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U.S. Men Fall in Five to Argentina at Pan Ams

Oct. 27, 2011, 10:10 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 27, 2011) – All its experience with five-set matches at the Pan American Games paid off for Argentina on Thursday as it defeated the U.S. Men, 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-11 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The quarterfinal loss ends the U.S. Men's (1-3) hopes for a medal and it will begin play for fifth to eighth place on Friday against Venezuela at 10 a.m. PT.

Argentina (3-1) will move on to play Brazil in Friday’s semifinals. Thursday was Argentina’s fourth five-set match of the Pan Am Games. The only one it has lost was to semifinalist Cuba.

The U.S. Men had their chances on Thursday, out-attacking Argentina 53-51 and serving up seven aces while Argentina had two. But Argentina led the blocking battle 10-8 and the U.S. couldn’t overcome its 38 team errors – including 18 service errors and 25 hitting errors – while Argentina had 28.

"We played, passed, blocked and served well, but we had simple errors every time we got an edge," said U.S. opposite and Team Captain Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.). "It is difficult to swallow, but tomorrow will be another match."

Patak led all scorers with 21 points on 16 kills and a match-high five aces. Middle blocker Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) added 16 points on 12 attacks, three blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) totaled 11 points on eight attacks and three blocks.

"There are two things I liked: We attacked in the middle of the court and served very well," U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) said. "I like to work with a fundamentals system with my teams, but I didn’t have enough time to teach them. Our goal was to play for a medal, but this is a learning experience.”

Federico Pereyra paced Argentina with 20 points on a match-high 20 kills. Sebastian Sole led in blocking with five.

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) totaled six points on five kills and one ace. Middle blocker Scott Slaughter (Newport Beach, Calif.) added five points on attacks.

Setter Kyle Caldwell contributed four points on two kills and two blocks. Caldwell was credited with 25 assists.

Middle blocker Cody Loe (Chatsworth, Calif.) scored three points on three attacks and middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles, Calif.) added two points on two kills.

Libero Kirk Francis (Torrance, Calif.) was credited with eight digs and 14 receptions. Ciarelli and Vance were also each credited with eight digs and Vance led in receptions with 19. The U.S. finished with 39 digs while Argentina had 27.

U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) started Ciarelli and Vance at outside hitter, Vogel and Rawson at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Caldwell at setter and Kirk Francis (Torrance, Calif.) at libero.

Slaughter started the second and third sets for Rawson and Loe started the fourth and fifth sets for Slaughter. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii) played as a substitute.

Argentina opened an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set. Coming out of the break, the South American side scored two more points and Speraw called timeout at 10-5. The U.S. came back with two straight blocks and an Argentina violation made it 10-8 before Argentina scored on a kill. The teams traded points until Argentina led 12-10 and scored on two straight kills to increase its lead to four. Argentina still led by four at the second TTO, increasing it to five at 19-14. With Argentina leading 21-17, the United States’ served out of bounds and Argentina scored the final three points of the set on a block and U.S. error.

The U.S. fortunes turned around to open the second set as it took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO. Patak served for the first six points of the match, including three aces and a Ciarelli kill, before serving out of bounds to give Argentina its first point. A block by Caldwell and kill from Patak gave the team its seventh and eighth points. By the second TTO, the U.S. had increased its lead to five points, scoring on kills from Slaughter, Patak (2), Vance and Ciarelli. Coming out of the break, Ciarelli scored on a kill and Patak had his fourth ace of the set to increase the U.S. lead to 18-11. Argentina came back with two straight points and the teams scored back and forth until Argentina scored two more straight points on a kill and U.S. error to pull to within five at 21-17. Vance came back with a kill and the teams traded points again. The U.S. reached set point at 24-19 on a Ciarelli kill and won the set on Patak’s strike off the block.

Argentina had the momentum to open the third set and took a 4-1 lead before Ciarelli scored with a kill. The U.S. pulled to within one with a block and eventually tied the score at 7-7 before a U.S. service error gave the South American side an 8-7. Coming out of the break, the U.S. scored on Patak’s roll shot to tie the score. The teams went back and forth until the score was tied at 11-11. Argentina scored on two straight kills and a block to go ahead 13-11 and Speraw called timeout. Vogel came back with a kill, but Argentina led by three, 16-13, at the second TTO. Coming out of the break, Slaughter scored with a middle quick attack and the teams alternated scoring until a U.S. passing miscommunication followed by an Argentina kill put the South Americans ahead 19-15 and Speraw called timeout. Patak came back with a kill, but Argentina used a 5-1 run to reach set point at 24-17. Both teams ended the set with service errors to make the score 25-18.

The U.S. took a 6-2 lead in the fourth set, including Patak’s fifth ace of the match, two kills from Vogel and one each by Patak and Caldwell. The U.S. led 8-4 at the first TTO, as Argentina served into the net twice for the United States seventh and eighth points. Argentina hit out of bounds twice coming out of the timeout, and a Vance ace and Loe kill put the U.S. ahead 12-4 and Argentina called timeout. The strategy worked as Vance’s next serve went out. But Loe responded with a quick kill and a Vogel attack put the U.S. ahead 14-5. Argentina did not give up and used a 6-2 run to make it 16-11. But the U.S. got an ace from Vance and a kill to stretch the lead back to seven. Argentina was not able to close the gap farther than five points and the U.S. scored the final two points of the set on a Vogel block and Patak kill.

The teams opened the fifth set even and alternated points. With Argentina leading 7-6, a violation followed by a hitting error gave the U.S. the 8-7 edge at the side change. But with the U.S. leading 9-8, the U.S. served into the net and an Argentina block put the South Americans up 10-9 and Speraw called timeout. Argentina won a long rally with a kill after the break to go ahead 11-9 and Speraw called timeout again. Ciarelli responded with a block, but Argentina scored on a block and ace. The U.S. gained new life when Argentina served into the net, but Argentina used a kill and block to win the match.

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: Argentina def. USA 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-11
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)