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U.S. Men Claim Silver in Pan Am Cup

By Jessica Hall | Aug. 17, 2014, 10:44 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 17, 2014) - The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team for the Pan American Cup claimed silver after falling to Cuba, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23, in the tournament finals on Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico. 


The U.S. held an advantage in aces (4-3) but Cuba controlled kills (41-32) and blocks (9-7). 


“We are so proud of this team,” U.S. Head Coach Charles Sullivan said. “We have never done this as a team at this level and we are pleasantly surprised with how well they competed.”


Leading scorers for the U.S., outside hitter Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) and middle blocker Taylor Averill (San Jose, Calif.), had nine points apiece. Crabb contributed eight kills, one ace and six excellent receptions on 18 total attempts. Averill had eight kills and one ace. 


Middle blocker Scott Kevorken (Westlake Village, Calif.) led the U.S. in blocks with four and added three kills and one ace. 


Opposite Zachary La Cavera (Huntington Beach, Calif.) tallied eight points, including seven kills and one ace. Outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) added four kills and one block. 


Libero Michael Brinkley (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the U.S. in digs with three and had nine excellent receptions on 19 total attempts. 


Setter Robert Boldog (Palatine, Ill.) had 15 running sets on 66 total attempts and one fault for the match. 


“I don’t have too much international experience, I’ve just been playing college volleyball,” U.S. Team Captain La Cavera said. “I didn’t really know what to expect and there were some really great athletes here like the players from Cuba. It was a great competition.”

The second-place finish was a huge improvement from the fifth-place finish the team had in 2012. 

2014 Men’s Pan American Team

# - Name (Position, Hometown, Height, Club/College)
3 – Spencer Rowe (Opp, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., 6-7, UCLA)
4 – Taylor Crabb (OH, Honolulu, Hawaii, 6-1, Long Beach State)
5 – Graham Mcilvaine (S, Hinsdale, Ill., 6-2, Ball State)
7 – Michael Brinkley (L, Huntington Beach, Calif., 5-8, UC Irvine)
11 – Scott Kevorken (MB, Westlake Village, Calif., 6-7, UC Irvine) 
12 – Robart Page (OH, Rochester, N.Y., 7-0, UCLA)
13 – Taylor Averill (MB, San Jose, Calif., 6-7, University of Hawaii)
14 – Jeremy Dejno (OH, New Berlin, Wis., 6-3, UC Irvine)
17 – Zachary La Cavera (OPP, Huntington Beach, Calif., 6-4, UC Irvine)
18 – AJ Nally (OH, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, Springfield College)
20 – Robert Boldog (S, Palatine, Ill., 6-3, Lewis University)
22 – Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., 6-8, Loyola University)

Staff
Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan
Assistant Coach: Theo Edwards
Assistant Coach: Nils Nielsen
Physiotherapist: Steve Miller
Team Manager: Sam Zapatka

Schedule and results for the 2014 IX Men’s Pan American Cup (All Times PDT)

Aug. 11
Venezuela def. Canada- 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 30-28
Cuba def. Puerto Rico- 18-25, 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12
Mexico def. Colombia- 25-20, 25-20, 26-24

Aug. 12 
Puerto Rico def. Dominican Republic- 25-17, 25-18, 28-26
Argentina def. Venezuela- 25-20, 35-33, 25-23
USA def. Colombia- 25-18, 25-23, 25-15

Aug. 13
Cuba def. Dominican Republic- 25-19, 25-19, 25-23
Argentina def. Canada- 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 23-25, 19-17
USA def. Mexico- 31-29, 25-23, 25-23

Aug. 14 
Dominican Republic def. Colombia- 25-21, 25-27, 25-20, 25-21
Cuba def. Venezuela- 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 29-31, 15-6 
Puerto Rico def. Mexico- 27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16

Aug. 15
Canada def. Dominican Republic- 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13
Cuba def. Argentina- 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 15-13
USA def. Puerto Rico- 28-26, 25-22, 26-24

Aug. 16
Venezuela def. Mexico- 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-23
Argentina def. Puerto Rico- 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 24-26, 16-14
Cuba def. USA- 25-16, 25-23, 25-23

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