Wednesday, 22 May 2024

U.S. Men’s Team Falls to Canada at Pan Am Cup

The U.S. Men’s Team suffered a tough loss to Canada in an intense match during the Pan American Cup. The match ended with Canada winning 26-24, 26-28, 25-19, 31-29 in the quarterfinals, held at Olympic Gymnasium Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City. Despite the loss, the United States (2-1) will have a chance for redemption in a rematch against the Dominican Republic, fighting for fifth place on Thursday. On the other hand, Canada (2-1) will face Argentina (3-0) in the semifinals on Wednesday.

U.S. Head Coach Ron Larsen acknowledged the strength of the Canadian team, stating, “They played better than us. We had a lot of errors, and Canada played with good rhythm. They were more determined and did a better job.”

Top performers for the U.S. included outside hitter T.J. DeFalco who led the team with 23 points, consisting of 20 kills and three blocks. DeFalco also contributed 11 out of the United States’ 22 digs. Josh Taylor, who started the first three sets at the opposite position, was the only other U.S. player in double figures, scoring 11 points with eight kills, one block, and two aces.

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Despite the strong individual performances, Team Captain Carson Clark expressed disappointment in the team’s overall performance, stating, “Our serves were off. We didn’t play well at all. There’s no excuse for our performance.”

Canada had the advantage in kills (53-50), blocks (12-9), and aces (8-5). The U.S. had a .313 hitting efficiency behind setter Joshua Tuaniga, while Canada achieved a .333 hitting efficiency. Canada’s Stephen Maar stood out as the top scorer of the match, contributing 29 points.

The first set saw Canada take set point at 24-22, but DeFalco’s kill and block tied the score. However, Canada managed to secure the set with a U.S. serving error and a kill. In the second set, the U.S. fought back from a 23-19 deficit with three consecutive points, leading to their first set point at 25-24. The U.S. eventually took the set after a kill from DeFalco, a block by Taylor, and a Canada hitting error. The fourth set was a battle, with the U.S. fighting off six Canada match points before ultimately succumbing.

Here are the U.S. starters for Monday’s match:

  • Outside hitters: T.J. DeFalco and Greg Petty
  • Middle blockers: Jeff Jendryk and Kris Johnson
  • Opposite: Josh Taylor
  • Setter: Josh Tuaniga
  • Libero: Michael Brinkley

Monday’s statistics for the U.S. team were as follows:

  • Kills: DeFalco 20, Taylor 8, Jendryk 7, Taylor Averill 3, Petty 2, Carson Clark 2, Johnson 1, Tuaniga 1
  • Blocks: DeFalco 3, Jendryk 2, Clark 1, Johnson 1, Taylor 1, Averill 1
  • Aces: Taylor 2, Petty 1, Jake Langlois 1, Averill 1
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Q: What was the result of the U.S. Men’s Team match against Canada in the Pan American Cup?
A: The U.S. Men’s Team lost the match to Canada with a final score of 26-24, 26-28, 25-19, 31-29.

Q: Who were the top performers for the U.S. in the match?
A: The standout performers for the U.S. were T.J. DeFalco with 23 points, including 20 kills and three blocks, and Josh Taylor with 11 points, consisting of eight kills, one block, and two aces.

Q: What are the upcoming matches for the United States and Canada?
A: The United States will face the Dominican Republic in a rematch for fifth place, while Canada will play against Argentina in the semifinals.


In a thrilling quarterfinal match of the Pan American Cup, the U.S. Men’s Team suffered a close defeat to Canada. Despite putting up a strong fight, the U.S. team fell short, allowing Canada to secure the win. Top performers for the U.S. included T.J. DeFalco and Josh Taylor, who showcased their skills with impressive contributions. The U.S. team will now have a chance for redemption in a rematch against the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Canada will progress to the semifinals, facing off against Argentina. With a display of skill and determination, both teams demonstrated their prowess in this intense competition. To stay updated on the latest matches and results, visit the official website of