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U.S. Men Surge Past Brazil at Pan Am Cup

By B. J. Hoeptner Evans | July 11, 2012, 8 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 11, 2012) – A young group of players from the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team came back to defeat Brazil, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22 on Wednesday at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The victory means the U.S. Men (3-0) win Pool B and will get a day off on Thursday while the quarterfinals are played. Brazil finishes the pool second at 2-1.

The U.S. Men led Brazil in kills (56-53), blocks (11-9), aces (9-5) and digs (24-15).

After losing the first set, the U.S. Men trailed in the second set 23-21, but scored the final four points to win 25-23. The U.S. took an 8-5 lead in the third set and never trailed. The fourth set was tied at 18-18 when the U.S. scored twice and Brazil never caught up.

Outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led all scorers with a match-high 19 kills (59.4 kill percent, .500 hitting efficiency), one block and a team-high three aces. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added 16 points on 13 kills (52.0 kill percent, .400 hitting efficiency), two blocks and one ace.

Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) finished with 12 points on 10 attacks and two aces.

Middle blocker Dylan Davis (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) totaled seven points on seven attacks while middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) added seven points on three kills and a team-high four blocks.

Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) compiled six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace. Setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) tallied four points on two blocks and two aces while middle blocker Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) finished with one point on a kill.

U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) led the U.S. in digs with 11 and also was credited with seven excellent receptions. Sander led in excellent receptions with 14.

Shoji was credited with eight assists and set the U.S. Men to a 49.6 kill percent and a .310 hitting efficiency. Brazil had a 50.5 kill percent and a .352 hitting efficiency.

Gustavo Bonatto led Brazil with 18 points on 12 attacks and a match-high six blocks.

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

Davis substituted for McDonnell in the second set and started the third and fourth sets. Clark substituted in the second set for Troy and started the third and fourth sets. Outside hitter Jordan Dufault (Lakewood, Calif.) played as a substitute.

The first set came down to the final points as Brazil led 23-21. The U.S. pulled to within one at 23-22, but Brazil scored the final two points for the victory. The U.S. was hurt by seven team errors in the first set while Brazil committed only four. Sander led the U.S. with eight points on six kills, one block and one ace.

The U.S. and Brazil kept things close in the second set as well. The United States led 8-7 at the first technical timeout (TTO) and 16-15 at the second. Brazil seemed to have the upper hand as it pulled out to a 23-21 lead, but the U.S. scored the final four points of the set to pull out the victory.

The U.S. led 3-1 in the third set and 8-5 at the first TTO, getting points off two kills from Ciarelli, two from Sander, two from Davis and one from Clark along with an ace by Shoji. The U.S. Men extended the lead to 16-11 at the second TTO. With the U.S. leading 21-15, Brazil scored three straight points to pull to within three before Ciarelli ended the run with a kill. The U.S. reached set point at 24-20 on an attack by Clark. Brazil scored once more before the U.S. won it on a Brazilian error.

Brazil took a 4-1 lead in the fourth set and led 8-5 at the first TTO. The U.S. got points on two kills from Clark and one each by Ciarelli, Sander and Davis. The U.S. cut the lead to one at 11-10 before Brazil went on a three-point run to lead 14-10. The U.S. tied the score at 15-15. The teams battled back and forth until the score was tied 18-18 and the U.S. scored two straight points on a Brazil error and Clark kill. Brazil never caught up. The U.S. was leading 23-22 when it scored the final two points on a Ciarelli attack and Clark ace.

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 def. Canada, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17
July 11: Canada def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-15, 25-22, 25-23
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 def. Venezuela, 25-20, 25-15, 25-16
July 11: Mexico def. Venezuela, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23
July 11: United States def. Brazil, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22

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)