U.S. Men's Players Contribute to Russian Club's European Title

March 31, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 31, 2008) - The Russian club team Dinamo Tattransgaz KAZAN, which includes U.S. Men's National Team members Clay Stanley and Lloy Ball, won the 2007-2008 Indesit European Champions' League at Miejski Arena in Lodz, Poland on Sunday. Many U.S. national team players compete for international professional volleyball clubs when they are not playing for the United States.

Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai'i), an opposite, was named the Most Valuable Player of the final tournament. Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) plays setter for the team. Dinamo KAZAN defeated Poland's PGE Skra Belchatow in the semifinal , 3-2 (25-21, 25-16, 18-25, 20-25, 15-12) before beating Italy's Copra PIACENZA in the final, 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 18-25, 15-13). Stanley scored 21 points on 20 kills and one block in the semifinal match against Skra Belchatow. Ball scored five points on two kills, two blocks and one ace. Stanley scored 16 points in the final match against Sisley Treviso on 12 kills, three aces and one block. Ball scored three points on one kill and two blocks. It is the first European title for Dinamo KAZAN, which won the 2007 Russian Volleyball Super League Championship.

Visit the tournament web site at www.finalfour2008.pl/news/.

View Clay Stanley's Dinamo Tattransgaz KAZAN photo gallery at www.dinamottg.ru/eng/media/photo/'id_players=13.

View Lloy Ball's Dinamo Tattransgaz KAZAN photo gallery at www.dinamottg.ru/eng/media/photo/'id_players=9.

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