Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

U.S. Men on Mission for Pan Am Cup Victory

The U.S. Men’s National Team is gearing up for the Pan American Cup, a crucial tournament that will have a significant impact on their FIVB ranking and their chances of qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. With their eyes set on victory, the team is composed of fourteen talented players who are ready to showcase their skills on the international stage.

Team Selection and Ranking

The U.S. Men’s National Team has carefully selected fourteen players who will represent the country at the Pan American Cup in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. These players have proven their abilities, as the team currently holds the fifth rank in the world after an impressive performance in the 2022 Volleyball Nations League.

Experienced Players and New Additions

Seven players from the team that secured the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup Final Six in Mexico will return to compete in this prestigious tournament. Among them are setter Quinn Isaacson, outside hitters Kyle McCauley and Brett Wildman, middle blockers Merrick McHenry and Nyherowo Omene, opposite Francesco Sani, and libero Mason Briggs. They will be joined by setter and Team Captain James Shaw, outside hitters Kaleb Jenness and Jacob Pasteur, middle blockers Toby Ezeonu and Patrick Gasman, opposite Jake Hanes, and libero Gage Worsley.

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A Strong and Agile Team

U.S. Head Coach Andy Read is optimistic about the team’s chances in the tournament. He believes that they are a more athletic and physical team compared to previous years. With their exceptional serving and blocking abilities, they have the potential to dominate the court and secure a victory.

Group Stage

The U.S. Men’s National Team has been placed in Pool A alongside Chile, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. The team will face tough competition, but they are determined to give their best performance and secure a spot in the next stage of the tournament.

Full Roster and Schedule

To support the team and catch their exciting matches, here is the full roster of the U.S Men’s National Team for the Pan American Cup:

  • Kaleb Jenness (OH)
  • James Shaw (S)
  • Jacob Pasteur (OH)
  • Jake Hanes (Opp)
  • Francesco Sani (Opp)
  • Patrick Gasman (MB)
  • Quinn Isaacson (S)
  • Nyherowo Omene (MB)
  • Toby Ezeonu (MB)
  • Gage Worsley (L)
  • Mason Briggs (L)
  • Kyle McCauley (OH)
  • Brett Wildman (OH)
  • Merrick McHenry (MB)

The team is under the guidance of Head Coach Andy Read, with Assistant Coaches Ron Larsen and Rory Prager. The Team Leader/Performance Analyst is AJ Ruttenberg, and Benjamin Colletti serves as the Athletic Trainer.

Here is the schedule of the U.S. Men’s matches for the Pan American Cup (All Times Eastern Daylight):

  • Aug. 9: Dominican Republic vs USA at 11:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 10: USA vs Chile at 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 11: USA vs Cuba at 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 12: Quarterfinals at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Aug. 13: Classification matches at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. Semifinals
  • Aug. 14: Classification matches at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. Bronze and gold medal matches
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With such a talented roster and a strong focus on victory, the U.S. Men’s National Team is poised to make a mark at the Pan American Cup. Stay tuned for their thrilling performances, and don’t forget to support them every step of the way.