US Men Bringing Home Pan American Gold Medals
The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team defeated Argentina, 29-27, 25-20, 25-11 to win the gold medal at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
@USA_Volleyball - USA Volleyball
Official Match Statistics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2012) – A young group of
players from the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team defeated Argentina, 29-27,
25-20, 25-11 to win the gold medal at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo,
The U.S. Men, some of whom could be on the U.S. Olympic volleyball team in
2016, finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. Argentina finished
second at 4-1. It is the fifth time the U.S. Men have won the tournament since
it started in 2006.
U.S. outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was named the
tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington
Beach, Calif.) was named Best Attacker and Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.)
earned Best Defense honors.
The U.S. Men led Argentina in kills (46-30), blocks (5-4), aces (3-1) and
After close contests in the first two sets, the U.S. Men blew the third set
wide open, leading 16-6 at the second technical timeout (TTO) and scoring the
last three points of the match.
U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led all scorers with 19
points on a match-high 18 kills (62.1 kill percent, .517 hitting efficiency) and
one ace. Sander added 10 points on nine attacks and one block.
Ciarelli finished with seven points on seven kills. Middle blocker Dylan
Davis (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) and middle blocker Matt Rawson each scored six
points and each had four attacks and two blocks.
Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) compiled four points on two attacks and
two aces. Outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) totaled two
points on two attacks.
U.S. setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) was credited with 11 assists as he set
the U.S. Men to a 48.4 kill percent and a .379 hitting efficiency. Argentina
finished with a 30.0 kill percent and a .140 hitting efficiency.
Watten was credited with nine digs and seven excellent receptions. Sander led
in receptions with eight.
U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Muagututia
and Sander at outside hitter, Davis and Rawson at middle blocker, Clark at
opposite, Shoji at setter and Watten at libero.
Ciarelli substituted in the first set for Muagututia and started the rest of
the match. Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.), outside hitter Jordan Dufault
(Lakewood, Calif.) and setter Ryan Ammerman (Parker, Colo.) played as
In the first set, the U.S. Men held leads of 8-6 and 11-9. Argentina came
back to tie the score at 13-13 and the teams traded points. Argentina seemed to
have the set in hand when it reached set point at 24-22. But the U.S. came back
with a Sander kill, Argentina error and Troy ace to take its own set point at
25-24. The U.S. would take set point again at 26-25 and 27-26. Finally, the U.S.
took set point No. 4 at 28-27 on a Ciarelli kill and won the set on Argentina’s
With the score tied 9-9 in the second set, the U.S. scored four unanswered
points on a Clark attack, block by Sander and two Argentina errors to lead 13-9.
Argentina closed the gap at 21-20, but then stopped scoring as the U.S. scored
the final four points of the set, including three Argentina errors and a Sander
attack, for the victory.
The U.S. Men led 7-5 in the third set when Team USA used a 7-0 run to build a
significant lead. Clark had two kills in the run while Sander, Davis and
Ciarelli each had one. The U.S. Men went on to lead 16-6 at the second TTO and
scored the final three points of the match for the victory.
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: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 7 p.m.
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 Seventh place: Venezuela def. Trinidad & Tobago, 27-25, 18-25,
25-20, 25-27, 15-13
July 14 Fifth place: Mexico def. Canada, 25-17, 22-25,
25-22, 18-25, 15-13
July 14 Bronze medal: Dominican Republic def. Brazil,
28-26, 25-23, 21-25, 24-26, 15-11
July 14 Gold medal: United States def.
Argentina, 29-27, 25-20, 25-11