Power Surge: Wildman dominant in U.S. sweep of Mexico at Pan Am Cup Final Six

Photo courtesy of the FIVB and NORCECA

The arena’s power grid was the only thing that could slow down Penn State outside attacker Brett Wildman.

Wildman in a match that featured a power outage delay led all players with 11 kills and zero errors on a .524 attack percentage as the United States swept Mexico 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 at the NORCECA Pan American Cup Final Six on Thursday in Mexico.

The United States out-hit Mexico .418 to .222 and had four players finish with at least five kills and a .400 attack percentage.


Along with Wildman, Princeton middle attacker Nyerovwome Omene contributed seven kills and hit .600. UCLA middle attacker Merrick McHenry had six kills and zero errors on a team-best .857 attack percentage, while UC Irvine opposite Francesco Sani added five kills and hit .400.

Wildman also led the United States defensively with 16 excellent service receptions and a perfect 100 percent excellent reception rate.

Mexico opposite Diego Gonzalez in the loss had a team-high 10 kills but was limited to less than a .250 attack percentage.

The United States after starting round-robin play with two straight losses has now won back-to-back matches. In addition, the team is in third place in the tournament standings entering its round-robin finale Friday against last place Dominican Republic.

The top-four teams at the end of round-robin play will advance to the semifinals.