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U.S. Men's A2 Team Beats Bahamas at Pan Am Cup

June 13, 2011, 6:04 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s A2 Volleyball Team got off to a good start at the 2011 Pan American Cup with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-12 victory over the Bahamas on Monday at the at the Robert Guertin Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

The U.S. Men’s A2 Team (1-0) will play Panama at 3 p.m. PT on Tuesday. Bahamas (0-1) will play Argentina.

Matches can be viewed online at www.sportscanada.tv/index.php/2011-pan-american-mens-volleyball-cup.

The U.S. Men’s A2 Team dominated Bahamas, out-killing the island nation 34-25, out-blocking it 8-3 and scoring on four aces while Bahamas had none. Bahamas was also hurt by 29 team errors while the U.S. committed 10.

According to the unofficial DataVolley statistics, the U.S. Men's A2 Team's hitting efficiency was 0.608 and its kill percentage was 64.7. The Bahamas' hitting efficiency was 0.123 and its kill percentage was 38.5.

"We are very pleased with how we came out," U.S. Team Captain Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) said. "All the guys were chomping at the bit to get into action."

Every player on the U.S. roster competed in the match.

Outside hitter Jayson Jabonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) paced the U.S. Men’s A2 Team with 10 points on seven kills and a match-high three aces. Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.), who came off the bench to play opposite added seven points on five kills, one block and one ace.

"It was good to play a real match today," U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)said. "The players have been ready to play since last Wednesday after a good three weeks of training."

Princtanique Wilson led Bahamas with seven points on seven kills.

Starting opposite Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) scored six points on four kills and two blocks. Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) totaled six points on six kills. Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) contributed five points on three kills and two blocks.

Middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) totaled four points on three kills and one block. Tarr at outside hitter, added four points on four kills.

Substitute middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif.) scored two points on a kill and a block. Starting setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) scored a point on a block and backup setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored a point on a kill.

According to the unofficial DataVolley statistics, the U.S. Men's A2 Team finished with 30 receptions and four errors. 87 percent of the receptions were positive and 53 percent were excellent. Libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) led the way with 12 receptions (three errors), 75 percent positive and 53 percent excellent. Jablonsky added 10 receptions (no errors), 100 percent positive and 70 percent excellent.

Mayforth started Jablonsky and Tarr at outside hitter, Smith and Hein at middle blocker, Price at opposite, Winder at setter and Watten at libero.

Troy started the third set for Price and Menzel started for Tarr. Shoji started for Winder. Meehan and Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) played as substitutes.

2011 Pan American Cup
June 13-18 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
U.S. Men’s A2 Team

No. Name (Position, Height, Weight, Hometown, College)
1 Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, 210, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, 225, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
6 Murphy Troy (OH, 6-8, 240, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
7 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, 216, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
8 Andy Hein (MB, 6-11, 232, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
9 Ryan Meehan (MB, 6-8, 209, Dana Point, Calif., Long Beach State)
11 Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, 194, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
12 David Smith (MB, 6-7, 190, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
16 C Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, 200, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
17 Will Price (Opp, 6-5, 207, Laytonsville, Md., Penn State)
18 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, 205, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
19 Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, 162, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Team Leader: Jon Roberts
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron
Therapist/Trainer: Shawn Patchell
Technical Coordinator: Jacob Schick
Medical Support: Chad Eichten

Schedule (all times PT)

Group A
June 13: Brazil def. Mexico 25-22, 25-20, 25-15
June 14: Mexico def. Venezuela 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13
June 15: Brazil vs. Venezuela, noon

Group B
June 13: Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-17, 25-17
June 14: Puerto Rico def. Dominican Republic 25-27, 25-23, 28-26, 25-17
June 15: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m.

Group C
June 13: USA def. Bahamas 25-14, 25-12, 25-12
June 13: Argentina def. Panama 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
June 14: Argentina def. Bahamas 25-20, 25-16, 25-9 
June 14: USA def. Panama 25-14, 25-14, 25-11
June 15: Panama vs. Bahamas, 10 a.m.
June 15: USA vs. Argentina, 3 p.m.

June 16 at 10 a.m.: Classification 5-10
June 16 at noon: Classification 5-10
June 16 at 3 p.m. Quarterfinals
June 16 at 5 p.m. Quarterfinals

June 17 at 8 a.m.: 9th/10th Place
June 17 at 10 a.m.: Classification 5/8
June 17 at noon: Classification 5/8
June 17 at 3 p.m.: Semifinals
June 17 at 5 p.m.: Semifinals

June 18 at 10 a.m.: 7th/8th Place
June 18 at noon: 5th/6th Place
June 18 at 3 p.m.: Bronze Medal
June 18 at 5 p.m.: Gold Medal