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U.S. Men Outlast Venezuela in 4th Five-Set Match

Oct. 28, 2011, 4:38 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 27, 2011) – Having to play the first match of the day after losing a five-setter the evening before, the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team won its second Pan American Games contest on Friday, defeating Venezuela, 21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

It was the U.S. Men’s (2-3) fourth five-set match of the tournament and the victory means they will play for fifth place on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT against Canada. The U.S. Men last played Canada in pool play on Oct. 25 and lost a marathon match, 21-25, 25-23, 37-39, 35-33, 15-12.

Venezuela, which had the day off on Thursday, will play for seventh place on Saturday against Puerto Rico.

U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) led all scorers with 25 points on a match-high 20 kills (58.8 kill percent, 0.588 hitting efficiency), two blocks and three aces. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) finished with nine points on seven attacks, one block and one ace. Ciarelli also scored the United States’ pivotal points in the fifth set.

In the fifth set, with the teams tied at 11-11, Ciarelli scored on a kill and Venezuela called timeout. Ciarelli struck back with an ace for a 13-11 U.S. lead. Venezuela scored on a U.S. violation, but its next serve went out of bounds to give the U.S. match point. The United States’ next serve went out as well and U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) called timeout. Venezuela’s attack attempt went in the net and the U.S. claimed the victory.

“Our team has played a lot of volleyball; a total of 24 sets in five days,” Patak said “It is great to celebrate with a victory.

“On the first set we didn’t know if we were fully awake, because it was too early. But we were definitely awake on the fifth.”

The U.S. Men won despite being out-attacked by Venezuela, 55-46. The U.S. Men out-blocked the South Americans 8-6 and had seven aces while Venezuela had two. The U.S. also took advantage of 46 Venezuela team errors while committing 35.

The U.S. had a kill percent of 44.7 and a hitting efficiency of 0.301. Venezuela’s kill percent was 44.0 and its attack percent was 0.224.

Venezuela was led by Jhoser Contreras and Luis Arias, each with 18 points on 18 attacks.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) scored via seven attacks. Setter Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) added seven points on three attacks, one block and three aces. He was credited with 21 assists.

Outside hitter Jordan DuFault (Lakewood, Calif.) finished with five points on five attacks. Outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) totaled three points on one attack and two blocks. Middle blocker Scott Slaughter (Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied three points via two attacks and one block. Middle blocker Cody Loe (Chatsworth, Calif.) scored two points on one kill and one block.

Libero Kirk Francis (Torrance, Calif.) was credited with seven receptions and a team-high seven digs. Ciarelli led the team in receptions with 11 followed by DuFault with 10.

Speraw started Ciarelli and Vance at outside hitter, Loe and Vogel at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Caldwell at setter and Francis at libero.

DuFault and Matt Stork (Topanga, Calif.) started the second and third sets at outside hitter before Ciarelli and Vance returned for the fourth and fifth sets. Slaughter started the fourth and fifth set at middle blocker for Loe. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii) and middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles, Calif.) played as substitutes.

 The teams opened the first set tied at 4-4 when Venezuela scored four straight points including a kill and block, a U.S. hitting error and a call against the U.S. for being out of rotation. Venezuela kept up the pressure at the net and extended its lead to seven at the second technical timeout (TTO), 16-9. With Venezuela still leading by seven at 19-12, the U.S. got the serve back on a Patak kill that launched a 7-0 run, including an ace and blocks by Vance and Patak to tie the score at 19-19. The run ended on a net serve and the next U.S. attack went out of bounds to put Venezuela back up by two. A U.S. error and Venezuela block put the South Americans ahead 23-19. A Patak kill made it 23-20, but Venezuela reached set point with a kill. Patak scored one more time before Venezuela ended it with a kill. Patak led all scorers with eight points in the set. Venezuela scored 12 points on U.S. errors while committing 10.

Speraw subbed DuFault and Stork in for Ciarelli and Vance and the second set opened with the U.S. leading 5-4 when Venezuela used a setter dump and two straight aces to lead 7-5. Patak came back with a kill; but a U.S. error made it 8-6 at the first TTO. Coming out of the break, Vogel scored on the quick attack and the U.S. scored two more points on Venezuela mistakes to lead 9-8. Venezuela tied it, but the U.S. used a 7-0 run, including kills from DuFault, Patak and Caldwell to lead 16-9. Venezuela continued to make mistakes and could not mount a comeback as the U.S. Men went on to win.

