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USA clinch fifth Pan American Cup title

USA captain Kawika Shoji receives the Men's Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo on Saturday

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 14, 2012 - The United States defeated Argentina in straight sets (29-27, 25-20, 25-21) to claim the gold medal and their fifth Men’s Pan American Cup title in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Saturday while the hosts picked up bronze and a place in the FIVB Volleyball World League Playoffs.

The South Americans had to settle for their second silver medal in the event.

USA’s Carson Clark was the highest scorer of the match with 19 points and his teammate Taylor Sander added 10. For Argentina, Gonzalo Quiroga and Mariano Giustiniano collected six points apiece.

Kawika Shoji, the winners’ captain, congratulated NORCECA and the hosts for organising a great event. “It was a great competition well organized and I am very glad about the result, especially with the performance of each one of our players, who did a great effort to get the gold,” he said.

Dominican Republic claimed their fourth medal in the history of the cup by clinching bronze with a thrilling 3-2 (28-26, 25-23, 21-25, 24-26,15-11) victory over Brazil in 2 hours and 14 minutes.

Once again, the Dominican captain Jose Miguel Caceres topped the offense with 27 points while Elvis Contreras (17) and Elnis Palomino (14) supported. For Brazil, the top scorers were Mauricio Borges (19), Gustavo Bonatto (16), Alan Ferreira Souza (13) and Otavio Rodríguez (11).

In the day's other matches:

Mexico claimed fifth place after outduelling Canada in a match of five sets (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13).

Daniel Vargas spearheaded the Mexican offense with 18 points, followed by Marco Macías (17) and Leonardo Manzo and Ismael Guerrero with 12 apiece. Canadian Dane Pischke was the top scorer in the match with 27 points and James Marshall added 15.

Venezuela clinched seventh place by outplaying Trinidad & Tobago in a five-set affair (27-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-27, 15-13).

Hector Salermo collected 17 points as top scorer of the winning side while Josher Contreras and Kevin Piñerúa added 16 and 15 respectively. The best scorer of the match was Trinidadian Marc Honore with 23 tallies, followed by Nolan Tash and Ryan Stewart each with 18 and Sean Morrison who finished with 11.

Final positions: 1. USA, 2. Argentina, 3. Dominican Republic (*), 4. Brazil, 5. Mexico, 6. Canada, 7. Venezuela, 8. Trinidad & Tobago.

(*) Qualified to FIVB World League Playoffs

Individual awards

MVP:   Taylor Sander USA
Best Scorer:  Jose Caceres DOM
Best Spiker:  Antonio Ciarelli USA
Best Blocker:  Marc Honore TRI
Best Server:  Elvis Contreras DOM
Best Setter:  Pedro Rangel MEX
Best Receiver:  Elvis Contreras DOM
Best Digger:  Dustin Walter USA
Best Libero:  Edwin Peguero DOM

Historical Results

Year  Gold  Silver  Bronze
2007  MEX  PUR  CUB
2008  USA  CAN  DOM
2009  USA  CAN  DOM
2010  USA  ARG  PUR
2011  BRA  USA  CAN
2012  USA  ARG  DOM



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