COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. men’s team competing at the Pan American Games fell to Argentina, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Exhibition Centre in Toronto.
The U.S. Men (1-3) will play Cuba (2-2) in the fifth-place match on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
One day after the U.S. Men fell in five sets against Canada, Argentina led the quarterfinal match, in kills (40-27) and aces (4-0). The teams were tied 5-5 in blocks. Argentina scored on 26 U.S. errors while committing 20.
“They came out with a lot of consistency,” U.S. Captain AJ Nally said. “We played a tough match last night so it was a quick turnaround for us, and unfortunately they got on us early and we couldn’t really come back.”
U.S. opposite Zach La Cavera led the U.S. with seven points on six kills and one block. Outside hitter TJ DeFalco, who started the first set but then came out for Nally, added six points on five kills and one block. Outside hitter Brian Cook, who started the first two sets before coming out for Cody Caldwell, scored five points on four kills and one block.
Argentina outside hitter Ezequiel Palacios led all scorers with 11 points on 11 kills.
“Argentina’s defense is so good,” U.S. Head Coach Charlie Sullivan said. “We tried to hit the ball, to go for the points, but they controlled it. We tried to get better (in the second set), but their defense is really good.”
Outside hitters: Brian Cook and TJ DeFalco
Middle blockers: Taylor Averill and Kris Johnson
Opposite: Zach La Cavera
Setter: Matt West
Libero: Michael Brinkley
Kills: La Cavera 6, DeFalco 5, Johnson 4, Cook 4, Caldwell 3, Averill 2, Nally 2, West 1
Blocks: Averill 1, Cook 1, DeFalco 1, La Cavera 1, West 1
Digs: Brinkley 11, La Cavera 7, West 5, Nally 5, Cook 2, Caldwell 1, DeFalco 1
U.S. Pan American Games
Men’s Volleyball Team Roster
3 - Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., University of Hawaii)
5 - Michael Brinkley (L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., University of California – Irvine)
6 - Cody Caldwell (OH, 6-7, Newport Beach, Calif., Loyola University – Chicago)
7 - Brian Cook (OH, 6-6, Santa Cruz, Calif., Stanford University)
12 - Kris Johnson (MB, 6-11, Long Beach, Calif., California Baptist University)
14 - TJ DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State University)
16 - Zach La Cavera (OPP, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., University of California – Irvine)
17 - Mitch Stahl (MB, 6-8, Chambersburg, Pa., University of California – Los Angeles)
19 - AJ Nally (OH, 6-5, Rochester, N.Y., Springfield College)
21 - Ben Patch (OPP, 6-8, Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University)
22 - Jonah Seif (S, 6-6, Thousand Oaks, Calif., University of California – Santa Barbara)
25 - Matt West (S, 6-6, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine University)
Pan Am Games Schedule (All Times Local)
Pool A: Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba
Pool B: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States
Pool Play for Team USA
July 17: Puerto Rico def USA, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20, 28-26
July 19: USA def Mexico, 20-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-17
July 21: Canada def USA vs. Canada, 19-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 15-12
July 22: Argentina def USA, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15
July 24: Fifth-place - USA v Cuba