Host Poland Completes Sweep of U.S. Men

Aug. 13, 2006, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800       
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org 

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2006) – The U.S. Men’s National Team did serious damage to its hopes for advancing from pool play in the 2006 FIVB World League when it lost a second-straight match to Poland, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-23) on Sunday in Katowice, Poland at Spodek Hall.

The loss drops the U.S. Men’s record to 5-5. It had already lost two matches to Poland when the two teams played July 14-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Serbia & Montenegro leads Pool A at 7-3. Poland also has a 7-3 record, but sits in second due to the points differential. Japan, which has lost all its matches since an opening victory, is last at 1-9.

U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon tried to improve his team’s chances for a win after Saturday’s 3-2 (25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-17) loss by starting Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) at opposite. Poland started Grzegorz Szymanski at opposite in place of Mariusz Wlazly, who suffered from leg cramps on Saturday.

Nevertheless, the U.S. defense struggled to stop Poland’s attack. Team USA finally made a run in the third set and took a 12-10 lead, but Poland turned to Sebastian Swiderski to help it regain the edge and take the victory.

“Congratulations to the Polish team. They played two good matches. Today they were much better,” McCutcheon said. “I must say, I am a little bit disappointed that we did not play better. Now we are going to Serbia and hopefully we will win some matches there.”

Poland Head Coach Raul Lozano complimented his team’s maturity.

“We played well and we were very efficient in attack. Our digging was also impressive,” Lozano said. “In harder moments of today’s match, we were very calm. That proves that we are much more mature than some months ago.

“What is also important, we played with the fifth team in the world.”

The U.S. Men’s Team must now travel to Serbia to play its final two World League pool-play matches on Aug. 18-19. The United States split two matches with Serbia & Montenegro when they played on Aug. 4-5 in Spokane, Wash.

For more U.S. World League information, go to http://www.usavolleyball.org/National/06worldLeague.asp.

The FIVB World League web site is http://www.fivb.org/EN/Volleyball/Competitions/WorldLeague/2006/.

2006 FIVB World League Standings as of Aug. 13, 2006

Pool A
Serbia & Montenegro 7-3
Poland 7-3
USA 5-5
Japan 1-9

Pool B
Brazil 10-0
Argentina 6-4
Finland 3-7
Portugal 1-9

Pool C
Russia 8-2
France 7-3
Italy 5-5
China 0-10

Pool D
Cuba 8-2
Bulgaria 8-2
Korea 4-6
Egypt 0-10

U.S. Roster
USA at Poland
Aug. 12-13, 2006
Katowice, Poland
(Twelve-man rosters can be updated between World League weekends)

2 Pieter Olree (OH, Reading, Pa.)
3 Jim Polster (OH, Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, Tustin, Calif.)
6 Phil Eatherton (MB, Glencoe, Mo.)
7 Donald Suxho (S, Korce, Albania)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, Richmond, Va.)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, Palmdale, Calif.)
12 Tom Hoff (MB, State Park Ridge, Ill.)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, Honolulu, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, Newport Beach, Calif.)
15 Gabe Gardner (OH, San Clemente, Calif.)
16 Dave McKienzie (OPP, Littleton, Colo.)

U.S. World League Schedule

Date: July 14-15
Opponent: Poland
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah - The "E" Center
Match 1: Poland defeats USA 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23)
Match 2: Poland defeats USA 3-1 (26-24, 25-13, 20-25, 25-22)

Date: July 22-23
Opponent: Japan
Location: Hiroshima Green Arena
Match 1: USA defeats Japan 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17)
Match 2: USA defeats Japan 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-18)

Date: July 29-30
Opponent: Japan
Location: Minneapolis, Minn. - Target Center
Match 1: USA defeats Japan 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-18)
Match 2: USA defeats Japan 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15)

Date: Aug. 4-5
Opponent: Serbia & Montenegro
Location: Spokane, Wash. - Spokane Memorial Arena
Match 1: Serbia & Montenegro defeats USA (13-25, 36-34, 25-22, 25-17)
Match 2: USA defeats Serbia & Montenegro (27-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21)

Date: Aug. 12-13
Opponent: Poland
Location: Katowice - Spodek
Match 1: Poland def. USA (17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 17-15)
Match 2: Poland def. USA *25-22, 25-19, 25-23)

Date: Aug. 18-19
Opponent: Serbia & Montenegro
Location: Beograd - Hall Pionir

World League Final
Date: Aug. 23-27
Location: Russia

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