U.S. Men's Update and Notes: McCutcheon Visits China

March 26, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 26, 2008) - U.S. Men's Head Volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon recently spent five days in Beijing as part of a U.S. Olympic Committee delegation to check out the venues and find out what life will be like at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

"I think the facilities are almost all completed. It all seems very impressive," said McCutcheon, who last visited the city in 2005. "We looked at venues and the athlete village. It also gave us a chance to meet with the USOC and finalize logistics with them."

Volleyball will be played in both the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium and the Capital Indoor Stadium.

"Both volleyball stadiums will be nice places to play," McCutcheon said.

For more, visit the official web site of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at http://en.beijing2008.cn/.

Overseas Update: The Montenegrin volleyball club Budvanska Rivijera Budva, which features U.S. libero Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.), defeated the Russian club of Fakel Novy Urengoi, which includes U.S. middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.), to take third place in the CEV Cup on March 24 in Rome. The final score was 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 29-27. Roma Volley of Italy defeated Belgium's Noliko Maaseik to win the CEV Cup. I

n the Challenge Cup final four, played in Rzeszow, Poland, France's Stade Poitevin Poitiers, which includes U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), defeated Poland's Asseco Resovia SSA Rzeszow (27-25, 25-21, 38-36) for third place. In the final, Italy's Pallavolo Modena beat Lokomotiv-Izumrud Ekaterinburg from Russia. Dinamo-Tattransgaz Kazan, the Russian League team that U.S. Men's Team members Lloy Ball (Woodburn, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai'i) both play for, will play Poland's PGE Skra Belchatow in the semifinals of the Indesit European Champions League. The final rounds will be played in Belchatow, Poland on March 29-30. The winner of that match will play the winner of the match between two Italian teams: Copra Piacenza and Sisley Treviso.

World League Tickets: Tickets for the FIVB World League are now on sale for matches in all three U.S. cities. The U.S. World League matches will be the last opportunity to see Team USA live before it leaves for Beijing. Tickets are on sale now for the U.S. Men's matches against Bulgaria at 7 p.m. (both nights) on June 20-21 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets can be purchased at the Sears Centre Arena Box Office, online at www.searscentre.com or by calling the Sears Centre Arena Box Office at (888) SEARSTIX. Tickets can be purchased for the United States' matches against Spain at 7 p.m. (both nights) on July 11-12 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill. Tickets can be purchased at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by phone at (866) 891-9992 or online at www.uscellularcoliseum.com. Finally, tickets can be purchased for Team USA's matches against Finland at 7 p.m. (both nights) on June 27-28 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. Tickets are available at Oneida Casino Ticketstar-www.ticketstaronline.com-or by calling (800) 895-0071. The USA Volleyball World League web site is www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL.asp.