COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team fell to host Mexico, 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 17-15, on Wednesday at the Pan American Cup in Mexico City.
With the loss, the United States (2-1) finished second in Pool B and will have to play in the quarterfinals on Thursday against Puerto Rico. The quarterfinal winner will advance to the semifinals to play either Mexico (3-0) or Brazil (3-0).
“It was a very fun and amazing match,” U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell said. “I can’t say we lost. Mexico defeated us.”
The U.S. led in blocks (20-7) and aces (7-2) while Mexico led in kills (64-58) and also took advantage of 34 U.S. team errors while committing 25.
“We faced a very hostile crowd,” U.S. Team Captain Ryan Ammerman (Parker, Colo.) said. “There are some things to improve but I have one hundred percent faith in my teammates.”
Outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led all scorers with 23 points on 17 spikes, three blocks and three aces. Coming out of pool play, Sander leads all Pan Am Cup players in scoring with 42 points on 32 kills, six blocks and four aces.
Outside hitter Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) added 20 points on a match-high 20 attacks. Middle blocker Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) scored 14 points, including a match-high seven blocks. Opposite Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) scored 10 points, including a match-high four aces.
Ammerman scored seven points, including three aces. Among other U.S. scorers, Jacek Ratajczak (Warsaw, Poland) added seven points, opposite Shawn Sangrey (Columbia, Pa.) totaled three points and Josh Taylor (Honolulu) scored one.
Libero Michael Brinkley (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was credited with five digs and 15 excellent receptions. Ammerman was credited with 23 running sets.
Patchell started Sander and Sunder at outside hitter, McDonnell and Ratajczak at middle blocker, Price at opposite, Ammerman at setter and Brinkley at libero. Sangrey, Taylor and Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) played as substitutes.
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