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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2009) – Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) will be one of the professional athletes featured on The Real Winning Edge on Nov. 14 and 15 on television stations around the country.
The Real Winning Edge is a TV program that profiles youth and college athletes in various sports and has professional/elite athletes do the introductions.
Priddy will introduce volleyball player Julie Finley, who plays at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Finley was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2008 and has battled back to continue to play.
To find a station in your area that shows The Real Winning Edge, click here.
Priddy also continues to do his online radio show, The Net Live, with former U.S. Men’s Team member Kevin Barnett (Naperville, Ill.) on Mondays. To listen, visit The Volleyball Network. You can also subscribe to The Net Live on iTunes.
Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan, which includes U.S. players Lloy Ball and Clay Stanley, finished third at the FIVB Men’s Club World Volleyball Championship in Qatar on Nov. 3-8.
The team finished second in its pool and advanced to the Nov. 7 semifinal match, where it lost to Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 24-26. Ball scored two points on a block and an ace. He was also credited with 39 running sets and no faults on 94 attempts. Stanley did not play in the match.
“The worst thing for us was that we won the first set easily, we got an impression that we will kill every ball from there on,” said Ball, who serves as Kazan’s team captain. “Then, we couldn’t send the ball back to Poland’s court; it was so difficult, we couldn’t even counter-attack.”
In the third-place match on Nov. 8, Kazan defeated Paykan Tehran of Iran, 25-13, 25-18, 25-16. Ball scored five points on three kills and two aces. He was credited with 31 running sets and no faults on 56 attempts. Stanley did not play.
“Obviously our club is lucky to be successful,” Ball said. “Our aim is obviously first place, but bronze is better than nothing. We had to concentrate hard to win against a good Iranian side.”
The Russian Super League is taking a break from competition and will be back in action on Nov. 28.
Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) led all scorers with 19 points but his Turkish club Fenerbahce lost to Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 13-25 on Nov. 10.
Gardner scored on 18 kills and one ace. Millar had 13 point on eight kills and five blocks. Touzinsky added six points on five kills and one ace. All three U.S. players started every set.
According to one rough translation of the match report, “While Ryan Millar was blocking Lucas Divis on the net; everybody at hall saw there was no gravity for American middle player.”
Click here for photos from the match.
Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored 25 points for Halkbank on Nov. 7 as it fell to Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK), 2-3 (16-25, 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 13-15). Patak scored on 23 kills and two aces.
The updated Turkish league rankings are:
1. Arkas Spor 13
2. İst.B.Şehir Bld. 11
3. SGK 10
4. Fenerbahçe 10
5. Halkbank 9
6. Ziraat Bankası 9
7. Galatasaray 9
8. Maliye Milli Piyango 8
9. Bozkurt Bld. 6
10. Beşiktaş 4
11. Diltaş Eğt. Kurumu 1
12. Belediye Plevne 0
On Nov. 4, the Guaynabo Mets, featuring Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.), defeated Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Changos de Naranjito, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21. Vance scored 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Hein scored five points on three kills and two aces.
On Nov. 6, Caribes de San Sebastian, which features David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), defeated Nuevos Gigantes de Carolina, 3-2 (20-25, 28-26, 21-15, 25-20, 15-8). Smith scored 12 points on seven kills, three blocks and two aces.
Also on Nov. 6, Patriotas de Lares defeated Leones de Ponce, including Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Tony Ching (Hawaii) and Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.), 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10). U.S. player Tim May scored 15 points on 10 kills and five blocks for Lares. Thomas led all scorers with 22 points on 18 kills, three blocks and one ace. Jablonsky had 17 points on 16 kills and one block. Ching scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks.
Indios de Mayagüez defeated Naranjito on Nov. 6, 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 21-25, 25-23). Hein scored 18 points on 15 kills, one block and two aces.
On Nov. 8, Nuevos Gigantes de Carolina defeated Guaynabo, 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11). Vance led Guaynabo with 23 points on 22 kills and one ace.
Naranjito defeated Lares on Nov. 8, 3-2. Hein led all scorers with 22 points on 17 kills, three blocks and two aces. May scored 18 points on 15 kills and three blocks.
San Sebastian beat Guaynabo on Nov. 10. Vance scored 10 points on 10 kills for Guaynabo. Smith scored three points on three kills for San Sebastian.
The current Puerto Rican standings
On Nov. 6 in Italy’s Serie A League, Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 11 points on seven kills, three blocks and one ace as his team Marmi Lanza Verona defeated Andreoli Latina, 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21).
On Nov. 8, U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Prisma Taranto defeated Sisley Treviso, 3-1 (28-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23). Suxho started all four sets and scored eight points on four kills, two blocks and two aces.
Verona is in eighth place in the Serie A League while Taranto is 11th.