Friday, 14 Jun 2024

Second-Set Rally Propels USA to Victory in Pan American Cup

The U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off the 2021 Pan American Cup with an impressive win over Mexico, sweeping them 3-0 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The team’s strong performance in the second set allowed them to come from behind and secure the victory.

Head coach Andy Read expressed his pride in the team, highlighting their physical and mental strength. “We had a good first set and we were able to climb back to take the second and the match. We showed we are a strong team physically and mentally.”

In the first set, the USA took an early lead and won convincingly with a score of 25-17. However, they faced a setback in the second set as Mexico took an early advantage and built a significant lead of 10 points. Determined to turn the tide, outside hitter Cole Gillis delivered a couple of crucial aces while Mexico made errors. The U.S. team fought back, eventually tying the set at 24-24. They traded points until the U.S. took the lead at 28-27, and outside hitter Francisco Sani sealed the comeback set victory with an ace.

Maintaining their momentum, the U.S. team established a four-point lead in the third set and held on to win 25-20, completing the sweep of Mexico.

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The U.S. Men will continue their campaign in the Pan American Cup with a match against Puerto Rico on September 4 at 5 pm Eastern/2 pm Pacific. Live stats for this exciting contest will be available online.

Looking ahead, Coach Read emphasized the need for continuous improvement, recognizing that they won’t catch any opponents by surprise. He stated, “If today is our best day in the tournament, it would be a disappointment. But if today is simply the start of something greater, these next several days will be very special for these young men.”

In Friday’s match, middle blocker Shane Holdaway was the top scorer with 12 points, including nine kills and three blocks. Francisco Sani closely followed with 11 points, contributing six kills, three blocks, and two aces. Additionally, six other American players made significant contributions with at least four successful attacks.

The U.S. team displayed their dominance in various offensive categories, outperforming Mexico in attack points (38-25), blocks (8-5), and aces (9-5). They also showcased better passing efficiency, unofficially recording 64% positive passes compared to Mexico’s 51%, and had more successful receptions.

This match also marked the debut of nine players in the U.S. Men’s National Team: Shane Holdaway, Cole Gillis, Francisco Sani, Kevin Kauling, Jacob Pasteur, Nathan Lietzke, Ethan Champlin, Daniel Wetter, and Grant Sloane. Their impressive performances added depth to the team’s roster and showcased the exciting future of U.S. men’s volleyball.


Q: When is the next match for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the Pan American Cup?
A: The next match will be against Puerto Rico on September 4 at 5 pm Eastern/2 pm Pacific.

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Q: Where can I find live stats for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s matches in the Pan American Cup?
A: Live stats for the matches can be accessed online.


The U.S. Men’s National Team started their Pan American Cup campaign with a resounding victory over Mexico. Their determination and resilience were on full display as they rallied from behind to secure a sweep. With a focus on continuous improvement, the team looks forward to their upcoming matches, aiming to build on their success. The impressive performances of debutants and established players alike highlight the potential for a successful tournament for the U.S. team.

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