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U.S. Men Drop Five-Set WUGs Match to Japan

Aug. 19, 2011, 6:47 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team dropped a battle to Japan, 25-20, 23-25, 28-30, 25-21, 15-11 on Friday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

The U.S. Team (3-3) is playing in the bracket for ninth-16th. The best finish it can now achieve is 13th. It will play Sweden in the semifinals for 13th place at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Shenzhen (10 p.m. Friday, PT).

The U.S. Men’s Team led in all scoring categories in Friday’s match, but gave up 48 points in team errors while Japan only gave up 27.

The United States led in attacks (62-55). The U.S. hitting efficiency was 0.292 and its kill percent was 45.3. Japan’s hitting efficiency was 0.295 and its kill percent was 45.1. The U.S. also led in blocks (14-10) and in service aces (4-3).

"It feels like Groundhog Day," U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) said. "Once again, we out-blocked and out-spiked our opponent, put four players in double points, but still lost the match.

"It is only our 48 errors that made the difference. We have lost three close matches to teams that  have been training for more than two months as well as played at least one or more tournaments before this event. We feel if we could just have trained another two to three weeks of good practice we would be able to reduce our errors and win all of these matches."

U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo./USC) led all scorers with 23 points on a  match-high 21 kills and two aces. Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif./UCSB) added 16 points on 14 attacks and two blocks.

Middle blocker Tom Amberg (Westwood, Calif./UCLA) contributed 14 points on 11 kills (0.588 hitting efficiency) and three blocks. Outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) totaled 13 points on 12 attacks and one block.

Shoh Ozawa led Japan with 21 points on 19 kills and two aces.

Among other U.S. scorers, setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) finished with five points on one attack, three blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif./Long Beach State) totaled five points on a team-high five blocks. Middle blocker Weston Dunlap (Newport Beach, Calif./UCLA) had three points on three kills. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC) scored one point with an ace.

Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) was credited with eight digs and 11 receptions. Lawson was credited with eight digs and 29 receptions. Menzel also had 18 receptions.

U.S. Men’s Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) started Lawson and Menzel at outside hitter, Amberg and Dunlap at middle blocker, Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC) at setter, Troy at opposite and Erik Shoji at libero.

Kawika Shoji substituted for McKibbin in the first set and started the rest of the match at setter. Meehan substituted for Dunlap in the first set and started the second, third and four sets before Dunlap came back to start the fifth. Bourne, opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif./UC Irvine) and outside hitter Cory Yoder (San Clemente, Calif./UC Irvine) all played as substitutes.

2011 World University Games
Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China

U.S. Men’s Roster
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
2 - Thomas Amberg (MB, 6-7, Westwood, Calif., UCLA)
3 - Tri Bourne (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
4 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
5 - Weston Dunlap (MB, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Brad Lawson (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
7 - Riley McKibbin (S, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
8 - Ryan Meehan (MB, 6-8, Dana Point, Calif., Long Beach State)
9 - Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
10 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
11 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
12 - Cory Yoder (OH, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Assistant Coach /Team Leader: Pete Hanson (Ohio State)
Assistant Coach: JT Wenger (UCLA)
Trainer: Larnie Boquiren

Jim Baughman (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)
Kyle Caldwell (Opp, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
Taylor Hughes (OH, 6-7, Fallbrook, Calif., Pacific)
Matt Pollock (MB, 6-9, Orland Park, Ill., Pepperdine)
Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Calif., Hawaii)
Rob Stowell (Opp, 6-7, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., BYU)

Group D Results
Aug 12: U.S. def. Mexico, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15
Aug 13: USA def. Turkey, 25-18, 25-9, 25-20
Aug 15: Czech Republic def. USA, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13
Aug 16: USA def. United Arab Emirates, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20
Aug 17: Thailand def. USA, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23

Group D Rankings
Country / Points / Match record / Set record
CZE / 10 / 5-0 / 15-5
THA/ 9 / 4-1 / 13-4
USA / 8 / 3-2 / 12-6
MEX / 7 / 2-3 / 6-9
TUR / 6 / 1-4 / 5-13
UAE / 5 / 0-5 / 1-15

Quarterfinals for ninth-16th
Aug. 19: Japan def. USA, 25-20, 23-25, 28-30, 25-21, 15-11