U.S. Men's Update - Wichita World League Tickets on Sale

March 04, 2009, 4:52 p.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 4, 2009) – Tickets are now on sale to see the U.S. Men’s National Team play Netherlands in FIVB World League matches on July 17-18 (7 p.m. both nights) at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Adult tickets are $25 for a reserved seat and $15 for general admission for one night. For both nights, it is $40 for a reserved seat and $25 for general admission. Discounts on general admission tickets for military service members and senior citizens are available.

The U.S. Men won their first World League title in 2008 and also won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Netherlands is returning to World League after a five-year absence. The last time it played in 2003, it finished 10th. It won World League in 1996, the same year it won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

To purchase tickets, click here.


The “Torch” as it is known in Russia continues to be on fire as the Russian team of Fakel Novy Urengoi, including U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), won its fifth match in a row on Feb. 28 as it beat Zenit Kazan, featuring U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu), 3-2 (20-25, 28-26, 19-25, 25-16, 15-13).

Stanley led all scorers in the match with 28 points on 22 kills and six aces. Ball had five points for Kazan on four kills and one ace. Rooney scored two points on two kills for Fakel and Hansen, had one point on one block.

View Fakel’s photo gallery of the match at www.fakelvolley.ru/photo3_20082009/17_ph.htm.

View Kazan’s photo gallery of the match at www.zenit-kazan.com/eng/media/photo/?year=2009&rzd=76.

Fakel improved its record to 17-3 and continues to lead the Russian Super League. Kazan sits in fourth at 12-8. Fakel will see U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in its next match on March 7.

Kazan lost to Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata in its first match of the quarterfinals of the CEV Indesit Champions League on March 4 in Italy. The two teams will play again on March 11 in Russia.

Lokomotiv Belogorie, which includes U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), is in fifth place in the Russian Super League and beat Metalloinvest Stary Oskol, 3-2 (16-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6) on Feb. 28. Belogorie will meet U.S. opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) and Ural Ufa in its next match on March 7.

Ufa is in sixth place in the Super League after falling to Priddy and Lokomotiv Novosibirsk on Feb. 28, 0-3 (21-25, 19-25, 34-36). Priddy had 14 points on 11 kills, two blocks and one ace. Gardner scored nine points on six kills, one block and two aces. Novosibirsk is in seventh place in the Super League.

View a photo gallery of the match between Ufa and Novosibirsk at www.lokovolley.ru/en/photo/Foto22en/.

View Reid Priddy’s video about buying a new winter coat at www.youtube.com/watch?v=92OnKUDec-g&eurl=http://reidpriddy.com/traffic/.


The Turkish team Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, which features U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and middle blocker Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) fell to Maliye Milli Piyango, 0-3 (17-25, 18-25, 23-25) on March 1.

Touzinsky scored 10 points on 10 kills. Millar had eight points on five kills and three blocks. Their team remains in second place in the Turkish league.


U.S. middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) scored 6.5 points on four kills and 2.5 blocks as his Greek team Olympiacos defeated EA Patron Lux, 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22) on March 1. Olympiacos is in second place in the Greek league.

The United States’ Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) and his Greek team AO Finikas Sirou defeated PAOK, which includes U.S. players Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), 3-2 (12-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-16) on March 1.

Denmark scored 11.83 points on 10 kills and 1.83 blocks. Patak had 17 points for PAOK on 14 kills and three aces. Lotman added 16.83 points on 15 kills, 0.83 blocks and one ace. Brunner scored 4.33 points on three kills and 1.33 blocks. AO Finikas Sirou is in seventh place in the Greek league while PAOK is in eighth.


U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his Italian Serie A team Trenkwalder Modena defeated Stamplast Martina Franca, 3-2 (25-21, 15-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13) on March 1. Lee started all five sets and scored four points on two kills and two blocks. Trenkwalder is in 10th place in the league with a 9-14 record.


U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and his French league team Tourcoing defeated St. Brieuc, 3-0 (25-21, 29-27, 25-19) on Feb. 28. Winder started all three sets and scored four points on one block and three aces. Tourcoing is in fourth place in the league.