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U.S. Men's Update: World League Pools

Dec. 03, 2009, 2:07 p.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2009) – The FIVB has announced the weekends and pools for the 2010 World League competition.

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team, which is ranked third in the world by the FIVB, will be in Group C with Russia (ranked No. 2), Egypt (No. 18) and Finland (No. 22).

The final round of the 2010 World League will be held July 21-25 in Córdoba, Argentina.

Russia finished third in the 2009 World League behind winner Brazil and second-place Serbia. The U.S. Men placed sixth in 2009, one year after winning the event.

Prior to 2008, the United States’ best World League finish was third place in 1992 and 2007.

Egypt and Germany are the two new additions to the World League pools this year, replacing bottom two teams from the 2009 World League: Japan and Venezuela.

Here are the 2010 World League pools with each country’s 2009 World League finish and FIVB world ranking:

Group A: Brazil (First; No. 1), Bulgaria (10th; No. 4), Netherlands (12th; No. 26), Korea (14th; No. 19)

Group B: Serbia (Second; No. 5), Italy (Seventh; No. 6), France (Ninth; No. 17), China (13th; No. 8)

Group C: Russia (Third; No. 2), USA (Sixth; No. 3), Finland (Eighth; No. 22), Egypt (NA; No. 18)

Group D: Argentina (Fifth; No. 9), Cuba (Fourth; No. 13), Poland (11th; No. 7), Germany (NA; No. 14)

U.S. Men’s 2010 World League Schedule (Host cities and exact dates and times have not yet been announced)

Date: June 4-6
Opponent: at Russia

Date: June 11-13
Opponent: at Finland

Date: June 18-20
Opponent: Egypt

Date: June 25-27
Opponent: Finland

Date: July 2-4
Opponent: at Egypt

Date: July 9-11
Opponent: Russia

Final Round (teams must qualify)
Date: July 21-25
Location: Córdoba, Argentina

National Team Autograph Signing

Join Mizuno and USA Volleyball for a free autograph session on Saturday, Dec. 12, with the nation’s best volleyball players – members of both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams. The autograph session takes place at the Team Sports Superstore located inside the American Sports Centers (1500 S. Anaheim, Blvd., Anaheim, Calif. 92805) from noon to 1 p.m. The first 250 autograph seekers will receive a free Mizuno gift (limit one per person). This event is co-presented by Mizuno, USA Volleyball, Southern California Volleyball Association, American Sports Centers and Team Sports Superstore. The SCVA will be hosting its Boys’ Classic Tournament during the weekend of Dec. 12 at the American Sports Centers, the training headquarters for both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams.

CEV Indesit Champions League

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), is among the teams competing in the CEV Indesit Champions League. They won their first match on Dec. 2 over Paris Volley, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23.

Zenit Kazan, the Russian team of Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) won its first Champions League on Dec. 2 with a 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17) victory over Bulgaria’s CSK Sofia, which includes U.S. player Austin Rester (Bedford, Texas). Ball started the final two sets and scored one point on an ace. Stanley started the final three sets and scored 16 points on 12 kills, one block and three aces. Rester started all four sets for Sofia and scored 10 points on eight kills and two blocks.

Austria’s Hypo Tirol Innsbruck, which includes U.S. player Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), lost its first Champions League match on Dec. 2, 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 to Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata. Holmes started all three sets and scored five points on three kills and two blocks.

Turkey

In the Cup of Turkey quarterfinals on Nov. 18, Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) started all three sets and led all scorers with 24 points on 21 kills and three aces as his Turkish league team Halkbank defeated Diltas Spor K, 31-29, 27-25, 25-21. Halkbank beat Diltas Spor K again, 25-22, 25-18, 25-22, in the “revenge match” on Nov. 25. Patak started the first two sets and scored four points on four kills. Halkbank qualified for the next round.

Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) started all three sets and led his team Fenerbahce with 24 points as it defeated Ziraat Bankasi, 3-2 (26-24, 25-21, 24-26, 18-25, 15-10). Bankasi came back to win the revenge match, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19. Gardner started all three sets and scored eight points on seven kills and one block, but Fenerbahce did not advance.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye fell to Galatasaray, 1-3 (27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 28-26). Millar started all four sets and scored 11 points on four kills, six blocks and one ace. Touzinsky started the first set and scored one point on one kill. Istanbul came back to win the revenge match 3-2 (25-18, 25-20, 21-15, 26-28, 15-8), but did not advance. Millar started all five sets and scored 15 points on nine kills and six aces. Touzinsky had two points on two kills while starting the fifth set.

