U.S. Men Finish 6th at Pan Am Games

By B.J. Evans | July 24, 2015, 6 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 24, 2015) – The U.S. men’s team competing at the Pan American Games finished in sixth place after losing to Cuba on Friday, 28-30, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 at the Exposition Centre in Toronto.

The U.S. team finishes the tournament with a 1-4 record. Cuba finishes 3-2.

Many players from the U.S. Pan American Games Team will likely be back to compete at the Pan American Cup on Aug. 12-17 in Reno, Nev. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Outside hitter TJ DeFalco will play with the Boys' Youth National Team at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Argentina on Aug. 14-23. 

On Friday, the United States led in kills (54-48) and aces (5-4). But Cuba led in blocks (18-9) and scored 33 points on U.S. errors while committing 20.

Opposite Zach La Cavera led the U.S. with 22 points on 19 kills, two block and one ace. Outside hitter Brian Cook added 17 points on 16 kills and one block. Setter Matt West scored eight points on four kills, two blocks and a team-high two aces.

U.S. middle blocker Kris Johnson had a team-high three blocks.

Friday’s starters
Outside hitters: Brian Cook and AJ Nally
Middle blockers: Kris Johnson and Conrad Kaminski
Opposite: Zach La Cavera
Setter: Matt West
Libero: Michael Brinkley

Friday’s statistics
Kills: La Cavera 19, Cook 16, Nally 6, West 4, Johnson 3, Patch 2, Kaminski 1
Blocks: Johnson 3, La Cavera 2, West 2, Cook 1, Patch 1
Aces: West 2, Nally 1, Kaminski 1, La Cavera 1
Digs: Brinkley 14, West 12, La Cavera 6, Nally 6, Cook 4, DeFalco 2

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)

Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan
Assistant Coach: Erik Sullivan
Technical Coordinator: Sam Zapatka
Team Manager: Thomas Pestolesi
Athletic Trainer/Therapist: Monica Cordova

Pan Am Games Schedule (All Times Local)
Pool A: Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba
Pool B: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States

Team USA Results
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, 19-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 15-12
July 22: Quarterfinal - Argentina def USA, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15
July 24: Fifth-place - Cuba def USA, 28-30, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22