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U.S. Men Beat Panama to Tie for First Place

Oct. 13, 2009, 9:12 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team swept Panama, 25-13, 25-15, 25-8, on Tuesday on Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to move into a tie with Canada atop Pool B of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship.

Team USA will play Canada for the pool lead on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PDT. Panama (0-2) will play Mexico (0-2).

Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) led four U.S. players in double figures with 12 points on nine kills, two blocks and one ace. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored 11 points on five kills and a match-high six aces. Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), playing in his first 2009 match for the U.S. Men, contributed 11 points on eight kills, one block and two aces. Andy Hein (Carols Stream, Ill.) compiled 10 points on seven kills and three blocks.

Domingo Avila led Panama with 10 points on a match-high 10 kills.

Team USA dominated its rival, leading 13-1 in blocks and 9-0 in aces.

“Today definitely we served better and blocked better,” U.S. team captain Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) said. “We handled the ball better and our overall game improved.”

“It’s an honor for us to play a team like United States, the Olympic champions,” Panama team captain Ricardo Brown said. “People don’t believe us when we say that we played against a team they have seen only on TV. It was a learning experience.”

Among other U.S. scorers, Hoff scored six points on three kills and three blocks. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored five points on two kills and three blocks. Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) scored one point on one block.

The United States completed 34 of 57 kill attempts (60 percent) with six errors. Hein completed seven of 10 kill attempts (70 percent) with one error. Salmon completed nine of 17 kill attempts (53 percent) with two errors. Priddy completed eight of 16 attempts (50 percent) with two errors.

Panama completed 21 of 70 kill attempts (30 percent) with 18 errors.

The U.S. Men were credited with 21 excellent receptions on 30 attempts with no errors (70 percent). Priddy was six for eight (75 percent), Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) was seven for 10 (70 percent) and Salmon was eight for 12 (67 percent). Reft was credited with seven digs on 14 attempts with five faults.

Hansen was credited with 15 running sets on 47 attempts.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Priddy and Salmon at outside hitter, Hoff and Hein at middle blocker, Hansen at setter, Patak at opposite and Reft at libero. Winder and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) played as substitutes.

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NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship
Oct. 12-17 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

U.S. Men’s Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)

2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Palmdale, Calif., BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 Tom Hoff (MB, 6-8, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
16 Andy Hein (MB, 611, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
17 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe
Team Manager: Bill Neville
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato
Therapist/Trainer: Charlie Sullivan
Team Doctor: Andrew Gregory
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Medical Support: Aaron Brock

Pool Play Schedule (All times PDT)
Group A
Oct. 12
Cuba def. Dominican Republic, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14
Puerto Rico def. Barbados, 25-9, 25-16, 25-18
Oct. 13
Cuba def. Barbados, 25-10, 25-11, 25-16
Puerto Rico def. Dominican Republic, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19
Oct. 14
1 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. Barbados
5 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. Cuba

Group B
Oct. 12
USA def. Mexico, 25-15, 28-26, 25-16
Canada def. Panama, 25-13, 25-23, 25-19
Oct. 13
Canada def. Mexico, 21-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-12
USA def. Panama, 25-13, 25-15, 25-8
Oct. 14
1 p.m. Mexico vs. Panama
3 p.m. USA vs. Canada