U.S. Men Beat Germany; Win Four Nations Tournament

May 13, 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. (May 13, 2008) - The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team defeated Germany 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-20) on Tuesday and, in doing so, won the Four Nations Tournament in Leipzig, Germany. Although the United States and Germany both finished the tournament with records of 2-1, the U.S. Men lost only four sets along the way while Germany lost five. In Tuesday's other match, Czech Republic defeated China, 27-25, 26-28, 25-21, 25-22. China still finished third with a 1-2 record since it lost six sets while Czech Republic lost seven.

Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) led the U.S. Men on Tuesday with 16 points on a match-high 14 kills and two blocks. Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) added 10 points on eight kills, one ace and one block and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) scored 10 points all on kills. Phil Eatherton (Glencoe, Mo.) scored seven points on three kills and a match-high four blocks. Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.) scored six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace. Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) scored three two points on two kills. The team's hitting percentage was 57 percent and it converted 54 percent of its kill attempts. Germany's hitting percentage was 32 percent as it converted 43 percent of its kill attempts.

U.S. Men's Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Touzinsky and Rooney at outside hitter, Eatherton and Thomas at middle blocker, Gardner at opposite and Suxho at setter with Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) playing libero. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) was used as a serving substitute in the first two sets. Marcus Popp led Germany with 14 points on 13 kills and one block.

The U.S. Men will play an exhibition match against Germany on May 15 in Chemnitz, Germany. The German team will host an Olympic qualifying tournament on May 23-25 in Dusseldorf.

Germany came out strong in the first set on Tuesday, taking an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout and increasing it to 13-8. The U.S. Men responded with a 6-1 run, including two kills from Rooney and one each from Gardner, Touzinsky and Eatherton, along with an ace from Thomas, to tie the score at 14-14. Germany scored twice more to take a 16-14 lead and held a one- or two-point advantage until it led 20-18. Team USA won the next three points on kills from Gardner and Thomas and a block by Eatherton to take a 21-20 lead. Germany tied it at 21-21, but the United States scored the next four points on a kill and a block by Rooney and two German attack errors. Team USA held a slim 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout of the second set and later trailed at 10-11. But the U.S. Men scored four straight points on a Touzinsky kill and three German errors to take a 14-11 lead. The U.S. Men held the lead until Germany tied the score at 19-19. The teams traded points until it was tied at 22-22. A German serving error and a Rooney block put the U.S. Men up 24-22. Germany scored once more before Rooney put the set away with a kill. Team USA never trailed in the third set, although Germany kept the score close. The United States led 8-6 at the first technical timeout and 16-11 at the second. After the second technical timeout, Germany went on a 4-1 run to pull to within two points at 17-15, but a Rooney kill put Team USA back up by three. Germany scored two more points to pull to within one at 19-18, but the U.S. Men put the match out of reach at 23-18 on a kill and block from Touzinsky, a block from Thomas and a German attack error. Suxho scored the final point with a kill.

UPCOMING U.S. EVENTS: The U.S. Men will be playing the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball against Argentina at 7 p.m. on May 27 at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. Go to www.usavolleyball.org/National/2008_MNTOlympicExhibition.asp for more information

Tickets for the FIVB World League matches in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 20-21 vs. Bulgaria), Green Bay, Wis. (June 27-28 vs. Finland) and Bloomington, Ill. (July 11-12 vs. Spain) are now on sale. To purchase tickets, go to the USA Volleyball World League site at www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL.asp.

U.S. Men's Team Roster
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
4 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Phil Eatherton (MB, 6-9, Glencoe, Mo., Ball State)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC bv)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
11 Brook Billings (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., USC)
12 Andrew Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Gabe Gardner (Opp, 6-9, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
17 Delano Thomas (MB, 6-7, Sacramento, Calif., Hawai'i)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Team Manager: Russell Rose
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison
Medical Support: Aaron Brock

Four Nations Tournament Results
1. USA - 5 points-6-4 sets
2. GER - 5 points-6-5 sets
3. CHN - 4 points-5-6 sets
4. CZE - 4 points-5-7 sets

May 11
USA def. Czech Republic, 20-25, 25-20, 26-24, 26-24
Germany def. China, 33-31, 26-28, 25-22, 25-19

May 12
China def. USA, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21
Germany def. Czech Republic, 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22

May 13
Czech Republic def. China, 27-25, 26-28, 25-21, 25-22
USA def. Germany, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20