B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2008) - Just in time for Christmas, there is a new book by U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.), the four-time Olympian who won his first Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
"The Biggest Mistake I Never Made" covers topics such as Ball playing professionally in Europe, what it was like to be an American living overseas on 9/11, his various tattoos, playing for his father (IPFW's Arnie Ball), his expressiveness on the court and the march to the 2008 gold medal.
The title refers to people who are never shy about saying to Ball’s face they think he made a mistake by not playing basketball for Bobby Knight at Indiana University.
The book costs $17.50 and is available from www.Authorhouse.com. It will soon be available in bookstores. For more information, contact co-author Blake Sebring of the Fort Wayne News Sentinel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIVB World League
The FIVB has awarded the 2009 World League Final Round to Serbia.
The Final Round is set to take place July 22-26 at Belgrade Arena in Serbia’s capital city. Belgrade Arena also hosted the 2005 World League Final Round.
Serbia beat out the United States and China to host the final round, which will be contested by the host team, the four top-ranked teams from pool play and a wild card chosen by the FIVB.
The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team won the 2008 World League, which has an overall prize purse of more than $20 million.
Add libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) to the list of U.S. players in the Russian Super League. Lambourne has signed to play for Lokomotiv Belogorie, which is in seventh place in the standings for the Russian Championship. He will replace injured Brazilian libero Alan Domingos.
Lambourne has also played professionally in Austria, Netherlands, Belgium and, the last two years, in Poland. He was named Best Libero of the last two FIVB World League tournaments.
In Super League play on Dec. 6, visiting Lokomotiv Belogorie fell to Fakel Novy Urengoi, the team of U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), 0-3 (19-25, 16-25, 23-25). Hansen scored two points on one kill and one block. Rooney did not play due to injury. Fakel Novy Urengoi is in third place in the league with a record of 9-2.
View a photo gallery at www.fakelvolley.ru/photo2_20082009/l27_ph.htm.
Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) led Zenit Kazan with 19 points on 12 kills, three blocks and four aces and his teammate, setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.), had four points on three kills and one block as visiting Kazan defeated Yaroslavich Yaroslavl, 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20) on Dec. 6. Kazan is in fourth place in the league with a 7-4 record.
In the third leg of the CEV Indesit Champions League, visiting Kazan fell to Italy’s Copra Nord Meccanica Piacenza, 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 22-25) on Dec. 10. Stanley scored 20 points in the match and Ball had two. Kazan is now 2-1 in the Champions League. Kazan defeated Piacenza nine months ago in the final match of the CEV Indesit Champions League.
View photo albums at www.zenit-kazan.com/rus/media/photo/.
Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) scored 19 points for Ural Ufa as it defeated Metalloinvest Stary Oskol, 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19), in a Russian league match on Dec. 7. Gardner scored on 16 kills, two blocks and one ace. Ural Ufa is in fifth place in the league with a 7-4 record.
It was a rough week for outside hitter Reid Priddy’s team Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, which lost two more matches.
On Dec. 6, visiting Novosibirsk fell to Gazprom-Yugra, 1-3 (23-25, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25). Priddy (Richmond, Va.) had 13 points on nine kills, one block and three aces. Novosibirsk is in sixth place in the Russian league.
Then, in a CEV Cup match on Dec. 10, visiting Novosibirsk lost to Montenegro’s Buducnost Podgorica, 0-3 (23-25, 23-25, 23-25). The two teams will play again on Dec. 18 in Novosibirsk.
View photo albums at www.lokovolley.ru/photo/.
On Dec. 13, Gardner and Ural Ufa will meet Hansen, Rooney and Fakel Novy Urengoi in the only Russian league match that pits U.S. players against each other.
Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.), outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and their Turkish team Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye moved into second place in the Turkish league with a 7-2 record after defeating Bozkurt Belediye, 3-0 (25-11, 25-23, 25-17) on Dec. 6.
Touzinsky led his team with 12 points on eight kills, three blocks and one ace. Millar added 11 points on seven kills, three blocks and one ace.
It has been a busy week for opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his Turkish league team Fenerbahçe. On Dec. 6, Billings scored 22 points as Fenerbahçe defeated Belediye Plevne, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23). Billings had 19 kills and three blocks. With the victory, Fenerbahçe pulled into a tie with Belediye Plevne for fifth place in the league with a 5-4 record.
On Dec. 10, Fenerbahçe fell to Greece’s Iraklis Thessaloniki, 1-3 (21-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-27) in the CEV Indesit Champions League.
Middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) was credited with 4.5 points on four kills and 0.5 blocks as his Greek team, Olympiacos Piraeus, defeated AO Kifisias, 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-23) on Dec. 6. Olympiacos is in fourth place in the Hellenic league with a 4-2 record.
In CEV Cup play, Olympiacos defeated Austria’s visiting Hypo Tirol Innsbruck, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) on Dec. 9. Hoff was credited with 6.5 points. The two teams will play again on Dec. 16 in Austria.
In other Hellenic League matches, PAOK, which includes Americans Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Theodore Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) fell to league leading and undefeated (9-0) Panathinaikos, 0-3 (16-25, 20-25, 18-25). Brunner had seven points on six kills and one block. Lotman scored six points on six kills.
PAOK sits in ninth place in the league with a 3-6 record.
Matt Denmark (Edmund, Okla.) and his team AO Finikas Sirou fell to Aons Milon, 1-3 (21-25, 25-21, 31-29, 25-23). Denmark was credited with 12.17 points on nine kills and 3.17 blocks. AO Finikas Sirou is in eighth place in the league with a 4-5 record.
Finally, outside hitter Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) scored four points on two kills and two aces as his Greek team, MGS Apollon Kalamarias fell to EA Patron Lux, 0-3 (17-25, 23-25, 18-25). MGS Apollon Kalamarias is in 10th place in the league with a 2-7 record.
David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) started the final two sets and scored two points on two kills as his Italian Serie A1 League team Trenkwalder Modena outlasted visiting Lube Banca Marche Macerata, the second-place team in the league, 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 18-25, 18-16) on Dec. 6.
Modena improved to 4-7 and is in 12th place in the league.
Middle European Volleyball
In the CEV Indesit Champions League, Austria’s aon Hotvolleys, featuring U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) fell to Italy’s host Trentino Volley, 0-3 (18-25, 17-25, 17-25) on Dec. 10. Patak had 12 points.
The Slovenian team ACH Volley Bled won its second home match against France’s Beauvais Oise in the CEV Indesit Champions League, 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-15) on Dec. 10. U.S. middle blocker Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.), who has been struggling with an injury, scored 11 points on five kills, three blocks and three aces.
U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and his French team Tourcoing defeated host Narbonne, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-17) on Dec. 6. Winder played in all four sets but did not score.