The offensive onslaught from Loyola opposite Parker Van Buren continues at the Pan American Cup.
Van Buren had a match-high 19 kills on a .514 attack percentage as the United States defeated Chile 25-14, 21-25, 25-12, 25-21 on Wednesday in Mexico to finish group-play undefeated.
Van Buren helped the United States secure the victory and a berth to the semifinals with eight kills on a perfect 1.000 attack percentage in the final game. The opposite also added one block during the team’s four-point fourth-game win.
This was the second consecutive match to open the tournament that Van Buren led the United States in kills and hit more than .400. The All-MIVA contributed 14 kills and had a .480 attack percentage in a sweep against Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
Van Buren did not commit an attack error in the final two games, and the United States ended the match with six errors – 15 fewer errors than Chile.
Former Ball State setter Quinn Isaacson guided the U.S. offense to out-hit Chile .495 to .170. The United States did not commit more than two errors in any game and had a match-best .563 attack percentage in the opening game.
Along with Van Buren, former UC San Diego outside attacker Kyle McCauley had 11 kills on a .450 attack percentage. Former Saint Francis middle attacker Mike Marshman contributed eight kills.
Former Sacred Heart and Alderson Broaddus libero Timothy McIntosh led the United States defensively with 13 digs.
Chilean outside attacker Vicente Parraguirre in the loss had a team-high 18 kills. Former Purdue Fort Wayne middle attacker Tomas Gago added four kills against the United States.