U.S. Men's National Team Update for Nov. 6, 2008
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2008) – Members of the U.S. Men’s National Team continue to play in leagues overseas and are even playing each other.
In the Russian “superleague,” outside hitter Reid Priddy’s Lokomitiv Novosibirsk went up against Lloy Ball, Clay Stanley and their team, Zenit Kazan, on Saturday in Kazan and lost 0-3 (21-25, 21-25, 18-25).
Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i), at opposite, led Kazan with 15 points on 10 kills, three aces and two blocks. Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) who is the team captain at setter chipped in three points on two aces and one block.
Priddy (Richmond, Va.) had eight points for Novosibirsk on seven kills and one block.
Kazan is now third in the Russian league with a 4-2 record. On Thursday, it defeated Netherlands’ Piet Zoomers 3-0 to open play in the CEV Indesit Champions League. It will visit Russian league opponent Lokomotiv-Belogorie on Saturday (Nov. 8).
Novosibirsk, which is in seventh place in the Russian league with a 2-4 record, went on to defeat Spain’s Arona Tenerife Sur in the first round of the CEV Cup on Wednesday, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23). It will play Metallinvest Stariy Oskol in its next Russian league match on Nov. 8.
Fakel Novy Urengoi, the team of setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) is sitting in second place in the Russian League and defeated Nova Novokuybyshevsk, 3-1 (26-28, 25-21, 25-21, 27-25) on Saturday in Novokuybyshevsk.
Rooney scored eight points on six kills and two blocks in the match while Hansen had one point on a block.
View a photo gallery of the match at www.fakelvolley.ru/photo2_20082009/l33_ph.htm.
Opposite Gabe Gardner’s Russian team, Ural Ufa, is in fifth place in the Russian League following the team’s 1-3 loss on Saturday to Dynamo Moscow (18-25, 25-19, 22-25, 20-25). Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) had 13 points in the match.
Visit the Ural Ufa photo gallery at http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.volleyufa.ru%2F&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8.
In other European leagues, middle blocker David Lee and Trenkwalder Modena in Italy’s Serie A League, sitting in 11th place following a 0-3 (18-25, 23-25, 21-25) loss on Sunday to Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo. Lee scored two points in the match. Lee is averaging 0.58 blocks per set for Modena, which puts him in a tie for 16th in the league.
Modena will play Itas Diatec Trentino next Sunday (Nov. 9).
In Turkey, middle blocker Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) played key roles in Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye’s 3-1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15) victory Sunday over Halkbank in Ankara.
Touzinsky scored 14 points on 12 kills and two blocks and Millar had 13 points on six kills, four blocks and three aces. The team is in third place in the league with a 3-1 record and will face Arkas Spor on Sunday (Nov. 9).
Outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), who plays for Ziraat Bankas? in Turkey defeated U.S. compatriot and opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his team, Fenerbahce, 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 25-16) on Saturday in Istanbul.
Billings had 24 points in the match on 20 kills, three aces and one block. Salmon scored 13 points on 12 kills and one ace.
Among other players who have been on the U.S. Men’s National Team:
Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) is playing for Wayel Balogna in Italy’s Serie A2 league. Wayel is third in the league with a 5-1 record. Jablonsky is averaging 2.8 kills per set.
Paul Munoz (Huntington Beach, Calif.) is playing libero for SL Benfica in Portugal’s A1 league. He was the starting libero in Benfica’s 3-2 loss to Vit. Guimarães on Nov. 1. The team is seventh in the league with a 1-5 record.
Outside hitter Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) is playing for M.G.S. Apollon Kalamarias, which is in ninth place in the Greek league at 6-11.
Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) is playing for Hot Volley in Vienna, Austria which is competing in the CEV Indesit Champions League and is in the same pool as Slovenia’s ACH Volley, which features U.S. middle blocker Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.). The two teams are scheduled to play each other next week.
Opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) and outside hitter Jim Polster (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) have both signed with Dynamo Krasnodar in Russia’s high league.