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U.S. Men Win Set but Brazil Takes Match at Pan Ams

Oct. 26, 2011, 11:33 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 26, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team became the first squad at the Pan American Games to take a set off Brazil on Wednesday, however it fell to the South Americans, 18-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The U.S. Men (1-2) finish play in Pool B in third place and will face Pool A second-place finisher Argentina (2-1) in Thursday’s quarterfinal match, scheduled for 4 p.m. PT. Brazil (3-0) wins Pool B and advances straight to Friday’s semifinals. Cuba (3-0) finished first in Pool A.

The U.S. Men got a little help on Wednesday from Puerto Rico, which swept a Canadian team that was no doubt still tired from Tuesday night’s marathon match against the United States. Losing in a sweep knocked Canada to fourth place in the pool while Puerto Rico finished in second.

The U.S. was led Wednesday by opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and middle blocker Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.), who each had nine points. Patak had a team-high eight kills and one ace while Vogel finished with six attacks and a team-high three blocks.

“Brazil plays at a velocity not seen in the university level where most of these players are," U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) said. "Our middle blockers did a good job and I am pleased with the way Kyle Caldwell is developing as a setter.”

Brazil led in kills, 52-38. It led in blocks, 12-5 and it led in aces, 4-2. The U.S. scored 29 point off Brazilian errors while committing only 25.

“It was the first time for us playing a big powerhouse team like Brazil,” said U.S. setter Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.). “We passed well and overall played really well. Obviously they got it done in the last three sets, but I thought we did pretty well.”

Brazil’s Wallace Martins led all scorers with 19 points on 15 kills, two blocks and two aces.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles, Calif.) totaled eight points on seven kills and one ace. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished with six points on six attacks.

Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored three points on attacks as did middle blocker Cody Loe (Chatsworth, Calif.).

Middle blocker Scott Slaughter (Newport Beach, Calif.) added two points on two kills as did outside hitter Jordan DuFault (Lakewood, Calif.). Caldwell had two points on two blocks. He was also credited with 17 assists.

Outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) scored one points on one kill.

Libero Kirk Francis (Torrance, Calif.) led the team in digs with six and in receptions with 10. Ciarelli finished with nine receptions.

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

Bourne started the third and fourth sets for Vance. DuFault started the fourth set for Ciarelli. Loe started the fourth set for Rawson. Slaughter and outside hitter Matt Stork (Topanga, Calif.) both played as substitutes.

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 at 4 p.m.:  Argentina vs. USA
Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.:  Puerto Rico vs. Mexico

Classification 5-8
Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.: A 4th vs. Quarterfinal loser
Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.: B 4th vs. Quarterfinal loser

Oct. 28 at noon: A winner vs. Quarterfinal winner
Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.: B winner vs. Quarterfinal winner

Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.: Classification 7-8
Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.: Classification 5-6
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)