In regular Turkish league play on Nov. 21, Patak led all scorers with 17 points on eight kills, two blocks and seven aces as his Turkish league team Halkbank defeated Bozkurt, 25-15, 25-17, 25-18. U.S. player Ryan Burrow (Racine, Wis.) scored seven points on six kills and one ace for Bozkurt. Halkbank fell to Besiktas on Nov. 28, 2-3 (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 13-15). Patak started three sets and scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks.

Gardner scored 10 points as Fenerbahce defeated Plevne Belediye, 25-14, 25-23, 25-20, on Nov. 21. Gardner had eight kills and two blocks. On Nov. 28, Fenerbahce beat Bozkurt, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20. Gardner started all three sets and scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Burrow started all three sets for Bozkurt and scored 10 points on eight kills and two aces.

On Nov. 21, Millar scored seven points on three kills, three blocks and one ace as Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye defeated Arkas Spor, 25-19, 25-22, 25-19. Touzinsky did not play. On Nov. 28, Istanbul topped Maliye Milli Piyango, 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 27-25). Touzinsky started all four sets and scored 13 points on 12 kills and one ace. Millar started the first set and scored two points on two kills.

Russia

Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian Super League team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) won the Cup of Siberia with a 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23) victory over Tyumen.

After a long break, Russian Super League play resumed on Nov. 28. Novosibirsk defeated Gazprom Ugra, 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-18). Priddy started all four sets and scored 14 points on 13 kills and one block. Lee also started all four sets and scored 10 points on seven kills and three blocks. Lee and Priddy also met with players and coaches from Novosibirsk’s junior team. To view a translation, click here.

Kazan, which leads the Russian League standings, beat Dynamo Moscow, 3-1 (27-29, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18). Stanley started all four sets and scored 18 points on 14 kills and four blocks. Ball also started all four sets at setter and scored one point on one block.

Fakel Novy Urengoi, the Russian team of Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), opened with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-16, 26-28, 25-18, 15-12). Hansen started all five sets at setter and scored five points on three kills, one block and one ace. Rooney did not play as he is still recovering from an ankle injury.

Italy

The All-Star players of Italy’s Serie A League defeated a team of Italians 3-1 (17-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-22) on Nov. 22. U.S. player Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) was the starting setter for the All-Star team and scored three points.

“I had a lot of fun in this celebration of volleyball,” Suxho said. “We were a bit lost in the first set, it was the first time we played together but then we managed to pull together and got the win.”

On Nov. 26, league competition resumed and Suxho and his team Prisma Taranto were defeated by Lube Banca Marche Macereta, 1-3 (21-25, 25-16, 16-25, 24-26). Suxho started all four sets and scored four points on three kills and one ace. On Nov. 29, Taranto defeated Esse-Ti Carilo Loreto, 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23). Suxho started all four sets and scored eight points on six kills, one block and one ace.

On Nov. 26, Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his team Marmi Lanza Verona lost to Acqua Paradiso Monza, 1-3 (25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 22-25). Holt started all four sets and scored seven points on five kills, one block and one ace. On Nov. 29, Holt scored 12 points on eight kills, three blocks and one ace as Verona beat Yoga Forli, 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-21, 25-14).

France

Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored four points for his French league team Poitiers as it defeated Tours on Nov. 14, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23.

Puerto Rico

On Nov. 18, league-leading Plataneros de Corozal, including Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.), Casey Patterson (Newbury Park, Calif.) and Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) topped Patriotas de Lares, including U.S. player Tim May, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16). McKinney led all scorers with 15 points on 13 kills and two blocks. Nielsen added 11 points on 10 kills and one ace. Patterson scored nine points on five kills, one block and three aces. For Lares, May scored eight points on six kills and two blocks.

Also on Nov. 18, the Guaynabo Mets, featuring Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.), defeated Leones de Ponce, including U.S. players Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Tony Ching (Hawaii) and Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.), 25-23, 25-23, 25-21. Vance scored 14 points on 13 kills and one ace. Thomas led Ponce with 13 points on 13 kills. Jablonsky added 10 points on nine kills and one block. Ching scored eight points on eight kills.

