US Men to Play Argentina in Pan Am Cup Final
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
@USA_Volleyball - USA Volleyball
Unofficial DataVolley Statistics * Official Match Statistics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 13, 2012) – A young group of
players from the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will play Argentina in the
finals of the Pan American Cup on Saturday after outlasting the Dominican
Republic, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 15-12 on Friday in Santo Domingo,
The U.S. Men (4-0) will play Argentina (4-0) for the gold medal at 5 p.m. PT.
Dominican Republic (3-2) will face Brazil (3-2) for the bronze.
The U.S. Men led the Dominican Republic in kills (63-59) and blocks (12-10).
The Dominicans led in aces (10-4) and digs (29-19).
The U.S. took advantage of 34 Dominican errors while giving up 28 points on
The score was tied 7-7 in the fifth-set tiebreaker when the U.S. Men scored
twice on a Dominican error and Rawson block. The U.S. reached match point at
14-11. The Dominican came back to score before the U.S. won it on a Dominican
"The Dominican Republic has made amazing improvement since I saw them in
California (at the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier),” U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell
said. “Their serves kept us off balance.”
U.S. outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led his team
with 22 points on a team-high 19 kills (54.3 kill percent, .400 hitting
efficiency), one block and a team-high two aces. Opposite Murphy Troy (St.
Louis, Mo.) added 15 points on 14 attacks (50.0 kill percent, .357 hitting
efficiency) and one block.
Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) contributed 10 points
on nine attacks and one block. Middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) totaled
nine points on four kills and a team-high five blocks.
Outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) scored seven points on
six attacks and one ace. Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) added
five points on five attacks.
Setter Kawika Shoji (Hawaii) finished with five points on two kills, two
blocks and one ace. He was credited with 15 assists and set the team to a 50.4
kill percent and a .376 hitting efficiency. The Dominican had a 40.4 kill
percent and a .226 hitting efficiency.
The Dominican Republic’s Elvis Contreras led all scorers with 28 points on 22
kills, one block and five aces.
U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) was credited with a team-high
nine digs and 10 excellent receptions. Sander led in excellent receptions with
Patchell started Sander and Ciarelli at outside hitter, Rawson and Dan
McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) at middle blocker, Clark at opposite, Shoji at
setter and Watten at libero.
Davis substituted for McDonnell in the first set and started the next four.
Troy took over for Clark in the second set and started the next three.
Muagututia substituted for Ciarelli in the second set and started the third and
fourth before Ciarelli returned to start the fifth.
Outside hitter Jordan Dufault (Lakewood, Calif.) played as a substitute.
For the U.S. Men’s event page for the Pan American Cup, visit usavolleyball.org/events/10273.
U.S. Men’s Pan American Cup Team
(Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Dylan Davis (MB, 6-9,
Corona Del Mar, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
2 - Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los
4 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC
5 - Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
7 - Jordan Dufault (OH, 6-4,
Lakewood, Calif., UC Irvine)
9 - Daniel McDonnell (MB, 6-6, Glendale, Ariz.,
12 - Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
- Ryan Ammerman (S, 6-8, Parker, Colo., UC Irvine)
14 - Dustin Watten (L,
6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
22 - Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4,
Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
24 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu,
Head Coach: Shawn Patchell
Coach: Tim Johnson
Team Manager: Nicholas
Athletic Trainer: Chad Eichten
2012 Men’s Pan American Cup Schedule and Results
Pool A: Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic, Trinidad
Pool B: Brazil, Mexico, United States,
Pool A Schedule and Results
July 9: Argentina def. Canada
25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14
July 9: Dominican Republic def. Trinidad
& Tobago, 25-13, 25-19, 30-28
July 10: Argentina def. Trinidad &
Tobago, 25-10, 25-18, 24-26, 25-11
July 10: Dominican Republic def. Canada,
25-23, 25-20, 25-17
July 11: Canada def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-15, 25-22,
July 11: Argentina def. Dominican Republic, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 20-25,
Pool B Schedule and Results
July 9: Brazil def. Mexico
25-15, 25-15, 25-16
July 9: United States def. Venezuela 25-17, 25-19,
July 10: United States def. Mexico, 25-8, 25-126, 25-18
Brazil def. Venezuela, 25-20, 25-15, 25-16
July 11: Mexico def. Venezuela,
25-21, 25-21, 25-23
July 11: United States def. Brazil, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20,
July 12: Brazil def. Canada, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-13
Dominican Republic def. Mexico, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 30-28
July 13: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-19, 25-14, 25-14
Canada def. Venezuela, 25-18, 28-26, 25-20
July 13: Argentina def. Brazil,
25-20, 25-17, 25-27, 18-25, 15-13
July 13: United States def. Dominican
Republic, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 15-12
July 14: Trinidad & Tobago vs. Venezuela, 1 p.m. (Classification 7-8)
July 14: Mexico vs. Canada, 3 p.m. (Classification 5-6)
Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. (bronze-medal match)
Argentina vs. United States, 8 p.m. (gold-medal match)