Stanford's Cook helps U.S. men post volleyball victory


The U.S. men's volleyball team competing at the Pan American Games recovered from a first-set loss and a serious threat in the second and went on to defeat Mexico, 20-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-17, on Sunday at Exhibition Center in Toronto.

The U.S. men's team improved to 1-1 heading into its match against host Canada (2-0) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. (PT). The match is scheduled to be shown live on ESPN3.

Team USA won Sunday's match despite committing 40 unforced errors to 27 by Mexico. The U.S. dominated in blocks (11-2), aces (9-3) and kills (50-38).

"Mexico is a really good team, with an amazing ball control," U.S. head coach Charlie Sullivan said. "They put a lot of pressure on us. We were making mistakes"

Stanford's Brian Cook, an outside hitter, had 14 points for Team USA. Opposite Zach La Cavera and middle blocker Taylor Averill led the U.S. with 17 and 16 points, respectively.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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