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U.S. Men End WUGs with Win over Norway

Aug. 21, 2011, 3:45 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Team ended its World University Games tournament on a winning note with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Norway on Sunday in Shenzhen, China.

The U.S. Team finished the World University Games in 13th place with a 5-3 record. Norway finishes 14th at 2-5.

The United States led the match in all scoring categories. It out-attacked Norway 53-49. The U.S. had a hitting efficiency of 0.367 and successfully converted 48.6 percent of its kill attempts into points. Norway’s hitting efficiency was 0.221 and its kill percent was 43.4.

The U.S. also led in blocks (8-6) and in service aces (3-0). The U.S. scored 34 points on Norway’s errors while only giving up 19 points on errors.

"I thought our team played good volleyball today,” U.S. Head Coach Gordon Mayforth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) said. “It would be easy to come out flat but many guys were saying in the locker room that we still play for the USA and they did."

Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif./UC Irvine) led all scorers with 21 points on a match-high 18 kills (0.424 hitting efficiency), one block and a match-high two aces. Outside hitter Cory Yoder (San Clemente, Calif./UC Irvine) added 11 points on 10 kills (0.476 hitting efficiency) and one block.  Outside hitter Tri Bourne (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC) totaled 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

Norway was led by Sigurd Van Dijk Festoy, who had 18 points on 16 kills and two blocks.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Tom Amberg (Westwood, Calif./UCLA) had a match-high four blocks along with five kills for nine total points.

Middle blocker Weston Dunlap (Westwood, Calif./UCLA) scored six points on five kills (0.667 hitting efficiency) and one block. Outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) added four points on three kills and one block.

Setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii/USC) finished with two points on one kill and one block and libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) was credited with a point on a kill.

"It was nice to end on two wins  and a 5-3 record, with every player playing and contributing to the end result,” Mayforth said. “It was not the position we had hoped for, but this was a good learning experience for our  players. This was the first tournament for many of them where they were playing guys older with a lot more experience.

“We had chances due to our athletic ability and if we had three more weeks of practice,  this team would have turned those few points that changed our where we finished."

Mayforth started Lawson and Yoder at outside hitter, Amberg and Dunlap at middle blocker, McKibbin at setter, Clark at opposite and Erik Shoji at libero.

Bourne started the third and fourth sets for Lawson.

Middle blocker Ryan Meehan (Dana Point, Calif./Long Beach State), outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif./UC Santa Barbara), opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo./USC) and setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii/Stanford) 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

Quarterfinals for ninth-16th
Aug. 19: Japan def. USA, 25-20, 23-25, 28-30, 25-21, 15-11

Semifinals for 13th-16th
Aug. 20: USA def. Sweden, 25-21, 24-26, 25-10, 27-25

Finals for 13th-14th
Aug. 21: USA def. Norway, 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14