USAV Releases Men's Pan Am Games Roster

By B.J. Evans | June 29, 2015, 6:04 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 29, 2015) – USA Volleyball has announced the 12 players who will compete on the U.S. Pan American Men’s Volleyball Team at the Pan American Games on July 17-26 in Toronto, Canada.

U.S. Men’s Head Coach John Speraw and his staff have selected four outside hitters, three middle blockers, two setters, two opposites, one setter and one libero to compete in the Pan American Games.

“We are really excited about the group of players that were selected to represent USA Volleyball at the Pan Am Games,” said Charlie Sullivan, who will serve as head coach for the U.S. team. “The team is working hard to compete at its best level and take on other national teams from the region. We are very excited to get to Toronto.”

U.S. Men’s Team Page | 2015 Pan American Games | U.S. Women’s PAG Team

Outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) will serve as team captain. The other outside hitters on the roster are Cody Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.), Brian Cook (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and TJ DeFalco (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

The middle blockers are Taylor Averill (San Jose, Calif.), Kris Johnson and Mitch Stahl (Chambersburg, Pa.). The opposites are Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) and Zach La Cavera (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

The setters on the roster are Jonah Seif (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Matt West (Seattle, Wash.). Michael Brinkley (Huntington Beach, Calif.) is the libero.

The U.S. Pan American Men’s Volleyball Team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

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 (L, 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

Pool Play for Team USA
July 17: USA vs. Puerto Rico, 3:30 p.m.
July 19: USA vs. Mexico, 9 p.m.
July 21: USA vs. Canada, 7 p.m.

July 22: Quarterfinals
July 24: Semifinals
July 26: Medal Rounds