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U.S. Men's A2 Team Powers Past Panama

June 14, 2011, 5:34 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 14, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s A2 Volleyball Team picked up its second victory at the 2011 Pan American Cup on Tuesday with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-11 victory over Panama at the at the Robert Guertin Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

The U.S. Men’s A2 Team (2-0) will play Argentina (2-0) at 3 p.m. PT on Wednesday to determine the winner of Group C. Panama (0-2) will play Bahamas (0-2).

Matches can be viewed online at www.sportscanada.tv/index.php/2011-pan-american-mens-volleyball-cup.

The U.S. Men’s A2 Team got very balanced scoring as four players each finished with seven points.

Middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) scored seven points on a match-high seven kills (77.8 kill percent). Starting opposite Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) scored seven points on four kills (50.0 kill percent) and a match-high three blocks. Substitute opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) added seven points on six kills (60.0 kill percent) and one block. Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) contributed seven points on five kills and two blocks.

Panama was led by Edward Diaz and Domingo Avila who each scored six points.

“We wanted to get better today,” U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) said. “We feel the tournament is going to get harder each day and the team needs to improve. The players responded and we played a lot of guys, but still had a good result in points. Overall, the USA served and blocked well.”

Mayforth said the team is looking forward to its Wednesday match against Argentina.

"The U.S. and Argentina have a great history," he said. "We have played against each other many times. It’s going to be a very good match; we know that Argentina has a lot of talent."

On Tuesday, the U.S. Men’s A2 Team out-scored Panama on kills 34-21. The United States’ hitting efficiency was 0.369 and its kill percentage was 52.31. Panama’s hitting efficiency was 0.012 and its kill percentage was 25.3.

The United States out-blocked Panama 9-2 and scored on seven aces while Panama had two.

The U.S. Men’s A2 Team finished with 17 digs and 11 errors while Panama was credited with 15 digs and 30 errors.

Among other U.S. scorers, starting outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) totaled six points on five kills (62.5 kill percent) and one block. Substitute outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) added six points on six kills (50.0 kill percent).

Starting setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) scored five points on a match-high five aces.

Outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) totaled two points on one kill and one ace. Backup setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored two points on two blocks. Outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) finished with one point on a block.

Winder was credited with 16 assists and no errors while Shoji, who entered the match as a substitute in the second set and started the third before Winder returned, finished with 18 assists and no errors.

Libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) led the team with six digs and two faults on 11 attempts.

Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) started Jablonsky and Tarr at outside hitter, Smith and Hein at middle blocker, Price at opposite, Winder at setter and Watten at libero.

2011 Pan American Cup
June 13-18 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
U.S. Men’s A2 Team

No. Name (Position, Height, Weight, Hometown, College)
1 Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, 210, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, 225, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
6 Murphy Troy (OH, 6-8, 240, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
7 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, 216, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
8 Andy Hein (MB, 6-11, 232, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
9 Ryan Meehan (MB, 6-8, 209, Dana Point, Calif., Long Beach State)
11 Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, 194, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
12 David Smith (MB, 6-7, 190, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
16 C Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, 200, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
17 Will Price (Opp, 6-5, 207, Laytonsville, Md., Penn State)
18 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, 205, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
19 Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, 162, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Team Leader: Jon Roberts
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron
Therapist/Trainer: Shawn Patchell
Technical Coordinator: Jacob Schick
Medical Support: Chad Eichten
Schedule (all times PT)

Group A
June 13: Brazil def. Mexico, 25-22, 25-20, 25-15
June 14 at 3 p.m.: Venezuela vs. Mexico
June 15 at noon: Brazil vs. Venezuela

Group B
June 13: Canada def. Puerto Rico, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17
June 14 at 5 p.m.: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
June 15 at 5 p.m.: Canada vs. Dominican Republic

Group C
June 13: USA def. Bahamas, 25-14, 25-12, 25-12
June 13: Argentina def. Panama, 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
June 14: Argentina def. Bahamas, 25-20, 25-16, 25-9
June 14: USA def. Panama, 25-14, 25-14, 25-11
June 15 at noon: Panama vs. Bahamas
June 15 at 3 p.m.: USA vs. Argentina

June 16 at 10 a.m.: Classification 5-10
June 16 at noon: Classification 5-10
June 16 at 3 p.m. Quarterfinals
June 16 at 5 p.m. Quarterfinals

June 17 at 8 a.m.: 9th/10th Place
June 17 at 10 a.m.: Classification 5/8
June 17 at noon: Classification 5/8
June 17 at 3 p.m.: Semifinals
June 17 at 5 p.m.: Semifinals

June 18 at 10 a.m.: 7th/8th Place
June 18 at noon: 5th/6th Place
June 18 at 3 p.m.: Bronze Medal
June 18 at 5 p.m.: Gold Medal