On Nov. 21, Corozal beat U.S. player Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Changos de Naranjito, 3-2 (31-33, 17-25, 25-9, 25-19, 19-17). Patterson led all scorers with 24 points on 14 kills, four blocks and six aces. McKinney added 18 points on 14 kills, three blocks and one ace. Nielsen scored 18 points on 14 kills, two blocks and two aces. Hein scored 14 points on 10 kills, one block and three aces.

Also on Nov. 21, Ponce defeated Caribes de San Sebastian, which features David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Hudson Bates (Richmond, Va.), 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 17-15). Ching led all scorers with 24 points with 20 kills and four blocks. Thomas added 16 points on 14 kills and two aces. Jablonsky scored 13 points on 13 kills. Bates scored 15 points on 14 kills and one block. Smith added 12 points on six kills, two blocks and four aces.

Finally on Nov. 21, Nuevos Gigantes de Carolina beat Guaynabo, 25-17, 26-24, 25-20. Vance scored 12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace.

On Nov. 22, Ponce topped Naranjito 25-23, 25-23, 26-24. Thomas scored 16 points for Ponce on 10 kills, two blocks and four aces. Ching added 16 points on 15 kills and one block. Jablonsky totaled 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Hein scored eight points on six kills and two blocks.

On Nov. 25, Corozal beat Carolina, 3-2. Patterson led Corozal with 24 points on 21 kills, one block and two aces. McKinney added 16 points on 13 kills, one block and two aces. Nielsen totaled nine points on eight kills and one block.

On Nov. 26, Guaynabo beat out Naranjito, 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-22). Vance led all scorers with 27 points on 21 kills, five blocks and one ace. Hein had 14 points for Naranjito on 11 kills, two blocks and one ace.

Also on Nov. 26, Ponce beat Lares, 25-20, 25-19, 27-25. Ponce’s Jablonsky led all scorers with 17 points on 12 kills, three blocks and two aces. Ching scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. Thomas had seven points on three kills, one block and three aces. May had seven points for Lares on four kills and three blocks.

Finally on Nov. 26, Indios de Mayagüez beat San Sebastian, 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-16, 25-21). San Sebasian’s Smith led all scorers with 14 points on eight kills, three blocks and three aces. Bates had five points on five kills.

On Nov. 28, Corozal beat out San Sebastian, 25-18, 25-15, 25-23. Patterson led all scorers for Corozal with 16 points on 12 kills, two blocks and two aces. McKinney added 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Nielsen had seven points on five kills and two aces. For San Sebastian, Smith scored seven points on six kills and one ace. Bates added five points on three kills and two blocks.

Also on Nov. 28, Naranjito topped Lares, 25-22, 25-14, 25-21. Hein totaled 12 points for Naranjito on eight kills and four blocks. May had four points on four kills for Lares while new player Brian Zodrow (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added seven points on seven kills.

Patterson led all scorers with 14 points on 12 kills, one block and one ace as Corozal defeated Mayagüez, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19, on Nov. 29. McKinney scored nine points on nine kills and Nielsen had eight points on eight kills.

Also on Nov. 29, San Sebastian beat Naranjito, 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 26-24). Smith scored 15 points for San Sebastian on five kills, nine blocks and one ace. Bates had six points on four kills, one block and one ace. Hein scored 10 points for Naranjito on seven kills, one block and two aces.

Finally on Nov. 29, Mayagüez defeated Guaynabo 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 15-25, 26-24, 16-14). Vance had 15 points for Guaynabo on 15 kills.

Corozal continued its winning ways by defeating Guaynabo 3-2 on Dec. 1. Patterson led Corozal with 19 points on 15 kills, one block and three aces. McKinney scored 11 points on 11 kills and Nielsen totaled eight points one seven kills and one ace. Guaynabo’s Vance led all scorers with 21 points on 18 kills, one block and two aces.

Carolina defeated Naranjito, 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-21) on Dec. 1. Hein had nine points for Naranjito on eight kills and one block.

On Dec. 2, Corozal won again by defeating San Sebastian, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22. Patterson led all scorers with 16 points on 13 kills and three aces. Nielsen added 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. McKinney had five points on four kills and one block.

Jablonsky had 21 points on 18 kills, one block and two aces, but Ponce fell to Mayaguez, 1-3 (22-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-27) on Dec. 2. Thomas added 13 points on 12 kills and one ace. Ching scored 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks.  

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