U.S. Men Defeat Venezuela Despite Missing McCutcheon

Aug. 10, 2008, 7:39 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
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BEIJING (Aug. 10, 2008) – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Indoor Team defeated Venezuela, 25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 15-10, Sunday afternoon to open its 2008 Olympic Games campaign at Capital Indoor Stadium, less than 24 hours after learning the father-in-law of its head coach was tragically killed while sightseeing in Beijing.

Clay Stanley (Honolulu) produced a match-high 22 points with 21 kills and a block. Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) totaled 17 points with 12 kills, three blocks and two aces. David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) contributed 14 points via eight kills, match-high five blocks and an ace. Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) added nine kills, three blocks and an ace for 13 points. Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) charted six kills and an ace, while Lloy Ball (Woodburn, Ind.) rounded out the scoring with three blocks, an ace and block to go with 23 assists.

Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) provided nine digs on defense and 33 excellent service receptions on 38 attempts for an 86.84 success percent. Priddy was successful on 16 of 17 reception attempts without an error. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) came off the bench to provide 10 assists.

The U.S. started Ball at setter, Priddy and Salmon at outside hitter, Millar and Lee at middle blocker and Stanley at opposite. Captain Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) substituted into the match in the second, third and fifth sets, while Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) came off the bench in all but the first set. Hansen started the fourth set after subbing in the second and third sets.

Ernardo Gomez led Venezuela with 17 points, while Luis Diaz added 15 points.

The U.S. converted 41.8 percent of its attacks, while Venezuela converted just 27.7 percent of its attacks. Team USA finished with a 15-7 block advantage for the match, in addition to a 6-5 ace lead. Venezuela held a 35-30 dig advantage and received serve with an 86.21 excellent percent to the Americans’ 84.4 percent.

U.S. Olympic Men’s Indoor Volleyball Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon’s father-in-law Todd Bachman is killed by a lone assailant in Beijing Saturday afternoon. Also injured in the attack was Bachman’s wife Barbara. McCutcheon’s wife Elisabeth, a 2004 Olympian with the U.S. Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team, was present during the attack.

Ron Larsen served as the interim head coach for the match in place of McCutcheon.

"It had a lot of ebbs and flows,” Larsen said of the match. “Early on, we were playing at a fairly good level. They had difficulty returning the serve. We knew Venezuela was a very physical team. We knew they played with a certain emotion."

Prior to the match, the team huddled for a moment of silence in honor of the Bachman and McCutcheon families.

"We wanted to have a moment of silence to gather our thoughts,” said Hoff, the team’s captain.

Stanley scored three consecutive points in the opening set on kills to regain a 13-11 advantage and Team USA extended the lead to five at 19-14 with a Ball block and Stanley kill around two Venezuela errors. Lee capped a 4-1 run at 23-16 with consecutive kills, while Priddy ended the set at 25-19 with a kill and ace.

As part of a 4-0 run in the second set, Priddy put up consecutive blocks followed by a Millar block at 9-4. Stanley extended the lead to eight points with consecutive kills at 22-14. After Venezuela scored consecutive points, the U.S. concluded the set at 25-18 on a Priddy kill and Ball block.

The U.S. started out the third set with a 10-6 lead after two Millar kills around a Venezuelan error. However, Venezuela battled back to tie the set at 13-all. Venezuela overcame a 19-17 deficit to take a 21-20 lead around a 4-1 run and went on to win 25-22.

Hansen started the fourth set in place of Ball and the early stages witnessed 10 ties through 11-all before the U.S. staged a 3-0 run on points from Salmon, Millar and Priddy to the lead to 14-11. Venezuela bounced back to tie the set at 15-all before taking the lead at 19-18. Venezuela went on to win the set 25-21 by scoring six of the final nine points.

Venezuela continued the momentum in the fifth set by taking an early 4-2 lead. The U.S. came back with four unanswered points capped by a Priddy block at 6-4. Venezuela scored consecutive points to knot the score at 6-all. Lee put up a block at 10-7 as the U.S. scored three of the next four points. Team USA pushed its lead to four at 12-8 after a Stanley kill and Venezuela error. Stanley capped the match with a kill at 15-10.

No. Name (Pos., Height, Age., Hometown, College)

1 Lloy Ball (S, 6-8, 36, Woodburn, Ind., IPFW)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, 25, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-8, 26, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, 33, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, 30, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, 30, Palmdale, Calif., BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, 32, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 C Tom Hoff (MB, 6-8, 35, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, 30, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, 26, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Gabe Gardner (OPP, 6-9, 32, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, 26, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Team Leader: Rob Browning
Interim Head Coach: Ron Larsen
Second Assistant Coach: John Speraw
Consultant Coach: Marv Dunphy
Technical Consultant: Jamie Morrison
Scout: Carl McGown
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock

Schedule and Results
Aug. 10: USA def. Venezuela, 3-2 (25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 15-10)
Aug. 12 vs. Italy, 12:30 p.m., Capital Indoor Stadium
Aug. 14 vs. Bulgaria, 10 p.m., Capital Indoor Stadium
Aug. 16 vs. China, 10 a.m., Beijing Institute of Technology
Aug. 18 vs. Japan, 10 p.m., Capital Indoor Stadium
Aug. 20 Quarterfinals
Aug. 22 Semifinals
Aug. 24 Gold and Bronze medal matches