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Thailand Tackles U.S. Men at WUGs

Aug. 17, 2011, 10:44 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 17, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team fell to Thailand, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23 on Wednesday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, and lost the chance to play for a medal.

The U.S. Team finishes pool play at 3-2 and in third place in Pool D. The Czech Republic won the pool at 5-0 and Thailand was second at 4-1. The U.S. will now play for ninth-16th place. It will start against Japan at midnight PT on Friday.

Thailand scored 35 points off U.S. errors while committing 18. The teams were even in attacks (49-49) with the U.S. holding the edge in blocks (8-5) and Thailand leading in service aces (9-7).

The U.S. hitting efficiency was 0.324 and its kill percent was 48.0. Thailand’s hitting efficiency was 0.444 and its kill percent was 54.4.

"Tonight was about match management,” U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) said. “Thailand has many of their national team starters and they know how to manage a match better. The difference in the game was errors – 35 for USA and only 18 for Thailand.

"We will now focus on the next three games and play the best  we can for the ninth through 16th position. We all understand that we are still wearing USA on our chest. It matters how we finish and the image we leave."

Outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) led the U.S. effort with 15 points on 13 kills (0.571 hitting efficiency), one block and one ace. Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo./USC) added 14 points on 12 attacks and two aces. Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif./UCSB) finished with 12 points on nine attacks, two blocks and one ace.

Thailand’s Jirayu Raksakaew led all scorers with 29 points on 28 kills and one ace.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Tom Amberg (Westwood, Calif./UCLA) scored nine points on five kills, three blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC) added six points on six attacks (0.750 hitting efficiency). Middle blocker Weston Dunlap (Newport Beach, Calif./UCLA) totaled six points on four attacks, one block and one ace.

Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif./UC Irvine) contributed one point with a block and setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) added one point with an ace. Kawika Shoji was also credited with 40 assists.

Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) was credited with seven receptions and three digs. Lawson led in passing with 13 receptions and seven digs.

Mayforth started Lawson and Menzel at outside hitter, Amberg and Dunlap at middle blocker, Kawika Shoji at setter, Troy at opposite and Erik Shoji at libero.

Clark, Bourne, setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC), middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif./Long Beach State) and outside hitter Cory Yoder (San Clemente, Calif./UC Irvine) all played as substitutes.

2011 World University Games
Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China

U.S. Men’s Roster
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
2 - Thomas Amberg (MB, 6-7, Westwood, Calif., UCLA)
3 - Tri Bourne (OH, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
4 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
5 - Weston Dunlap (MB, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Brad Lawson (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
7 - Riley McKibbin (S, 6-2, Honolulu, Hawaii, Southern California)
8 - Ryan Meehan (MB, 6-8, Dana Point, Calif., Long Beach State)
9 - Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
10 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
11 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
12 - Cory Yoder (OH, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Assistant Coach /Team Leader: Pete Hanson (Ohio State)
Assistant Coach: JT Wenger (UCLA)
Trainer: Larnie Boquiren

Jim Baughman (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State)
Kyle Caldwell (Opp, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
Taylor Hughes (OH, 6-7, Fallbrook, Calif., Pacific)
Matt Pollock (MB, 6-9, Orland Park, Ill., Pepperdine)
Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Calif., Hawaii)
Rob Stowell (Opp, 6-7, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., BYU)

Group D Results
Aug 12: U.S. def. Mexico, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15
Aug 13: USA def. Turkey, 25-18, 25-9, 25-20
Aug 15: Czech Republic def. USA, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13
Aug 16: USA def. United Arab Emirates, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20
Aug 17: Thailand def. USA, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23

Group D Rankings
Country / Points / Match record / Set record
CZE / 10 / 5-0 / 15-5
THA/ 9 / 4-1 / 13-4
USA / 8 / 3-2 / 12-6
MEX / 7 / 2-3 / 6-9
TUR / 6 / 1-4 / 5-13
UAE / 5 / 0-5 / 1-15

Second Round Schedule and Results
Aug. 19: USA vs. Japan, midnight PT