U.S. Men's Update: Scrimmage 1 and Pan Am Cup
Players on the white team listen to the National Anthem
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 27, 2013) – As part of its preparations for the NORCECA Continental Championship, the U.S. Men’s National Team held a Red-White scrimmage on Aug. 24 at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.
The White Team, which started Matt Anderson, Reid Priddy, Micah Christenson, Jeff Menzel, Max Holt, David Smith and Erik Shoji, defeated the Red Team, 21-15, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.
The Red Team started Sean Rooney, Kyle Caldwell, David Lee, Rich Lambourne, Russell Holmes, David McKienzie and Carson Clark.
Anderson, who started all four sets and spent some time at opposite, led all scorers with 21 points on a match-high 20 kills and one ace. Christenson, who was making his debut with the National Team, set the White Team to a 44.6 kill percent and a .366 hitting efficiency. He also scored four points on three kills and one block.
The White Team led in kills (71-69), blocks (14-12) and aces (7-6).
Clark at opposite paced the Red Team with 20 points on 16 attacks, two blocks and two aces.
Among other scorers for the White Team, middle blocker Futi Tavana, who started the third and fourth sets, scored 12 points on four attacks, a match-high six blocks and two aces.
Outside hitter and three-time Olympian Priddy, who sat out the 2013 FIVB World League, returned to start the first two sets and score eight points on six attacks and two aces. Middle blocker Smith totaled eight points on four attacks and four blocks.
Outside hitter and opposite Menzel scored seven points on six kills and one ace.
Also scoring for the white team were Holt (5), Tony Ciarelli (4) and Paul Lotman (2). Erik Shoji started at libero for the White Team and was credited with 21 receptions, 57 percent positive. Menzel led in receptions with 24, 50 percent positive.
Two-time Olympian and gold medalist Rooney was a surprise starter for the Red Team. He started the first three sets and finished with 14 points on 13 kills and one block. McKienzie, a 2012 Olympian, was also making his 2013 debut with the team at outside hitter and finished with 14 points on 12 attacks and two aces.
Holmes finished with 11 points on five attacks, a team-high five blocks and one ace. Lee scored five points on one kill, three blocks and one ace. Garrett Muagututia started the fourth set and scored three points and setter Kyle Caldwell started the first three sets and scored two.
Setter Kawika Shoji started the fourth set for the Red Team. He and Caldwell combined to set the team to a 49.5 kill percent and a .456 hitting efficiency.
Two time Olympian and gold medalist Rich Lambourne was the Red Team libero and finished with 27 receptions, 37 percent positive. McKienzie led in receptions with 35, 43 percent positive.
For those who missed the first scrimmage, the team will play a second on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. PT at Tustin (Calif.) High School. Tickets will again be $5 at the door and players will sign autographs and take photos following the match.
SANDER STANDS OUT
Though the U.S. Men’s Pan American Cup Team finished fifth, outside hitter Taylor Sander was named best server with a total of 10 aces (.48 per set) and was also one of two outside hitters named to the tournament’s All-Star Team.
Sander finished second among all scorers in the tournament with 80 points on 59 kills, 11 blocks and 10 aces. Sander’s 59 kills placed him second among all spikers with a 53.2 success percentage.
Among other standout performances from the Pan Am Cup team, opposite Will Price was the team’s second-leading scorer and eighth overall with 49 points on 42 attacks, three blocks and four aces. Middle blocker Dan McDonnell finished fifth among all players in blocks with 12 (.57 per set).
Setter Ryan Ammerman was fourth among all players in setting, finishing with 83 running sets and three faults on 323 attempts.