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U.S. Men Lose First World University Games Match

Aug. 15, 2011, 9:36 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 15, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team suffered its first loss of the 2011 World University Games, falling to the Czech Republic, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13 on Monday in pool play in Shenzhen, China.

The United States (2-1) will continue pool play on Tuesday against the United Arab Emirates (0-2). Czech Republic (3-0) will play Thailand (0-2).

The Czech Republic pressured the United States with it serve, finishing with seven service aces, versus three for the U.S. The U.S. dominated the blocking, 18-12 while the teams were relatively even in attacks, with the Czech Republic leading 63-60.

The U.S. hitting efficiency was 0.367 and its kill percent was 50.0. Czech Republic’s hitting efficiency was 0.357 and its kill percent was 48.8. The teams were close in team errors, with the U.S. charged with 31 and Czech Republic committing 30.

"It was a hard loss," U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) said. "You can't have a closer match. In the end experience made the difference, the Czech team's average age is 24-28 and our guys are all 22. No excuses; our guys played their hearts out and played hard."

Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led the United States with 28 points on 23 kills and five blocks. Outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 18 points on 14 kills, two blocks and two aces. Lawson had a hitting efficiency  of 0.619.

Middle blocker Tom Amberg (Westwood, Calif.) finished with 13 points on 10 kills and three blocks. Amberg’s hitting efficiency was 0.643.

The Czech Republic’s Jakub Rybnicek led all scorers with 32 points on a match-high 29 kills, one block and two aces.

Among other U.S. scorers, setter and Team Captain Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored nine points on four attacks and five blocks. Shoji was credited with 37 assists.

Middle blocker Weston Dunlap (Newport Beach, Calif.) contributed eight points on four attacks, three blocks and one ace. Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who started final four sets, finished with three points on spikes and opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.), who started the first set, had two points on two kills.

Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) was credited with 11 receptions and five digs. Lawson had 10 receptions and five digs.

"The tournament is long way from over and there is still a chance that we can take first in our group," Mayforth said. "Tomorrow we play the UAE, and will work hard to get better at our serve and pass, as well as the timing with our opposites."

U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) started Menzel and Lawson at outside hitter, Amberg and Dunlap at middle blocker, Troy at opposite, Kawika Shoji at setter and Eric Shoji at libero.

Clark substituted for Troy in the first set and started the next four. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii), setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii), middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif.) and outside hitter Cory Yoder (San Clemente, Calif.) all played as substitutes.

2011 World University Games
Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China

U.S. Men’s Roster
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
2 - Thomas Amberg (MB, 6-7, Westwood, Calif., UCLA)
3 - Tri Bourne (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
4 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
5 - Weston Dunlap (MB, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Brad Lawson (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
7 - Riley McKibbin (S, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
8 - Ryan Meehan (MB, 6-8, Dana Point, Calif., Long Beach State)
9 - Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
10 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
11 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
12 - Cory Yoder (OH, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Assistant Coach /Team Leader: Pete Hanson (Ohio State)
Assistant Coach: JT Wenger (UCLA)
Trainer: Larnie Boquiren

Jim Baughman (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)
Kyle Caldwell (Opp, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
Taylor Hughes (OH, 6-7, Fallbrook, Calif., Pacific)
Matt Pollock (MB, 6-9, Orland Park, Ill., Pepperdine)
Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Calif., Hawaii)
Rob Stowell (Opp, 6-7, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., BYU)

Match Schedule and Results (All times local)
Aug 12: U.S. def. Mexico, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15
Aug 13: USA def. Turkey, 25-18, 25-9, 25-20
Aug 15: Czech Republic def. USA, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13
Aug 16: USA vs. United Arab Emirates, 3 p.m.
Aug 17: USA vs. Thailand, 6 p.m.
Aug 19: Quarterfinals
Aug 20: Semifinals
Aug 22: Gold and bronze medal matches

Group D Rankings (will be updated when Monday’s matches are completed)
Country / Points / Match record / Set record / Point Ratio
THA/ 6 / 3-0 / 9-0 / 1.402
CZE / 6 / 3-0 / 9-2 / 1.149
USA / 5 / 2-1 / 8-3 / 1.214
TUR / 4 / 1-2 / 3-7 / 0.831
UAE / 3 / 0-3 / 1-9 / 0.800
MEX / 3 / 0-3 / 0-9 / 0.746