U.S. Men's National Team Update for Nov. 19, 2008

Nov. 19, 2008, 5:14 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2008) - Players from the U.S. Men's National Team continue to face each other in their European leagues, particularly in Russia where six players are contributing on four teams.

On Saturday, Gabe Gardner's Ural Ufa team went up against Lloy Ball, Clay Stanley and Zenit Kazan. After a marathon 2-hour, 7-minute match, Kazan came up with the 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-27, 19-17) victory.

Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai'i), who was the United States' starting opposite last summer as the team won the FIVB World League and the Olympic Games, led all scorers with 26 points on 18 kills, two blocks and six aces.

Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), who backed up Stanley at opposite on the U.S. team, scored 15 points for Ufa on 12 kills, two blocks and one ace.

Kazan team captain Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.), who is the setter, scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace.

View a photo gallery from the match at www.zenit-kazan.com/rus/photo/?rzd=58.

View an interview with Clay Stanley in which he talks about his plans for 2012 at www.zenit-kazan.com/rus/news/?id=2011 (you can use Google's language tools for a rough translation).

Kazan is also playing in the CEV Indesit Champions League and is undefeated after beating Paris Volley on Nov. 12, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21).

Kazan now sits in fourth place in the Russian league and will face third-place Fakel Novy Urengoi, featuring U.S. players Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) on Nov. 22.

Fakel improved its standing by defeating second-place Iskra Odintsovo, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 20-18) on Nov. 16. Rooney played the first three sets and scored eight points on seven kills and one block.

Hansen played at setter for all five sets but did not score a point.

View photo albums for Fakel Novy Urengoi at http://fakelvolley.ru/en/photo.htm.

U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and his team Lokomitiv Novosibirsk has found more success recently, having won their last four matches, including a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-20) victory over Metallinvest Stariy Oskol on Nov. 9 where Priddy scored 13 points on 10 kills, two blocks and one ace. The following week on Nov. 15, Novosibirsk defeated Lokomitiv Bilogirya, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-11) and Priddy scored nine points on seven kills and two blocks.

In the CEV Cup, Novosibirsk defeated Spain's Arona Tenerife Sur twice - 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-23) in Spain and 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 28-26, 15-9) in Russia - to advance to the round of eight where it will face Montenegro's Buducnost Podgorica in December.

Priddy will meet his U.S. teammate Gardner and Ural Ufa in their next match on Nov. 22.

View video of Priddy's last match at http://video.sportbox.ru/VidySporta/Volejbol/v_20081115175500_lokomotivlokomotivbelogorje.

View the Lokomotiv Novosibirsk photo galleries at www.lokovolley.ru/en/photo/.

Turkey

Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) continue to play for Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkey, which defeated Belediye Plevne 3-2 (25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 16-25, 15-12) on Saturday. Millar scored 14 points on 11 kills, two blocks and one ace while Touzinsky scored six points on five kills and one ace.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye will play Ziraat Bankasi on Wednesday in a Turkish Cup match; however Millar and Touzinsky will not see U.S. teammate Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) who is taking some time off from the team due to illness.

Italy

David Lee's (Alpine, Calif.) Trenkwalder Modena continues to struggle in Italy's Serie A League as it lost 0-3 to Framasil Pineto on Sunday. Lee did not play in the match. Modena is in 13th place in the league with a 2-6 record. It will face Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia on Nov. 23.

Greece

Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) continues to play with Olympiacos in the Greek league. Olympiacos sits in third place in the league with a 5-1 record.

Hoff had nine kills in Olympiacos' 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 29-31, 25-16, 15-11) victory over ARIS Marmouris AE two weeks ago. He did not play last weekend in the team's 3-0 win over Aons Milon.

Among other players who have been on the U.S. Men's National Team:

Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) is starting for Wayel Balogna in Italy's Serie A2 league. Wayel is third in the league with a 7-2 record. Jablonsky is averaging 11.4 points per match and 10.3 kills per match.

Paul Munoz (Huntington Beach, Calif.) is playing libero for SL Benfica in Portugal's A1 league. He is ranked fourth among liberos in the league. Benfica is in sixth place in the 12-team league with a 2-4 record.

Outside hitter Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) is playing for MGS Apollon Kalamarias, which is in 11th place in the Greek league at 1-5. Nielsen scored nine points in Apollon's 0-3 (22-25, 20-25, 20-25) loss to Aris Marmouris AE.  

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 played each other on Nov. 12, with ACH Volley coming out on top, 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 25-12).

View a photo gallery of the match at www.ach-volley.si/index.php?page=galerija&mode=thumbs&page_id=16&gal_id=86&group_id=2.

Setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) is playing for Tourcoing in the French Pro A league. The team is in fourth place coming off a 3-0 defeat of Saint-Brieuc. It is scheduled to play Paris Volley on Nov. 22.

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