COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 16, 2015) – The U.S. men’s indoor team will begin competition at the Pan American Games on Thursday (July 15) in Toronto.
But wait, you say. Aren’t the U.S. Men competing at the FIVB World League Final Round in Rio de Janeiro?
Yes, the top U.S. Men’s Team is in Rio. And the players competing in Toronto are looking to be a part of the World League team someday.
“These are younger guys that have a future but haven’t had a chance to get into that World League roster or the first roster,” said Charlie Sullivan, U.S. men’s head coach for the Pan American Games, who is also the men’s head coach at Springfield College.
The U.S. last medaled at the Pan American Games in 2007, when it took silver after falling to host Brazil in the final. Overall, the United States has won four gold medals and four silver since the Pan Am Games began in 1955.
The United States will open pool play against Puerto Rico, and then face Mexico (July 19) and host Canada (July 21). The match against Puerto Rico will be shown LIVE on ESPN3.
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)
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