Team USA 3, Venezuela 0
Date of competition: Saturday, July 29, 2017
The U.S. Men’s National Team competing at the Pan American Cup defeated Venezuela, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20 on Saturday in Gatineau, Canada.
The U.S. Men (2-3) will play Dominican Republic (3-2) for fifth place on Sunday at 10 a.m. It will be a rematch of the pool play contest, which the Dominican Republic won, 3-0.
Saturday’s victory came after a tough loss on Friday to Puerto Rico. U.S. Head Coach Rob Neilson was happy with his team’s resilience.
“Today, we played very good from the service line, and received the ball very well,” Neilson said. “For sure it was an overall better match today. I’m excited for the guys, and hopefully we’re moving in the right direction.”
Venezuela led in kills (33-32) while the U.S. Men led in blocks (8-5) and aces (11-3). The U.S. scored 24 points off Venezuela errors while committing 16. The U.S. hitting efficiency was .387 while Venezuela’s was .163.
“This is a young group; we have players that are still in university and they are learning what it takes to compete at an international level,” Neilson said. “It’s the quality of touches and quality of shots. We’re learning and sometimes we’re taking some hard knocks, but we’re progressing, and I’m pleased with that.”
Outside hitter Jake Langlois led the U.S. Men with 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. Middle blocker Mitch Stahl totaled nine points including three aces and two blocks. Outside hitter David Wieczorek scored nine points on seven kills (.545) and two blocks. Setter Jonah Seif had a match-high four aces.
-- USA Volleyball
posted by Rick on Jul 30, 2017 at 12:23 am
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