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

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Aug. 03, 2019, 7:33 p.m. (ET)

Pan American Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team finished sixth on Saturday as the team fell to Puerto Rico 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8 in Lima, Peru.

Every player on the U.S. roster started at least one set.

“Our coach wanted to start with a different lineup, give some others a chance to get in and play,” outside hitter Sam Holt said. “That was his main focus today.”

Puerto Rico led in kills (60-58) and aces (8-7). U.S. led in blocks (9-6). The U.S. had 33 scoring errors while Puerto Rico had 27.

Starting outside hitter Sam Holt led the U.S. with 11 points on eight kills, two blocks and one ace. Starting outside hitter Colton Cowell added 10 points on nine kills and one block.

The U.S. started Joe Worsley at setter, James Shaw at opposite, Cowell and Holt at outside hitter, Tommy Carmody and Price Jarman at middle blocker and Kupono Fey at libero.

While trailing toward the end of the third set, the U.S. brought in Josh Tuaniga to set, Brenden Sander and David Wieczorek at outside hitter and Kyle Ensing at opposite.

Middle blocker Brendan Schmidt entered the match in the fourth set and started the fifth.

Puerto Rico Captain Maurice Torres, who played on USA Volleyball Youth and Junior National Teams and at Pepperdine before joining Puerto Rico’s national team, led all scorers with 23 points.

U.S. STARTERS VS PUERTO RICO
Outside hitters: Colton Cowell and Sam Holt
Middle blockers: Tommy Carmody and Price Jarman
Opposite: James Shaw
Setter: Joe Worsley
Libero: Kupono Fey
Substitutes: David Wieczorek (OH), Brenden Sander (OH), Kyle Ensing (Opp), Brendan Schmidt (MB)

U.S. STATISTICS VS PUERTO RICO
Kills: Shaw 9, Cowell 9, Sander 9, Holt 8, Ensing 6, Carmody 5, Jarman 5, Wieczorek 4, Schmidt 2, Worsley 1
Blocks: Jarman 3, Holt 2, Carmody 1, Cowell 1, Worsley 1, Schmidt 1
Aces: Wieczorek 2, Worsley 2, Carmody 1, Holt 1, Tuaniga 1

2019 U.S. Men's Pan American Games Team

1 Tommy Carmody (MB 6-10, Orland Park, Ill., Pepperdine)
2 Price Jarman (MB, 6-9, Las Vegas, Nev., BYU)
4 Kyle Ensing (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 James Shaw (Opp, 6-8, Woodside, Calif., Stanford)
7 Joe Worsley (S, 6-1, Moraga, Calif., Univ. of Hawaii)
9 Colton Cowell (OH, 6-2, Makawao, Hawaii, Univ. of Hawaii)
12 Sam Holt (OH, 6-7, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cal State Northridge)
13C Josh Tuaniga (S, 6-3, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
14 David Wieczorek (Opp, 6-8, Chicago Ill., Pepperdine)
15 Brenden Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
16 Brendan Schmidt (MB, 6-8, O’Fallon, Mo., McKendree)
22 Kupono Fey (L, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Hawaii)

Head Coach: Milan Zarkovic
Assistant Coach: Mark Hulse
Team Manager: Jon Parry
Athletic Trainer: Brett Bierdmann

U.S. Men’s Schedule/Results for Pan Am Games
(All times PT)
Pool Play
July 31
Chile def USA, 25-17, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22
Brazil def Mexico, 25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22
Aug. 1
USA def Mexico, 26-24, 25-22, 25-23
Brazil def Chile, 25-18, 22-25, 25-16, 25-17
Aug. 2
Chile def Mexico, 3-1
Brazil def USA, 3-2
Aug. 3
Classification matches and semifinals
Aug. 4
Finals