U.S. Men's Comeback Falls Short at Pan Am Games

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | July 31, 2019, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

Pan American Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 31, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team opened competition with a loss to Chile, 25-17, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22 on Wednesday in Lima, Peru.

The U.S. Men (0-1) will look to rebound on Thursday against Mexico (0-1) at 4:30 p.m. PT. Matches are being shown on ESPN3.

After Chile won the first two sets, the U.S. Men rebounded third behind setter Joe Worsley, subbing for Josh Tuaniga.

In the fourth set, the U.S. led 22-20 but saw Chile score the next five points.

“I think it was too late for us to start playing our game. It took us a while,” Tuaniga said. “Chile has a really good team, with good offense and they were serving tough.”

The U.S. led in kills (50-44) but had a .223 hitting efficiency behind Tuaniga and Worsley. Chile’s efficiency was .244. Chile led in blocks (10-7) and both teams had four aces each.

Chile committed fewer unforced errors (34-20).

Outside hitter Colton Cowell (in photo above) topped United States with 17 points. Opposite Kyle Ensing added 13 points, all on kills and middle blocker Price Jaman scored 11 points, including four blocks.

OFFICIAL STATISTICS

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