Mens Volleyball

Team USA 3, Dominican Republic 2

Date of competition: Sunday, July 30, 2017

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The U.S. men’s national team, competing at the Pan American Cup, finished with two straight victories and a measure of revenge as it beat Dominican Republic, 15-25, 25-22, 20-25, 27-25, 15-13 in the fifth-place match on Sunday.

The U.S. Men finish the tournament with a record of 3-3. Dominican Republic also finishes 3-3. The victory is especially sweet after the Dominican Republic swept the United States in pool play.

In the deciding fifth set, the Dominican Republic led 8-6 at the side change. The U.S. tied it at 10-10 and the teams exchanged points until 13-13. Outside hitter David Wieczorek scored on a kill to put the U.S. ahead and middle blocker Jeff Jendryk and setter Jonah Seif closed the match with a block.

“We’re pleased to get a win in the last game of the tournament; a great way to end,” said Seif, the team captain. “We didn’t play perfectly, but we had a lot of resolve and were able to fight back. Our goal was just to compete in every game as hard as we can.”

The U.S. Men led in kills (58-53) and blocks (15-8) while Dominican Republic led in aces (11-8) and scored 38 points on U.S. errors while committing 21.

“Our expectation was to come here and compete; and I think our guys learned a lot about what it takes to compete at this level,” U.S. coach Rob Neilson said. “We would have liked to place a little bit better, but there were some good lessons learned for our guys.”

Opposite Kyle Ensing led the U.S. with 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace. Wieczorek added 17 points on 16 kills and one ace. Middle blockers Mitch Stahl and Jeff Jendryk had six blocks each and setter Seif finished with three aces. Libero Larry Tuileta was credited with seven digs.

Outside hitter Brenden Sander replaced Jake Langlois in the first set and scored 12 points on 11 kills and one block.

-- USA Volleyball

posted by Rick on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:46 pm

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