4 college players make U.S. preliminary roster for Pan Am Cup

Four current college men’s volleyball players, including two All-Americans, have a chance to represent the United States at an upcoming international tournament.

USA Volleyball announced Wednesday that BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander, Pepperdine outside attacker Josh Taylor, UC Irvine libero Michael Brinkley and Long Beach State setter Connor Olbright were among the 18 players included on the U.S. preliminary roster for the Pan American Cup tournament.
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USA defeats Canada, ends Pan Am Games in 5th place

For the second consecutive day, the United States won a match in five games and finished the Pan American Games outside of the bottom three.

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team overcame two match points to defeat Canada 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 19-17 on Saturday in Guadalajara, Mexico to end the international tournament in fifth place.

Outside attacker Evan Patak, the lone member of the U.S. Men’s National Team to participate in the eight-team tournament, had a team-high 19 kills in the victory.
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Argentina knocks USA out of medal contention at Pan Am Games

Add another four years United States’ gold medal drought at the Pan American Games.

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games lost to Argentina 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-11 in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Guadalajara, Mexico, to be eliminated from medal contention at the international tournament.

The United States has not won a Pan American Games gold medal in men’s volleyball since 1988. It is also the first time since 1999 that the United States will not advance to at least the tournament’s semifinals.
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Pan Am Games volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Argentina

The United States is two wins away from finishing on the medal podium at the Pan American Games.

After advancing out of group-play, the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team will play Argentina in the quarterfinals of the international tournament on Thursday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The winners of the United States-Argentina and Puerto Rico-Mexico quarterfinal matches will advance to play Brazil or Cuba in the semifinals on Friday.
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Brazil’s big block stuffs USA upset bid at Pan Am Games

The United States playing on national television was unable to complete could have been one of the biggest upsets of the Pan American Games.

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team lost to first-place Brazil 18-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 on Wednesday in Guadalajara, Mexico to finish group-play in third place.

The United States (1-2, 1-2 Group B, 6 pts.) entered its group-play finale, which aired live on ESPN2, having already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the international tournament earlier in the day. However, it had a chance to win the group if it swept Brazil (3-0, 3-0 Group B, 14 pts.) or finish in second place if it extended the Brazil match to a fifth game.
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Puerto Rico sweep of Canada gives USA quarterfinals berth

Less than six hours before its group-play finale, the United States has clinched a spot in the Pan American Games quarterfinals thanks to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico swept Canada 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 on Wednesday afternoon, which secured the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team a top-three finish in Group B and a quarterfinals berth.

The United States (1-1, 1-1 Group B, 5 pts.) entered the final day of the three-match group-play round in second place in its four-team group after losing to Canada on Tuesday.
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Pan Am Games volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Brazil

A nationally televised audience will be able to see if the United States can clinch a spot in the Pan American Games quarterfinals on the final day of group-play.

With the match airing live on ESPN2, the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team will play first-place Brazil in its group-play finale at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. EST) on Wednesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The United States is in second place in the four-team Group B. The first-place team in each group will receive a bye to the semifinals, while the second and third place teams will compete in the quarterfinals.
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USA to wait on quarterfinals berth, drops marathon match to Canada

A match that featured two overtimes and took almost three hours to complete has now pushed the United States closer towards the brink of elimination from the Pan American Games.

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team lost to Canada 21-25, 25-23, 37-39, 35-33, 15-12 on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico and failed to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals entering the final day of group play.

With this loss, the United States (1-1, 1-1 Group B, 5 points) remains in second place in Group B and is still likely to clinch a quarterfinals berth. However, it will have to defeat first-place Brazil in its group-play finale or get some help to be assured a spot in the quarterfinals.
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Pan Am Games volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Canada

One day after rallying to win its group-play opener, the United States has a chance Tuesday to clinch a spot in the Pan American Games quarterfinals.

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team will continue group play at the international tournament with a match against Canada on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The United States enters the second of its three group-play matches in second place in Group B. The first-place team in each of the two groups will receive a bye into the semifinals, while the second and third place teams will compete in the quarterfinals.
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Patak, Ciarelli rally US in Pan Am Games opener vs. Puerto Rico

It wasn’t pretty at times, but the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Pan American Games Team survived an upset scare in its group-play opener.

The United States rallied from A 2-1 deficit to win the final two games and defeat Puerto Rico 22-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13 on Monday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The United States (1-0, 1-0 Group B) in the decisive fifth game trailed 12-9 before going on a 6-1 run to close out the match.
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