Venezuela jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set before Speraw called timeout and Vogel came back with a kill. With Venezuela leading 7-2, Venezuela served into the net and Caldwell served for three more points, including a kill from Loe, to pull to within one before Venezuela used a kill to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. Venezuela led by three at 11-8 when two Patak kills pulled the U.S. to within one point. But Venezuela scored to stay ahead and went on to lead 16-13 at the second TTO. The U.S. stayed in the match, but Venezuela’s hitters prove to be too much as the South American side took the third set.

Vance and Ciarelli returned to the match in the fourth set. Venezuela took a 4-3 lead in the fourth set when Vance scored with a kill and Ciarelli scored from the back row. Venezuela had two straight errors to give the U.S. a 7-4 lead. The U.S. maintained an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. Venezuela tied the score at 14-14 and went on to lead 16-15 at the second TTO. Coming out of the break, the U.S. scored on two straight kills from Slaughter and Ciarelli and Venezuela called timeout. However the U.S. Men scored four more points, including two blocks, to lead 20-16. Venezuela could not mount a comeback and the U.S. went on to win the set.

Argentina took a 2-0 lead in the fifth set on a block and kill. The U.S. came back with a block from Caldwell that Venezuela disputed and was called for a yellow card to tie the score at 2-2. With Venezuela leading 4-3, Ciarelli scored down the pipe and Caldwell had two straight float-serve aces to give the U.S. Slaughter’s block put the U.S. ahead 7-4. Venezuela used a 4-0 run to take an 8-7 lead at the side change, but the team’s next serve went out of bounds. The teams traded points until the score was tied 11-11 and Ciarelli scored with a kill followed by an ace.

U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team

No Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
5 Eric Vance (OH, 6-4, Camarillo, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
6 Nick Vogel (MB, 6-9, El Cajon, Calif., UCLA)
8 Kyle Caldwell (S, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
9 Scott Slaughter (MB, 6-7, Newport Beach, Calif., UCSB)
10 Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Calif., Hawaii)
11 Matt Stork (OH, 6-5, Topanga, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
12 Kirk Francis (L, 5-11, Torrance, Calif., Long Beach State)
14 Cody Loe (MB, 6-8, Chatsworth, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
15 Jordan DuFault (OH, 6-4, Lakewood, Calif., UC Irvine)
16 Tri Bourne (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USC, Aloha)

Head Coach: John Speraw (UC Irvine)
Team Manager: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Assistant Coach: Jeff Nygaard (USC)
Therapist/Trainer: Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College)
Athletic Trainer: Aimee Miyazawa

Schedule and Results (All Times PT)

Group A Standings
1 Cuba (3-0) 13 points
2 Argentina (2-1) 8 points
3 Mexico (1-2) 6 points
4 Venezuela (0-3) 3 points

Group A Results
Oct. 24: Cuba def. Argentina 25-22, 18-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-13
Oct. 24: Mexico def. Venezuela 25-23, 25-20, 26-28, 25-21
Oct. 25: Cuba def. Venezuela 25-20, 25-21, 25-17
Oct. 25: Argentina def. Mexico 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10
Oct. 26: Argentina def. Venezuela 25-23, 21-25, 29-27, 23-25, 18-16
Oct. 26: Cuba def. Mexico 25-18, 25-21, 25-23

Group B Standings
1 Brazil (3-0) 14 points
2 Puerto Rico (1-2) 7 points
3 USA (1-2) 6 points
4 Canada (1-2) 3 points

Group B Results
Oct. 24: USA def. Puerto Rico 22-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13
Oct. 24: Brazil def. Canada 25-17, 25-13, 25-13
Oct. 25: Brazil def. Puerto Rico 25-22 25-14 25-18
Oct. 25: Canada def. USA 21-25, 25-23, 37-39, 35-33, 15-12
Oct. 26: Puerto Rico def. Canada 25-22, 25-17, 25-23
Oct. 26: Brazil def. USA 18-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18

Oct. 27: Argentina def. USA 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-11
Oct. 27: Mexico def. Puerto Rico 24-26, 16-25, 28-26, 25-21, 15-9

Classification 5-8
Oct. 28: USA def. Venezuela, 21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13
Oct. 28: Canada def. Puerto Rico, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20

Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.: Brazil vs. Argentina
Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.: Cuba vs. Mexico

Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.: Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico
Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.: USA vs. Canada
Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.: Bronze medal match
Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.: Gold medal match

Past U.S. Pan American Games Men’s Volleyball Finishes
1955: Gold
1959: Gold
1963: Silver (Brazil gold)
1967: Gold
1971: Silver (Cuba gold)
1975: Fourth (Cuba gold)
1979: Fourth (Cuba gold)
1983: Fourth (Brazil gold)
1987: Gold
1991: Fifth (Cuba gold)
1995: Silver (Argentina gold)
1999: Seventh (Cuba gold)
2003: Fourth (Venezuela gold)
2007: Silver (Brazil gold)