U.S. Men to Pursue Gold in Peru

By B.J. Hoetner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | July 29, 2019, 3:06 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Men's Pan American Games Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 29, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team will take on Brazil, Chile and Mexico in pool play to open competition in Lima, Peru.

The Pan American Games officially opened on July 27. The men’s volleyball competition begins July 31.

The U.S. Men share their pool with Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The other pool includes Argentina, Cuba, Peru and Puerto Rico.

The U.S. team is comprised primarily of players who were part of the team that finished fifth at the Pan American Cup in June. Opposite Kyle Ensing, outside hitter Brenden Sander and middle blocker Tommy Carmody are new players to the team.

The other outside hitters on the team are David Wieczorek, Sam Holt and Colton Cowell.

The other middle blockers are Price Jarman and Brendan Schmidt.

The other opposite is James Shaw.

The setters are Josh Tuaniga and Joe Worsley. The libero is Kupono Fey.

Milan Zarkovic, who coached the Pan Am Cup team, will coach at the Pan Am Games. He is the men's volleyball assistant coach at Hawaii.

His assistant is Loyola men's Head Coach Mark Hulse. The team's manager is Jon Parry and the athletic trainer is Brett Biedermann.

The U.S. Men last medaled at the Pan American Games in 2007, when they took silver. U.S. Men’s teams have won four gold medals and three silver since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1955.

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
4:30 p.m. USA v Chile
6:30 p.m. Brazil v Mexico
Aug. 1
4:30 USA v Mexico
6:30 Brazil v Chile
Aug. 2
4:30 Mexico v Chile
6:30 USA v Brazil
Aug. 3
Classification matches and semifinals
Aug. 4
Finals8