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U.S. Men Dominate Mexico at Pan Am Cup

By B. J. Hoeptner Evans | July 10, 2012, 6:43 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 10, 2012) – A young group of players from the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team dominated Mexico, 25-8, 25-16, 25-18 on Tuesday at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The U.S. Men improved their record to 2-0 in pool play, which it will conclude on Wednesday against Brazil at 2 p.m. PT.

The U.S. Men beat Mexico 42-23 in kills, 11-7 in blocks, 7-2 in aces and 24-7 in digs.

“Our Pan Am Cup team is doing an excellent job serving the ball," U.S. Men's Pan American Team Head Coach Shawn Patchell said via e-mail. "We lead the tournament in aces and we are getting teams out of system so we are blocking some balls. We had a longer training block for this tournament so the boys are rested and playing with a lot of poise. We hope to keep improving throughout the tournament.

"The tourny is now a toss up between USA, Brazil, Arg, and the Dominican. All are undefeated until tomorrow. We face a similar team to ourselves in Brazil tomorrow. They are a young team that is filled with 2016 Olympic hopefuls."

U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) led all scorers with 14 points on a match-high 12 kills and two blocks. Outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added nine points on six attacks, two blocks and one ace.

Outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.), who played only the third set, totaled eight points on eight attacks. Middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) tallied eight points on five kills and a match-high three blocks.

Middle blocker Daniel McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) finished with seven points on two spikes, two blocks and a match-high three aces. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored six points on four attacks and two aces.

Outside hitter Jordan Dufault (Lakewood, Calif.), played as a substitute in the second set and started the third, finishing with four points on three attacks and one block. Setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) finished with two points on one kill and one ace.

Shoji, who is the team captain, was credited with 18 assists and also set the team to a 54.6 kill percent and a .429 hitting efficiency. Mexico had a 27.7 kill percent and a .036 hitting efficiency.

Leonardo Manzo led Mexico with seven points.

U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) was credited with a match-high 11 digs and five excellent receptions. Muagututia led the U.S. in excellent receptions with seven.

Patchell started Ciarelli and Sander at outside hitter, McDonnell and Rawson at middle blocker, Troy at opposite, Shoji at setter and Watten at libero.

Dufault substituted in the second set and started the third. Muagututia started the third set. Setter Ryan Ammerman (Parker, Colo.) and middle blocker Dylan Davis (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) played as substitutes.

U.S. Men’s Pan American Cup Team
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Dylan Davis (MB, 6-9, Corona Del Mar, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
2 - Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Hawaii)
4 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
5 - Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
7 - Jordan Dufault (OH, 6-4, Lakewood, Calif., UC Irvine)
9 - Daniel McDonnell (MB, 6-6, Glendale, Ariz., UC Irvine)
12 - Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
13 - Ryan Ammerman (S, 6-8, Parker, Colo., UC Irvine)
14 - Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
22 - Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
24 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Stanford)

Head Coach: Shawn Patchell
Assistant Coach: Tim Johnson
Team Manager: Nicholas MacRae
Athletic Trainer: Chad Eichten

2012 Men’s Pan American Cup Schedule and Results

Pool A: Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago
Pool B: Brazil, Mexico, United States, Venezuela

Pool A Schedule and Results
July 9: Argentina def. Canada 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14
July 9: Dominican Republic def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-13, 25-19, 30-28
July 10: Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-10, 25-18, 24-26, 25-11
July 10: Dominican Republic vs. Canada
July 11: Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 3 p.m.
July 11: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 7 p.m.

Pool B Schedule and Results
July 9: Brazil def. Mexico 25-15, 25-15, 25-16
July 9: United States def. Venezuela 25-17, 25-19, 25-12
July 10: United States def. Mexico, 25-8, 25-126, 25-18
July 10: Brazil vs. Venezuela, 5 p.m.
July 11: Venezuela vs. Mexico, 1 p.m.
July 11: United States vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. (2 p.m. PT)

July 12: 2B vs. 3A, 5 p.m. (Match 13)
July 12: 2A vs. 3B, 7 p.m. (Match 14)

July 13: 4A vs. Loser M13/14, 1 p.m. (Match 15)
July 13: 4B vs. Loser M13/14, 3 p.m. (Match 16)
July 13: 1A vs. Winner M13/14, 5 p.m. (Match 17)
July 13: 1B vs. Winner M13/14, 7 p.m. (Match 18)

July 14: M15 loser vs. M16 loser, 1 p.m. (Classification 7-8)
July 14: M15 winner vs. M16 winner, 3 p.m. (Classification 5-6)
July 14: M17 loser vs. M18 loser, 5 p.m. (bronze-medal match)
July 14: M17 winner vs. M18 winner, 8 p.m. (gold-medal match)