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Men's Pan Am Cup Team Headed to Mexico

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | May 19, 2016, 3 p.m. (ET)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 19, 2016) – The 12 players who will represent the United States at the NORCECA Men’s Pan American Cup left for Mexico City on Thursday.

The Pan American Cup will run May 21-26 and will also include teams from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico.

Matches will be live streamed on YouTube.

U.S. Pan American Cup Team

“We have eight days of practice, so I am just trying to get them to play together Iike we know they can,” said Head Coach Ron Larsen, a two-time Olympic assistant coach and currently an assistant at Concordia University Irvine. “They are a great group of guys and they have the opportunity to wear USA on their back. They’re looking forward to it.”

The assistant coaches are Armen Zakarian, coach at West Valley College in Saratoga, California, and Sean Rooney, a two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist who is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine. Team manager Jordan Cheng is from UC Irvine.

Carson Clark, who was playing with the senior Men’s National Team before being sidelined by an injury, will be the team captain and will play at opposite. Outside hitters who will compete at the Pan Am Cup are T.J. DeFalco (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Jake Langlois (San Jose, Calif.), Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill.), Brenden Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii).

The middle blockers on the team are Taylor Averill (San Jose, Calif.), Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, Ill.) and Kris Johnson (Long Beach, Calif.).

The setters are Peter Hutz (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Josh Tuaniga (Long Beach, Calif.) while Michael Brinkley (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will play libero.

Averill, Brinkley, DeFalco and Johnson all played on the U.S. Men’s team that competed at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Langlois, Sander, Tuaniga, Jendryk and DeFalco are all still in the midst of their college careers.

U.S. Men’s Pan American Cup Team
1. Jake Langlois (OH, 6-10, San Jose, Calif., BYU)
2. Greg Petty(OH, 6-6, Downers Grove, Ill., Lewis)
3. Brenden Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
4. Josh Taylor (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Pepperdine)
9. Joshua Tuaniga (S, 6-3, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
10. Peter Hutz (S, 6-4, Whitefish Bay, Wis., Loyola of Chicago)
12. Kris Johnson (MB, 6-11, Long Beach, Calif., California Baptist University)
15. Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17. Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)
19. Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., University of Hawaii)
23. TJ DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State University)
24. Michael Brinkley (L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., University of California – Irvine)

Head Coach: Ron Larsen
Assistant Coach: Armen Zakarian
Assistant Coach: Sean Rooney
Team Manager: Jordan Cheng
Athletic Trainer: Jonathan Sung

Schedule/Results (All times PT)
Pool Play

May 21: USA def Chile, 25-17, 17-25, 25-15, 25-22
May 22 at noon: Chile v Dominican Republic
May 23 at 2 p.m.: Dominican Republic v USA

May 24: Quarterfinals and classification matches
May 25: Semifinals and classification matches
May 26: Medal matches