SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 9,
2021 – United States claimed the bronze medal at
the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after
defeating host Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-23,
19-25, 25-23, 25-15) on Thursday.
It is the first bronze medal for the American
team in the history of the competition after
winning five gold medals and two silvers. The
Dominicans lost their fourth match in a row
after winning the first three of the event.
Merrit McHenry topped the scoring for USA with
18 points, including a tournament-high 8 blocks.
Cole Gillis and Daniel Wetter followed with 14
and 12, respectively, while Grant Sloane and
Ethan Champlin chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Alexis Cruz and Henry Tapia carried the load of
the Dominican offense with 23 and 20 points,
Andy Read, coach of United States: “It was a
very competitive tournament. We were lucky to
bring good boys and being able to move all them
around in all the matches while playing
volleyball at a high level. I am glad about
taking home the bronze medal which is their
first at international level for some of my
players and that’s a great thing.”
José Mañon, coach of Dominican Republic: “It was
a good tournament. We are at their same level,
more or less. Our guys need to play more in
order to get more experience in difficult
situations and then we will be able to play at
the same level with those strong teams.”