PRESS RELEASE 12/10/2009

USA defeated Mexico in straight sets

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico, October 12, 2009 – Three-time defending champions USA recorded a 25-15, 28-26, 25-16 victory over Mexico in the first match of Pool B of NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum.

The Americans outscored their opponents 11-5 in blocks and 12-4 in the ace services category.

Evan Patak led the winners with 16 points including four aces, Sean Rooney compiled 11 points with four blocks and Paul Lotman scored six aces en route to 11 tallies. Thomas Hoff contributed 9 points, including three blocks. The only Mexican in double-figures was Leonardo Manzo with 14 points.

“I am very proud of the way my players kept their composure in the second set when Mexico put a lot of pressure on us,” said Alan Knipe, the U.S. Coach. “Obviously we need to clean up some things to reach the level we want to play.”

“We gave away some points late in the second set but that has to do with the lack of maturity of our young players,” said Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach. “We had some difficulties with the reception that prevented the win but that’s part of the lack of experience.”

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