Penn State, UCLA, UCSB players pick up top honors at Pan Am Cup

The U21 Pan American Cup concluded with three U.S. players earning some of the tournament’s top individual awards.

UCLA libero Garland Peed, Penn State outside attacker Brett Wildman and UC Santa Barbara outside attacker Ryan Wilcox were all selected for honors at the international tournament during the weekend.

Peed received the Best Libero award after finishing second at the Pan American Cup with 70 digs and was in the tournament’s top five averaging 2.80 digs per game. In addition, Peed had more than 15 digs in three consecutive matches to help the United States earn a fifth-place finish.

Wildman was named the Best Scorer as he finished with a tournament-best 97 points and was the only player at the Pan American Cup to have double-digit kills, blocks and aces. He also concluded the event having at least 10 kills in three straight matches, including a tournament-high 20 kills in a quarterfinals loss to Chile.

Along with Peed and Wildman, Wilcox was selected as the Best Receiver. Wilcox had five reception errors on 122 serves and ended the tournament leading all players with a 44.26 percent excellent reception efficiency.

The United States despite suffering a five-game loss in the quarterfinals to be eliminated from medal contention finished the tournament with comeback victories against Peru and the Dominican Republic to finish in fifth place.