Volleyball Coaches Start Summer Strong
Head coach Tom Black and Team USA recently earned a silver medal at the 29th Annual Montreux Volley Masters tournament.
June 4, 2014
LMU head coach Tom Black and sand volunteer assistant coach John Mayer each got off to great starts this summer in their respective endeavors, as Black helped guide Team USA to a silver medal at the 29th Annual Montreux Volley Masters tournament and Mayer won the first event of the AVP 2014 in St. Petersburg.
Team USA, ranked second in the world, lost to No. 9 Germany 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21 in the title match of the prestigious event on Sunday afternoon in Montreux, Switzerland. The Americans, who searching for their first gold medal at the event, took silver for the fourth time overall (2010, 2004 and 1991).
Team USA's next competition will be the Pan American Cup June 11-19 in Mexico. The Americans are in Pool B with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Later this summer Team USA hosts Brazil in a four-match USA Volleyball Cup series with matches at UC Irvine (July 5), University of Southern California (July 6) and University of Hawaii (July 11-12). For USA Volleyball Cup ticket information, visit usavolleyballcup.com.
Mayer, teamed with Brad Keenan, earned a three-set victory over Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson by scores of 16-21, 21-19, 18-16 on Sunday in St. Petersburg. On the women's side, Kerri Walsh Jennings/April Ross and Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat battled through a grueling match that ultimately saw Walsh and Ross end up on top winning 19-21, 21-15, 15-11.
Mayer made his AVP debut in 2003 at Hermosa Beach. In 2009, Mayer with partner Jeff Nygaard won the AVP Open at San Diego and was also named the Most Improved Player. In 2013, Mayer finished top-10 in all six events he entered into.
The 2014 AVP Tour continues on July 3 when the players head to Milwaukee, Wis.