COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team improved to 2-0 on Tuesday at the Pan American Cup with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-20 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in Mexico City..
The United States will conclude pool play on Wednesday against Mexico.
Serving was key for the U.S. as it led Trinidad & Tobago in aces, 10-2, led by Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) with three. The U.S. also took advantage of 33 Trinidadian team errors while committing only 20.
“We are happy to win. Trinidad played hard in the third set, but we have acclimated to the city’s altitude,” U.S. Team Captain Ryan Ammerman (Parker, Colo.) said.
U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell also praised libero Michael Brinkley (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
“The third set was tied, but Michael passed some balls and that helped us to improve,” Patchell said. “We put pressure on the service.”
Outside hitter Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) led the United States with 10 points on seven attacks and a match-high three blocks. The U.S. led in attacks 26-20 and in blocks, 6-2.
Among other U.S. scorers, opposite Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) had seven points on six kills and one block. Middle blocker Russ Lavaja (St. Charles, Ill.) added seven points on four attacks, one block and two aces. Opposite Shawn Sangrey (Columbia, Pa.) totaled six points on five kills and one ace.
Middle blocker Dan McDonnell finished with five points on two kills and three aces. Outside hitters Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Ryan Jay Owens (Evanston, Ill.) each scored three points. Taylor had two attacks and one ace and Owens had one block and two aces. Setter Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) scored a points with an ace.
Ammerman was credited with six running sets on 31 attempts while Olbright was credited with two on 12 attempts.
Patchell started Sunder and Taylor at outside hitter, Lavaja and McDonnell at middle blocker, Price at opposite, Ammerman at setter and Brinkley at libero.
Owens started the second set for Taylor, who returned to start the third. Olbright started the second set for Ammerman, who returned to start the third. Sangrey started the second set for Price, who returned to start the third.
U.S. Men’s Team Roster for Pan American Cup
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Connor Olbright (S, 6-4, Orange, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 Josh Taylor (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Pepperdine)
5 Ryan Jay Owens (OH, 6-6, Evanston, Ill., Orange Coast College)
6 Joe Sunder (OH, 6-7, Greensburg, Pa., Penn State)
8 Michael Brinkley (L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC Irvine)
9 Dan McDonnell (MB, 6-6, Glendale, Ariz., UC Irvine)
12 Will Price (Opp, 6-5, 207, Laytonsville, Md., Penn State)
14 Ryan Ammerman (S, 6-8, Parker, Colo., UC Irvine)
15 Shawn Sangrey (Opp, 6-5, Columbia, Pa., Ohio State)
17 Jacek Ratajczak (MB, 7-2, Warsaw, Poland, Cal State Northridge)
18 Russ Lavaja (MB, 6-7, St. Charles, Ill., BYU)
19 Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
Head Coach: Shawn Patchell (Concordia University)
Assistant Coach: Allan Vince (Cal Baptist University)
Team Manager/Technical Coordinator: Nick MacRae (Long Beach State)
Physiotherapist: Jamie Rodgers