Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Marymount University men’s volleyball head coach Shawn Patchell recently coached members of the U.S. Men’s National Team to a gold medal at the Pan American Cup on July 14. The U.S. Men defeated Argentina 3-0 (29-27, 25-20, 25-11) to claim the gold.
Comprised of a young, core group of players with several on pace to be on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, the U.S. Men went an undefeated 5-0 in the draw and won the gold for the fifth time since the tournament started in 2006.
Sweeping through Pool B action, the U.S. Men topped Venezuela 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-12) and Mexico 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-18) before defeating Brazil 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22). They went on the take down the host Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 15-12) in a five set thriller before claiming the gold against Argentina a day later.
Marymount announced the addition of men’s volleyball in January and will field a team beginning with the 2014 season.