Canada scored on two attacks and a block to win the set. The U.S. was hurt by 10 team errors, including six service errors.
The U.S. looked much better to open the second set as Vogel score three straight points on two kills and a block, followed by two back-row attacks by Patak to give the U.S. a 5-1 lead. Three Canadian errors gave the U.S. an 8-3 lead at the first TTO. With the U.S. still leading by four at 15-11, the team got three straight spikes from Vance, Rawson and then Vance again to lead 18-11. The final U.S. run came with it leading 20-14 as Patak opened with an attack followed by a spike and block from Vogel and a back-row strike from Vance to reach set point. Canada scored on an attack before Patak won the set for the U.S. with a kill. The U.S. reduced its error total to four in the set while Canada had six.
The U.S. kept its momentum in the third set, taking an 8-4 lead at the first TTO, including two attacks from Vance, one from Vogel and one from Patak. Canada came back with a kill, but the U.S. went on a 4-0 run, including spikes from Ciarelli and Patak to lead 12-5. The U.S. increased the lead to eight by the second TTO, 16-8. With the U.S. leading 23-15, Canada scored twice to pull to within six. Vance gave the U.S. set point on a back-row attack. Canada scored twice more on kills by Jacob Kilpatrick before Caldwell used a setter dump to win the set.
The teams were even to open the fourth set, but with the scored tied 6-6, Canada scored on a kill and U.S. error to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. The U.S. eventually tied the score again at 11-11, but Canada came back with two straight points to lead again. Canada held a 16-13 advantage at the second TTO and scored two more points after the break to increase the lead to 18-13. The U.S. never recovered.
The score was tied 4-4 in the fifth set when Canada scored on a kill and block to take a 6-4 lead. The U.S. threatened, but could not get closer than one point. With Canada leading 13-11, Patak scored with a kill to pull within one again, but Canada reached match point with a strike off the U.S. block. Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored on a kill and Canada’s next hit went out to tie the score. The U.S. reached its first match point at 15-14, but then hit its next ball out of bounds. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) gave the U.S. its second match point with a kill, but Canada responded with an attack. Finally, outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) struck with a kill, and then combined with middle blocker Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) for a final block to win the match for the U.S.
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
Schedule and Results (All Times PT)
Group A Standings
1 Cuba (3-0) 13 points
2 Argentina (2-1) 8 points
3 Mexico (1-2) 6 points
4 Venezuela (0-3) 3 points
Group A Results
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: Argentina def. Venezuela 25-23, 21-25, 29-27, 23-25, 18-16
Oct. 26: Cuba def. Mexico 25-18, 25-21, 25-23
Group B Standings
1 Brazil (3-0) 14 points
2 Puerto Rico (1-2) 7 points
3 USA (1-2) 6 points
4 Canada (1-2) 3 points
Group B Results
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: Puerto Rico def. Canada 25-22, 25-17, 25-23
Oct. 26: Brazil def. USA 18-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18
Oct. 27: Argentina def. USA 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-11
Oct. 27: Mexico def. Puerto Rico, 24-26, 16-25, 28-26, 25-21, 15-9
Oct. 28: USA def. Venezuela, 21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13
Oct. 28: Canada def. Puerto Rico, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20
Oct. 28: Cuba def. Argentina 25-21, 25-27. 28-30, 25-15, 27-15
Oct. 28: Brazil def. Mexico 26-28, 27-25, 25-22, 25-15
Oct. 29: Puerto Rico def. Venezuela 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 21-25, 15-8
Oct. 29: USA def. Canada 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 19-17
Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.: Bronze medal - Mexico versus Argentina
Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.: Gold medal - Cuba versus Brazil
Past U.S. Pan American Games Men’s Volleyball Finishes
1963: Silver (Brazil gold)
1971: Silver (Cuba gold)
1975: Fourth (Cuba gold)
1979: Fourth (Cuba gold)
1983: Fourth (Brazil gold)
1991: Fifth (Cuba gold
1995: Silver (Argentina gold)
1999: Seventh (Cuba gold)
2003: Fourth (Venezuela gold)
2007: Silver (Brazil gold)