U.S. Men's Update - Feb. 10
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2009) – It was a down-and-up week for U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy and his Russian team Lokomotiv Novosibirsk.
The team was swept by league-leading Iskra Odintsovo on Feb. 4, 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 18-25). Priddy (Richmond, Va.) was held to seven points on five kills and two blocks.
However Novosibirsk came back on Feb. 7 and defeated Zenit Kazan – featuring Priddy’s U.S. teammates Clay Stanley (Honolulu) and Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17).
Priddy scored 16 points on 11 kills, three blocks and three aces. Stanley had 14 points for Kazan on 10 points, three kills and one ace. Ball had two points on one kill and one ace.
Kazan remains in fourth place in the Russian Super League while Novosibirsk is in seventh.
View Priddy’s video of Stanley and Ball at http://reidpriddy.com/traffic/?p=181.
Fakel Novy Urengoi, including U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), won its last two matches.
On Feb. 4, Fakel beat Ugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-23). Rooney had 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Hansen scored three points on two kills and one ace and also helped Fakel convert 53 percent of its attacks into points.
View a photo gallery at http://www.fakelvolley.ru/photo2_20082009/21_ph.htm.
On Feb. 7, Fakel defeated Nova Novokuibishevsk, 3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 19-25, 25-17). Rooney led Fakel with 20 points on 17 kills, two blocks and one ace. Hansen had two points on two kills and also helped Fakel convert 50 percent of its kill attempts into points.
View a photo gallery at http://www.fakelvolley.ru/photo2_20082009/20_ph.htm.
The newspaper Sport Express named Hansen and Rooney two of the three best players of the match.
Fakel is in third place in the league.
Lokomotiv Belogorie, which includes U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), is in sixth place in the Super League, but pulled off a major upset on Feb. 7 when it beat league-leading Iskra Odintsovo, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22).
Ural Ufa, featuring U.S. opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), pulled off a similar upset on Feb. 7 when it defeated second-place Dynamo Moscow, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21). Gardner scored 11 points on 11 kills in the match. Ufa is in fifth place in the Super League.
There are three U.S. players among the 15 in the running for the Kuznetsov prize, which is given to the best player in the Russian championship.
Stanley leads the pack while Ball is third and Hansen is seventh.
The Inside-Volleyball international volleyball web site forum has named Clay Stanley its male player of the year for 2008 and it named former U.S. Men’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon its coach of the year.
Lloy Ball finished second in voting for the male player of the year and Reid Priddy was third.
Logan Tom of the U.S. Women’s National Team was named the women’s player of the year and former U.S. Women’s Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping was named the women’s coach of the year.
View the results at http://www.inside-volley.com/wbb/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=3005&pageNo=3.
U.S. middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) and his Greek team Olympiacos have won their last two matches and remain in second place in the Hellenic league with a 13-2 record.
On Feb. 7, Olympiacos pulled out a 3-2 2-3 (25-23, 26-28, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10) victory over AO Finikas Sirou, which includes U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmund, Okla.). Hoff started the match but had to leave with an injury after scoring one point on one kill. Denmark scored 11 points on eight kills and three blocks.
On Feb. 9, Olympiacos defeated MGS Apollon Kalamarias, which includes U.S. outside hitter Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.), 3-1 (28-26, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22). Hoff had nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace. Nielsen was credited with 11.33 points on seven kills, 3.33 blocks and one ace.
Meanwhile, PAOK, which features three U.S. players – Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) – has won its last two matches.
On Feb. 7, PAOK defeated AONS Milon, 3-1 (15-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-18). Patak led all scorers with 19.5 points on 17 kills, 1.5 blocks and one ace. Brunner had 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace. Lotman had eight points on seven kills and one ace.
On Feb. 9, PAOK beat Ethnikos Alexandroupolis, 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-8). Patak scored 20.5 points on 14 kills, 3.5 blocks and three aces. Lotman added 20 points on 19 kills and one block. Brunner had 15.33 points on 13 kills and 2.33 blocks.
PAOK is in seventh place in the league with a 7-8 record.
U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and their Turkish team Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye fell to league-leading Arkas Spor, 1-3 (23-25, 25-15, 21-25, 17-25) on Feb. 7. Millar scored 13 points on six kills, six blocks and one ace. Touzinsky played only the first set and did not score.
Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his team Fenerbahce fell to Sosyal Guvenlik Kurumu 0-3 (19-25, 23-25, 24-26). Billings scored 12 points on 12 kills.
According to the Italian league web site, U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) was injured on Jan. 28 when he accidentally cut his right hand. The injury needed four stitches. Lee did not play in Trenkwalder Modena’s match on Feb. 8, which was a 0-3 loss to Itas Diatec Trentino.
Slovenia’s ACH Volley, which includes U.S. middle blocker Phil Eatherton (Glencoe, Mo.), remains undefeated in the Middle European Volleyball Association league after a 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12) defeat of Hungary’s Kometa Kaposvar.
Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.) also plays for ACH Volley but is recovering from knee surgery.
ACH Volley leads the MEVA with a 14-0 record.