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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Team finished second with a 4-1 record at the 2009 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship on Oct. 12-17 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and got several outstanding performances from individual players.
Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) led the U.S. in scoring.
Patak started four of the five matches and played in three sets of another for a total of 16 sets and scored 49 points on 36 kills, three blocks and 10 aces. He won the award as the tournament’s Best Server.
Priddy had 49 points on 40 kills, six blocks and three aces despite playing in only four out of five matches (14 sets).
Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) was right behind them with 48 points on 40 kills, seven blocks and one ace in 13 sets.
Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), who started four matches and played in 15 sets, scored 37 points on 28 kills and nine blocks. David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) started four matches and played in 14 sets and scored 37 points on 28 kills, seven blocks and two aces.
Patak was first among all servers with an average of 0.59 aces per set while Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) was second with six aces and one fault for an average of 0.35 aces per set.
Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), who played 14 sets, was second among diggers with 40 digs and 23 faults in 85 attempts and an average of 2.35 digs per set. Lambourne was third among all liberos with 81 “excellents” and 26 faults in 155 total attempts for an average of 52.26 excellents per set.
Priddy finished third among all spikers with a success percentage of 53.33. Rooney was ninth with a percentage of 48.78. He was also third among all receivers with 51 excellents and two faults in 77 attempts for a success percentage of 63.64.
Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), who played 17 sets, finished third among all setters with 106 running sets and two faults in 77 total attempts for an efficiency percentage of 63.64.
Most U.S. players have now re-joined or joined their international club teams. The U.S. Men will have a training team at the American Sport Center during the winter, but the members have not yet been determined.
The Russian Super League is in full swing with six present and former U.S. Men’s National Team Members playing on teams.
On Wednesday (Oct. 21), Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and their team Zenit Kazan defeated Hansen, Rooney and their team Fakel Novy Urengoi, 25-17, 25-21, 25-16.
Rooney finished with six points on four points and two blocks. Hansen started every set at setter, but did not score. Ball set for Kazan and scored four points on two kills, one block and one ace. Stanley was on the roster for Kazan but did not play.
Also on Wednesday, Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, which features Lee and Priddy, defeated Ural Ufa, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20. Priddy started all three sets and scored 11 points on six kills, two blocks and three aces. Lee substituted in the second set and started the third and scored 11 points on seven kills and four blocks.
Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) scored seven points on seven kills as his Turkish team, Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, as it defeated Besiktas on Sunday (Oct. 18), 28-26, 25-16, 25-23. Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) also plays for IB Belediye.
Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) led all scorers with 20 points as his Turkish team Fenerbahce defeated Diltaş Eğt. Kurumu, 25-20, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20. Gardner scored on 17 kills and three aces.
Prisma Taranto, featuring U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) fell to Itas Diatec Trentino in Serie A League play on Wednesday (Oct. 21), 22-25, 21-25, 15-25. Suxho started all three sets and scored two points on one block and one ace.
Marmi Lanza Verona, featuring U.S. A2 player Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) defeated Aran Pineto, 3-2 (18-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-11) on Wednesday. Holt started the first two sets and scored two points on one kill and one ace.
The Guaynabo Mets, featuring U.S. A2 player Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) defeated the Lares Patriots on the opening night of league play on Wednesday, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15.