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U.S. Finishes Sixth at Pan Am Cup

By B.J. Evans | Aug. 17, 2015, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

RENO, Nev. (Aug. 17, 2015) – Mexico played strong defense and took advantage of 32 scoring errors by the U.S. men in a 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 Pan American Cup victory on Monday at the Reno Events Center.

Mexico (2-3) finishes the tournament in fifth while the U.S. (2-3) places sixth.

The U.S. led the match in spikes (38-35) while Mexico led in aces (3-2). The teams tied in blocks (5-5). Twenty of the United States’ 32 scoring errors came on serves. Mexico gave up 21 points on errors.

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Mexico’s hitting efficiency was .264 while the United States’ was .239.

Opposite Daniel Vargas led Mexico with 13 points on 12 spikes and one block. Setter Pedro Rangel added seven points on three spikes, two blocks and two aces.

U.S. opposite Kyle Russell, who started the second and third sets, led all scorers with 15 points on 12 attacks and a match-high three blocks. Outside hitter Cody Kessel added nine points on eight spikes and one block.

U.S. captain, AJ Nally

“The United States volleyball program has a lot to look forward to in the future and the years to come. We have to move on towards our club and university seasons and grab what we can with what we did this week. It’s unfortunate that we lost, we didn’t perform to our best but we have a lot of good things going for us and we need to focus on that.”

U.S. head coach, Jeff Nygaard

“We came in with the team goal of winning this tournament. We quickly recognized as coaches that our real job that we have is teaching these players what the international level is about so we can increase their learning. So when grassroots players of the U.S.A. pipeline are called the next time to represent the U.S. they have this experience to draw on. This tournament has been a wonderful resource because everyone got an opportunity; I got the opportunity to play everyone, everyone contributed at the international level, everyone had a positive impact on the team, and everyone walks away with the feeling that they played here and gained some experience.”

Monday's starters
Outside hitter: Nally and Kessel
Middle blocker: Jendryk and Benesh
Opposite: Patch
Setter: McIlvaine
Libero: Brinkley

U.S. Men’s Roster

1 Cody Kessel (OH/Opp, 6-5, Colorado Springs, Colo., Princeton)
2 Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)
3 Andy Benesh (MB, 6-8, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Southern California)
5 Michael Brinkley (L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC Irvine)
8 Jake Langlois (OH, 6-10, San Jose, Calif., BYU)
9 Graham McIlvaine (S, 6-6, Hinsdale, Ill., Ball State)
19 AJ Nally (OH, 6-5, Rochester, N.Y., Springfield College)
20 Bobby Walsh (MB, 6-8, Chicago, Ill., Lewis)
21 Ben Patch (Opp, 6-8, Provo, Utah, BYU)
22 Jonah Seif (S, 6-6, Thousand Oaks, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
23 Greg Petty (OH, 6-5, Downers Grove, Ill., Lewis)
24 Kyle Russell (OH, 6-9, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Jeff Nygaard (USC men's head coach)
Assistant Coach: Colin McMillan (Penn State men's assistant coach)
Assistant Coach: Nils Nielsen (UCLA men's assistant coach)
Technical Coordinator: Jordan Cheng (Pepperdine)
Physiotherapist: Berangere Dwyer

2015 Pan American Cup Schedule

Aug. 12 (pool play)
Argentina def Mexico, 25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 25-15
Brazil def  Dominican Republic, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22
Canada def Puerto Rico, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19
Venezuela def USA, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-18

Aug. 13 (pool play)
Canada def Dominican Republic, 25-18, 25-21, 27-29, 17-25, 15-13
Argentina def Venezuela. 25-23, 25-21, 25-21
Brazil def Puerto Rico, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14
USA def Mexico, 30-28, 25-22, 27-25

Aug. 14 (pool play)
Dominican Republic def Puerto Rico, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19
Venezuela def Mexico, 25-15, 20-25, 25-20, 25-27
Brazil def Canada, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23
Argentina def USA, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23

Aug. 15 (quarterfinals)
Venezuela def Dominican Republic, 25-23, 25-17, 25-20
Canada def USA, 27-29-25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 19-17

Aug. 16
Mexico def Dominican Republic, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23
USA def Puerto Rico, 21-25, 15-25, 25-22, 30-28, 15-9
Argentina def Canada, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21
Brazil def Venezuela, 28-26, 25-18, 25-20

Aug. 17
Classification 7/8: Puerto Rico def Dominican Republic, 17-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-11
Classification 5/6: Mexico def USA, 25-23, 25-20, 25-23
Bronze medal: Venezuela def Canada, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25, 19-17
Gold medal: Brazil def Argentina, 22-25, 35-33, 25-17, 25-21

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