Former Gaucho star middle blocker Scott Slaughter was added to the U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Volleyball Team this past Friday, Oct. 21, shortly before their opening match that took place at 11 a.m. this morning, Oct. 24.
His selection to the national team paid immediate dividends, as Scott started the first three sets at middle blocker and turned in four kills in a winning effort against Puerto Rico to kick off the Pan-Am tourney.
Slaughter, an instrumental part of the Gaucho's national runners-up season, was a second-team All-MPSF selection in his senior year after leading the entire conference in hitting percentage at .499.
The US Men's team will play Canada tomorrow, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. and Brazil on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. to finish their pool play. Depending on how well pool play goes, the U.S. will play a qualifying match on either Oct. 27 or 28 with a potential Championship Match falling on Friday, Oct. 29.
In an odd bit of serendipity, the captain of the U.S. Men's team is Evan Patak, a UCSB legend who is still the all-time school leader in service aces with 110 and a two-time AVCA first team All-American.
Scott joins Gaucho alum Jeff Menzel and returning junior Dylan Davis in the international ranks, as all three have represented the red, white, and blue in international play over the past year. Menzel was selected to Team USA at the World University Games while Dylan Davis was a member of the USA Men's Junior National Team at the FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship Brazil.