Nothing new for Penn State outside attacker Brett Wildman in the final U.S. match at the U21 Pan American — just another big offensive performance
Wildman finished with a match-high 16 kills on 45.71 percent offensive efficiency as the United States defeated the Dominican Republic 25-17, 25-14, 20-25, 24-26, 15-12 in the fifth-place finals on Saturday in Peru.
This was the third consecutive match that Wildman led the United States in kills. In addition, Wildman had three of the team’s tournament-high 11 aces in the victory.
The United States had a higher offensive efficiency than the Dominican Republic at 41.13 percent to 31.40 percent.
Along with Wildman, UC Santa Barbara outside attacker Ryan Wilcox contributed 11 kills and a team-high four blocks. Penn State middle attacker Canyon Truman also had nine kills and zero attack errors on a .563 attack percentage.
UCLA libero Garland Peed defensively led all players with both 17 digs and 18 excellent service receptions. This was the third consecutive match that Peed finished with more than 15 digs.
The United States defeated the Dominican Republic twice at the Pan American Cup. In the pool-play round, the United States swept the Dominican Republic to clinch a quarterfinals berth.
Dominican Republic outside attacker Bayron Valdez Pena in the tournament-ending loss finished with a tournament-high 16 kills.