Trio of Matadors Help United States Defend Pam Am Crown

July 6, 2009

NORCECA/Pan Am Cup website

Cal State Northridge men's volleyball was instrumental in the United States defending its 2008 Pan American Cup title as the U.S. defeated Canada in the championship match 32-30, 16-25, 24-26, 25-17, 15-12 in Chiapas, Mexico on June 20.

The Americans finished first in the seven-team tournament with a perfect 3-0 record after defeating the Canadians in the championship match. The U.S. swept the Dominican Republic in straight sets (31-29, 25-19, 25-20) on June 16 and then defeated the Dominicans (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) again on June 19 to advance to the final.

Kneubuhl, who played for the Matadors from 2005-08, started all three matches for the U.S. at libero and had a team-high four digs in the championship match. He also had six digs in the opening round win over the Dominican Republic.

Nielsen, a Matador from 2002-05, played in two of the three matches and had six points in the final. Nielsen started sets three and four for the U.S. against Canada.

Vance, who graduated in June after back-to-back All-America seasons, had five points in limited action in the three matches. He accounted for one point in the opening win over the Sominican Republic, had three points in the semifinals and started the fifth set against Canada and had one point.

Final Pan Am Standings: 1. USA, 2. Canada, 3. Dominican Republic, 4. Puerto Rico, 5. Mexico, 6. Guatemala, 7. Panama.