Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Five U.S. Men Making Debuts at 2023 Pan Am Cup

This week, five talented players will be making their debuts with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the NORCECA Pan American Cup. Taking place from August 15-20, this exciting event will be held at the Astros Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Introducing the Rising Stars

The U.S. Men’s roster for the tournament features some promising new faces. Setter Cole Bogner, liberos Troy Gooch and Tim McIntosh, and middle blockers Matthew Knigge and Michael Marshman will all be making their first appearance for the national team. Joining them are setter Quinn Isaacson, outside hitters Ethan Champlin, Kyle McCauley, Jacob Pasteur, and Brett Wildman, opposites Camden Gianni and Parker Van Buren, and middle blockers Patrick Gasman and Merrick McHenry.

Returning Champions

Six players from the team that won bronze at the 2022 Pan American Cup are also part of the roster: Gasman, Isaacson, McCauley, McHenry, Pasteur, and Wildman. Champlin, Isaacson, McCauley, McHenry, Van Buren, and Wildman were also part of the team that secured bronze at the 2022 Pan American Cup Final Six.

A Stellar Coaching Team

Leading the U.S. Men’s National Team at the Pan American Cup is head coach Andy Read, with assistance from Angel Nikolov and Samuel Stafford. This experienced coaching team will be instrumental in guiding the players towards success.

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A Competitive Tournament

Ten teams are vying for the Pan American Cup this year. The United States will compete in Pool A, alongside Puerto Rico and Chile. Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Canada make up Group B, while Group C consists of Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru.

Raising the Bar

The U.S. Men’s National Team has a strong track record at the Pan American Cup, having won the tournament five times in the past, with their most recent victory in 2012. However, Cuba has emerged as a formidable competitor, having won the last two editions in 2022 and 2019.

U.S. Men’s Roster for the Pan American Cup

Here is the complete roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team competing in the Pan American Cup:

  • Troy Gooch (L, 6-0, Buffalo, N.Y., UCLA, Western Empire)
  • Cole Bogner (S, 6-3, Chesapeake, Va., Penn State, Old Dominion)
  • Timothy McIntosh (L, 6-0, Miami, Fla., Sacred Heart, Florida)
  • Jacob Pasteur (OH, 6-4, Westminster, Md., Ohio State Univ., Chesapeake)
  • Matthew Knigge (MB, 6-7, New Egypt, N.J., Vassar, Garden Empire)
  • Camden Gianni (Opp, 6-5, Carlsbad, Calif., Grand Canyon, Southern California)
  • Patrick Gasman (MB, 6-10, Clovis, Calif., Univ. of Hawaii, Northern California)
  • Quinn Isaacson (S, 6-2, Plainfield, Ill., Ball State, Great Lakes)
  • Parker Van Buren (Opp, 6-9, Cross Plains, Wis., Loyola Chicago, Badger)
  • Kyle McCauley (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC San Diego, Southern California)
  • Michael Marshman (MB, 6-7, Glenmont, N.Y., St. Francis Univ., Excelsior Empire)
  • Brett Wildman (OH, 6-5, Virginia Beach, Va., Penn State, Old Dominion)
  • Ethan Champlin (OH, 6-3, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
  • Merrick McHenry (MB, 6-7, Bedford, Texas, UCLA, North Texas)
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Head Coach: Andy Read
Assistant Coaches: Angel Nikolov, Samuel Stafford
Team Leader/Performance Analyst: Nathaniel Wilson
Athletic Trainer: Benjamin Colletti

Exciting Schedule

Take note of the U.S. Men’s schedule for the Pan American Cup, all in Pacific Daylight Time:

  • Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. – USA vs Puerto Rico
  • Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. – USA vs Chile
  • Aug. 18 – Playoffs for semifinals
  • Aug. 19 – Classification matches and semifinals
  • Aug. 20 – Classification matches and finals

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How many times has the U.S. Men’s National Team won the Pan American Cup?

    • The U.S. Men have won the Pan American Cup five times in the past.
  2. Who are the returning players from the team that won bronze in the 2022 Pan American Cup?

    • Gasman, Isaacson, McCauley, McHenry, Pasteur, and Wildman were part of the team that secured bronze in 2022.
  3. Which teams are in the same group as the United States in the Pan American Cup?

    • The United States is in Pool A, alongside Puerto Rico and Chile.
  4. Who is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team?

    • Andy Read is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Conclusion

The upcoming 2023 Pan American Cup promises to be an exciting showcase of talent, with the U.S. Men’s National Team fielding a mix of experienced players and promising newcomers. Under the guidance of their talented coaching staff, the team aims to add another prestigious title to their already impressive collection. Stay tuned for thrilling matches and outstanding performances from these rising stars of volleyball.

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