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USA opens Men’s Pan Am Cup campaign with 3-1 victory over Mexico

 

GATINEAU, Canada, July 25, 2017 - The United States played to a winning debut at the 12th Men’s Pan American Cup with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-18) victory over Mexico at Gatineau’s Robert Guertin Arena in Canada’s capital region.

 

The most successful team in the history event -five titles and two silver medals- is looking for their first continental crown in five years.

 

Jake Langois led the output for the US team with 18 points, one more than Stahl. Jorge Barajas and Ridl Garay each contributed with 12 points for Mexico.

 

Jorge Azair, Mexico’s head coach: “We have to work harder to control teams like this one (USA). We could not control our reception and that’s where our chances slipped away. I am happy for the young players who had this opportunity like Perales, Garay and (Miguel) Chavez, who joined the senior team. I liked how they performed. We are just starting and we have other important games ahead of us. We just have to reset and prepare for the next game”.

 

Robert Neilson, USA head coach: “Mexico played very well, they worked hard. We tried to find some rhythm from the service line, and when we did that we were very tough. I’m proud of our team and the way they represent the U.S.”

 

Jonah Seif, captain of USA: “It was great to get out there and get that first win. I think there was a little bit of nerves before the first match of the tournament. I thought we came out and played well as a team. Mexico is an experienced group so we knew that they weren’t going to give up. We won the game with our serving, blocking and passing. It was a great first match and we hope to keep the momentum going.”