U.S. Men Earn Quarterfinal Berth at Pan Am Cup

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | June 18, 2019, 11 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Men's Pan American Cup Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s Pan American Cup Team swept the Dominican Republic, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 on Tuesday in Colima, Mexico.

The victory earned the U.S. the second-place slot in its pool and a trip to the quarterfinals to play Argentina at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday. Pan American Cup matches are being shown on FloVolleyball.tv, a subscription service.

On day after a loss to Chile, the U.S. Men led the Dominican Republic in kills (39-35), blocks (9-3) and aces (13-5).

The U.S. scored 14 points on Dominican errors and committed 16.

Setters Josh Tuaniga, Joe Worsley and Jonah Seif combined to help the U.S. Men to a .333 hitting efficiency. Dominican Republic’s was .304.

“It was a great balance back after yesterday’s tough loss to Chile,” said U.S. opposite Kyle Russell who led all scorers with 16 points on a match-high 13 kills and three aces.  “We regrouped really nicely to play USA volleyball.

“Dominican Republic is a physical team. You can’t take them lightly, just as every team in this tournament. We served and passed real well today.”

Outside hitter Colton Cowell joined in with 11 points on seven kills and three aces. Outside hitter Sam Holt added 10 points, including a match-high three blocks.

Middle blocker George Huhmann had his best match, scoring nine points on six kills, two blocks and an ace.

STARTERS FOR U.S. MEN VS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Outside hitters: Colton Cowell and Sam Holt
Middle blockers: Brenda Schmidt and George Huhmann
Opposite: Kyle Russell
Setter: Josh Tuaniga
Libero: Kyle Dagostino
Substitutes: Shaw (Opp), Worsley (S), Wieczorek (OH), Kessel (OH)

STATISTICS FOR U.S. MEN VS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Kill: Russell 13, Cowell 7, Huhmann 6, Holt 5, Jarman 3, Shaw 2, Schmidt 2, Tuaniga 1
Blocks: Holt 3, Jarman 2, Huhmann 2, Worsley 1, Cowell 1
Aces: Russell 3, Cowell 3, Holt 2, Tuaniga 2, Seif 1, Worsley 1, Huhmann 1
Digs: Dagostino 15, Tuaniga 10, Russell 6, Cowell 4, Worsley 3, Tuaniga 2, Huhmann 2, Seif 1, Shaw 1

Pan American Cup
June 16-21 in Colima, Mexico

VIEW PLAYER BIOS

2 Price Jarman (MB, 6-9, Las Vegas, Nev., BYU)
3 Jonah Seif (S, 6-6, Thousand Oaks, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
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)
10 Kyle Russell (Opp, 6-9, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine)
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)
16 Brendan Schmidt (MB, 6-8, O’Fallon, Mo., McKendree)
17 George Huhmann (MB, 6-11, St. Louis, Mo., Princeton)
19 Kyle Dagostino (L 5-9, Tampa, Fla., Stanford)
22 Kupono Fey (L, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Hawaii)
23 Cody Kessel (OH, 6-5, Colorado Springs, Colo., Princeton)

Head Coach: Milan Zarkovic
Assistant Coach: David Hunt
Assistant Coach Shiari Morteza
Team Manager: Andrew Strick
Physiotherapist: Johnathan Leih

U.S. Schedule for Pan Am Cup (all times CT)
Pool Play
June 16
USA def Guatemala, 25-10, 25-17, 25-17
Chile def Dominican Republic, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21

June 17
Dominican Republic def Guatemala, 36-38, 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13
Chile def USA, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19

June 18
Chile def Guatemala, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11
USA def Dominican Republic, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20

June 19
11a Classification 11-12: Guatemala vs Suriname
1p Classification 7-10: Canada vs Trinidad & Tobago
4p Classification 7-10: Dominican Republic vs Peru
6p Quarterfinal: USA vs Argentina
8p Quarterfinal: Chile vs Puerto Rico

June 20
1p 9th-place final
4p 7th-place final
6p Semifinal
8p Semifinal

June 21
4p 5th-place final
6p 3rd-place final
8p Final