U.S. Men's Update - April 30

April 30, 2009, 12:52 p.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 30, 2009) – Four Russian teams with U.S. players remain active in the Super League playoffs.

Zenit Kazan, featuring U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu), has opened up a 2-0 match lead over Iskra Odintsovo in the championship series.

Visiting Zenit beat Iskra, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-23) on Monday (April 27) and 3-2 (20-25, 29-27, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13) on Tuesday (April 28).

Stanley had 12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace in the first match and nine points on seven kills and two blocks in the second. Ball had three points on three kills in the first match and no points in the second.

To view photos of the April 27 match, click here.

To v iew photos of the April 28 match, click here.

In the battle for third place, host Fakel Novy Urengoi, including U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), has taken a 2-0 match lead over visiting Dinamo Moscow.

Fakel defeated Dinamo, 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 28-30, 16-14) on Monday and 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-17, 15-8) on Tuesday.

Rooney scored 14 points on 12 kills and two aces on Monday. Hansen added four points on three kills and one ace. Rooney scored 13 points on Tuesday on 12 kills and one block while Hansen had four points on one kill, two blocks and one ace.

To view photos of the April 27 match, click here.

In the series to determine the fifth-place team, which will qualify for European cup competition, Lokomotiv Belogorie, which features U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) has a 2-0 match lead over Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, which includes U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.).

Host Belogorie defeated Novosibirsk, 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-22) on April 27 and 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21) on April 28.

Priddy led all scorers on April 27 with 19 points on 11 kills, six blocks and two aces. On April 28 he scored 18 points on 14 kills, one block and three aces.

To view photos, click here.

All three series resume on May 2 with Zenit, Dinamo and Novosibirsk serving as the host teams.


U.S. middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) and his Greek team Olympiacos swept league champion and rival Panathinaikos, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 29-27) in the first match of their league championship playoff.

Hoff scored four points on four kills in the match, which was hosted by Panathinaikos.

The teams will play again on May 4.

In the playoffs for positions 5-8, Aris defeated PAOK, which includes U.S. players Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.),  3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21) on Monday and won their series 2-1. Patak scored 11 points on seven kills, two aces and two blocks. Lotman scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. Brunner scored three points on one kill and two blocks.

Aris will now face Finikas Sirou, featuring U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.), for a spot in next season's Challenge Cup.

Player Updates

Although they will not be competing in World League this summer, U.S. Men’s Team players Reid Priddy and middle blocker Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) will still be very active in the sport.

Millar, along with new U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.), will speak at the AVCA 2009 Spring Conference on May 7-9 in Provo, Utah in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship. Knipe and Millar will join legendary coach Carl McGown in breaking down the NCAA semifinal matches.

Millar will train briefly with the U.S. Men’s National Team in May while his family enjoys a Southern California vacation. Then he will travel to Dubai to play for a team on June 8-26.

After that, he will be involved with his The Next Level Volleyball Camps in several states around the country.

He hopes to return to the national team at the end of August to train for the world championship qualifier and the FIVB Grand Champions Cup.

At the end of the U.S. Men’s season, he will return to the Turkish team Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye with which he won the 2009 Turkish league championship.

Priddy will also be returning to his overseas team next winter as he has signed a two-year contract with Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. He also hopes to return to the Men’s National Team at some point.

He may also play some beach volleyball during the summer. He has played on the AVP Tour off and on since 2000. His best season was in 2005 when he played in 10 matches, finishing ninth three times and earning $8,175.

He will continue to do his online radio show The NET LIVE with former U.S. Men’s National Team player Kevin Barnett.

You can hear archived and live episodes by going to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-NET-LIVE.

World League Tickets

Tickets for the World League matches in San Jose, Calif., (June 26-27 against China), Hoffman Estates, Ill., (July 10-11 against Italy) and Wichita, Kan., (July 17-18 against Netherlands) are now on sale.

For San Jose tickets, click here.

For Hoffman Estates tickets, click here.

For Wichita tickets, click here.