Saturday, 13 Jul 2024

U.S. Men Light up Mexico and Win 2nd Pan Am Cup Match

The U.S. Men’s Team showcased their skills and defeated Mexico in an electrifying match at the Pan American Cup Final Six. Despite a brief power outage, the U.S. Men demonstrated their enthusiasm and came out victorious with a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) in Tepic, Nayaret, Mexico.

Dominant Performance by the U.S. Men

The U.S. Men’s Team (2-2) secured their place in the top four teams, ensuring their advancement to the semifinals on Saturday. Their next round-robin match is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. PT against the Dominican Republic (0-4). To catch all the action, you can tune in to the livestream at

Highlights of the Match

In terms of kills and aces, the U.S. Men outperformed Mexico, with a score of 38-28 and 5-2, respectively. However, Mexico held a slight advantage in blocks with a score of 5-4.

Key Moments from the Game

After winning the first set, the U.S. faced a challenge in the second set when Mexico took a lead of four points at 15-11. But the U.S. Men’s Team remained resilient. Francesco Sani, who came off the bench, provided a much-needed boost, and the U.S. managed to tie the score at 20-20. The set was won with a kill from middle blocker Merrick McHenry and an ace from outside hitter Brett Wildman at 23-23.

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During the third set, the match was momentarily interrupted by a power outage. But once the lights came back on, Mexico fought back to level the score. It was Nyherowo Omene, the U.S. Men’s middle blocker, who delivered a remarkable service run, enabling his team to reclaim the lead and secure the win.

The Key to Success

According to U.S. Head Coach Andy Read, the success of the U.S. Men’s Team can be attributed to the exceptional performance of their passers: Kyle McCauley, Brett Wildman, and Mason Briggs. Their synchronized passing skills have contributed to the team’s powerful offensive attack.

Individual Performances

Setter Quinn Isaacson played a crucial role, setting the U.S. Men’s Team to an impressive .418 hitting efficiency.

Brett Wildman emerged as the top scorer of the match, earning 14 points with 11 kills, two blocks, and one ace. He also displayed his determination by going after a ball off the court in the second set, climbing over an official’s table.

Nyherowo Omene contributed eight points, including seven kills and one ace. Francesco Sani, who started the third set, showcased his skills with five kills and two blocks, totaling seven points.

Merrick McHenry and Kyle McCauley both scored seven points, with McHenry delivering six kills and one ace, and McCauley contributing three kills and two aces.

Parker Van Buren began the first two sets as the opposite and scored four points from four kills.

Libero Mason Briggs played a vital role, being credited with six digs and nine excellent receptions.

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

  • No. 5C Matt West (S, 6-6, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine, Puget Sound)
  • No. 9 J.R. Norris IV (MB, 6-6, Lancaster, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
  • No. 11 Francesco Sani (Opp, 6-8, Bethesda, Md., UC Irvine, Chesapeake)
  • No. 14 Quinn Isaacson (S, 6-2, Plainfield, Ill., Ball State, Great Lakes)
  • No. 15 Parker Van Buren (Opp, 6-9, Cross Plains, Wis., Loyola Chicago, Badger)
  • No. 16 Nyherowo Omene (MB, 6-7, South Holland, Ill., Princeton, Great Lakes)
  • No. 17 Austin Wilmot (MB, 6-10, Valley Village, Calif., Pepperdine, Southern California)
  • No. 20 Ethan Champlin (OH, 6-3, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
  • No. 21 Mason Briggs (L, 6-0, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State, Southern California)
  • No. 22 Kyle McCauley (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC San Diego, Southern California)
  • No. 24 Brett Wildman (OH, 6-5, Virginia Beach, Va., Penn State, Old Dominion)
  • No. 26 Merrick McHenry (MB, 6-7, Bedford, Texas, UCLA, North Texas)
  • No. 29 Cole Power (L, 5-11, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC Irvine, Southern California)
  • No. 31 Spencer Olivier (OH, 6-6, Tustin, Calif., Long Beach State Univ., Southern California)

Head Coach: Andy Read
Assistant Coaches: Ron Larsen, Rory Prager
Team Leader/Performance Analyst: AJ Ruttenberg
Athletic Trainer: Jackie Chan

NORCECA Pan American Cup Final Six Schedule

(All Times PDT)

  • Monday, July 11

    • Cuba def Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-22)
    • Canada def United States, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-21)
    • Puerto Rico def Mexico, 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 15-13)
  • Tuesday, July 12

    • Puerto Rico def Dominican Republic, 3-2 (25-20, 25-22, 32-34, 22-25, 15-12)
    • Cuba def United States, 3-2 (25-20, 28-26, 20-25, 23-25, 15-11)
    • Canada def Mexico, 3-1 (33-31, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21)
  • Wednesday, July 13

    • United States def Puerto Rico, 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 27-25)
    • Cuba def Canada, 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-21)
    • Mexico def Dominican Republic, 3-1 (21-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-21)
  • Thursday, July 14

    • Canada def Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-20)
    • Cuba def Puerto Rico, 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20)
    • United States def Mexico, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19)
  • Friday, July 15

    • 3 p.m. Puerto Rico v Canada
    • 5 p.m. United States v Dominican Republic
    • 7 p.m. Mexico v Cuba
  • Saturday, July 16

    • 3 p.m. Fifth v Sixth
    • 5 p.m. Second v Third
    • 7 p.m. First v Fourth
  • Sunday, July 17

    • 4 p.m. Bronze Medal
    • 6 p.m. Gold Medal
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Q: Where can I watch the Pan American Cup Final Six matches?
A: The matches are livestreamed on Tune in to catch all the excitement.

Q: Which teams have advanced to the Pan American Cup Final Six semifinals?
A: The top four teams, including the U.S. Men’s Team, have secured their place in the semifinals.

Q: When is the U.S. Men’s next round-robin match?
A: The U.S. Men’s next round-robin match is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. PT against the Dominican Republic.


In this electrifying match, the U.S. Men’s Team emerged victorious against Mexico in straight sets. With an impressive performance, the U.S. Men have secured their place in the top four teams, setting the stage for an exciting semifinal clash. Stay tuned for more thrilling volleyball action at the Pan American Cup Final Six and visit for live streaming and updates.