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Toray Arrows Beat Men's Pan American Games Team

Oct. 04, 2011, 6:05 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 4, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Volleyball Team fell to the Toray Arrows of Japan, 21-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-19 in an exhibition match on Monday at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.

The U.S. team used the match to prepare to compete at the Pan Am Games on Oct. 24-29 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) paced the United States’ effort with 12 points on 10 kills and two aces.

Opposite Dave McKienzie (Lakewood, Colo.), who is not on the Pan American Games roster but was supporting the team, scored 11 points on nine attacks, one block and one ace. Matt Rawson (Los Angeles, Calif.) totaled 10 points on five kills, four blocks and one ace.

The U.S. team out-blocked Toray, 10-7, led by Rawson’s four. The U.S. also scored on 50 kills while the Arrows had 48. However, the U.S. was hurt by 18 hitting errors while Japan committed seven. The teams were close in aces with Toray leading 6-5, but again, the U.S. was hurt by 20 serving errors while the Arrows had 15.

Toray’s Tatsunori Kakuda led all scorers with a match-high 22 points on 21 kills and one block.  

Members of the U.S. Men's Pan American Games Team pose for a photo prior to their exhibition match. Photo copyrighted by USAV/Gary Mathews Photo: Copyrighted by USAV/Gary Mathews Members of the U.S. Men's Pan American Games Team pose for a photo prior to their exhibition match. Among other U.S. scorers, Matt Stork (Topanga, Calif.) had eight points on six kills and two blocks. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) added seven points on six attacks and one block. Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) totaled six points on four attacks, one block and one ace.

Nick Vogel (El Cajon, Calif.) and Scott Slaughter (Newport Beach, Calif.) both scored three points on three attacks. Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled three points on two kills and one block.

Cody Loe (Chatsworth, Calif.) scored two points on two attacks.

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

McKienzie started the second and third sets at opposite. Slaughter started the third and fourth sets at middle blocker. Dejno started the fourth set at outside hitter. Loe started the third set at middle blocker. J.D. Schleppenbach (Ventura, Calif.) started the fourth set at libero.

Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) also played as a substitute.

The U.S. Men’s Pan American Games team will begin competition on Oct. 24 in Group B with Brazil, Canada and Puerto Rico. Group A will include Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.

U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team
(Twelve players will be selected to travel to Guadalajara)

No Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 J.D. Schleppenbach (L, 6-4, Ventura, Calif., Pepperdine)
2 Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., University of Southern California)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
5 Eric Vance (OH, 6-4, Camarillo, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
6 Nick Vogel (MB, 6-9, El Cajon, Calif., UCLA)
7 Matt West (S, 6-5, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine)
8 Kyle Caldwell (Opp, 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 (S, 6-5, Topanga, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
12 Kirk Francis (L, 5-11, Torrance, Calif., Long Beach State)
13 James Baughman (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, 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)
17 Scott Kevorken (MB, 6-8, Westlake Village, Calif., UC Irvine)
18 Jeremy Dejno (OH, 6-5, New Berlin, Wis., UC Irvine)
19 Taylor Crabb (OH, 6-1, Honolulu, Hawaii, Long Beach State)

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