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Men's Pan Am Cup Long List Revealed

Aug. 14, 2013, 10 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans, Manager, Communications, Phone: (719) 228-6800, E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 14, 2013) – The U.S. preliminary roster for the Men’s Pan American Cup volleyball tournament includes a mixture of veterans and newcomers.

Taylor Sander tips the ball against Brazil in 2012
  Taylor Sander looks to get the ball over the block of Brazil
  during the 2012 Pan American Cup

The seven-team Pan American Cup tournament will be played Aug. 19-25 at the Juan de la Barrera Gymnasium in Mexico City. Twelve U.S. players will be selected from the preliminary roster to compete.

The U.S. roster includes one Olympian, Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.), the backup setter for the 2012 men’s team in London.

Five players on the 2013 preliminary roster return from the 2012 team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Cup: outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who was named the most valuable player of the 2012 Pan Am Cup, outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.), setter Ryan Ammerman (Denver, Colo.) and middle blockers Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) and Dylan Davis (Corona Del Mar, Calif.).

Five players on the preliminary roster played on the 2011 Pan Am Cup Team that took silver:  Muagututia and Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) at outside hitter, opposite/outside hitters Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) and middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.).

Shawn Patchell, who coached the 2012 Pan American Cup team and is currently the men’s head coach at Concordia University, will again serve as head coach assisted by coach Allan Vince, the men’s head coach at Cal Baptist, and technical coordinator Nick MacRae of Long Beach State.

At the 2013 Pan American Cup, Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico will compete in Pool A, while Mexico, the United States, Dominican Republic as well as Trinidad and Tobago will be part of Pool B.

The highest ranked participating National Team in the final results of the competition, not already qualified to the FIVB World League 2014, will qualify to the FIVB World League Qualification Tournament Challenge Event.

U.S. Men’s Team Roster for Pan American Cup
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Connor Olbright (S, 6-4, Orange, Calif., Long Beach State)
2 Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
3 Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
4 Josh Taylor (OH, 6-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Pepperdine)
5 Ryan Jay Owens (OH, 6-6, Evanston, Ill., Orange Coast College)
6 Joe Sunder (OH, 6-7, Greensburg, Pa., Penn State)
7 Taylor Hughes (Opp, 6-7, Fallbrook, Calif., Pacific)
8 Michael Brinkley (L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC Irvine)
9 Dan McDonnell (MB, 6-6, Glendale, Ariz., UC Irvine)
10 Andy Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
11 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12 Will Price (Opp, 6-5, 207, Laytonsville, Md., Penn State)
13 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawaii)
14 Ryan Ammerman (S, 6-8, Parker, Colo., UC Irvine)
15 Shawn Sangrey (Opp, 6-5, Columbia, Pa., Ohio State)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Jacek Ratajczak (MB, 7-2, Warsaw, Poland, Cal State Northridge)
18 Russ Lavaja (MB, 6-7, St. Charles, Ill., BYU)
19 Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
20 Dylan Davis (MB, 6-9, Corona Del Mar, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
21 Chris Austin (S, 6-3, Henderson, Nev., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Shawn Patchell (Concordia University)
Assistant Coach: Allan Vince (Cal Baptist University)
Team Manager/Technical Coordinator: Nick MacRae (Long Beach State)
Physiotherapist: Jamie Rodgers