U.S. Men's Update: FIVB Announces Pools for Worlds

Oct. 29, 2009, 12:21 a.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team will play in a pool with Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela in the opening round of the 2010 FIVB World Championship, which is scheduled to be played Sept. 24-Oct. 10 in a host of Italian cities.

The FIVB held the drawing of lots on Wednesday in the Petrassi Hall of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, which will host the final medal round of the 2010 Men’s World Championship.

A total of 24 countries were drawn across six pools for the first round of the 17th edition of the tournament, which will also be held in Milan, Ancona, Catania, Florence, Modena, Reggio Calabria, Turin, Trieste, Verona and Rome. The U.S. Men’s pool will play in Reggio Calabria.

The U.S. Men are currently ranked third in the world and have reached the World Championship podium twice: once in 1986 when they won and once in 1994 when they finished third.

Brazil is the two-time defending world champion and is in Pool B with Spain, Cuba and Tunisia. Host Italy is in Pool A with Japan, Egypt and Iran.

Pools for the 2010 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships

Pool A: Italy, Japan, Egypt, Iran
Pool B: Brazil, Spain, Cuba, Tunisia
Pool C: Russia, Puerto Rico, Australia, Cameroon
Pool D: United States, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico
Pool E: Bulgaria, China, France, Czech Republic
Pool F: Serbia, Poland, Germany, Canada


Zenit Kazan, the Russian team of Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) continued its winning ways on Oct. 24 with a 21-25, 25-18, 28-30, 25-14, 15-9 Super League victory over Dynamo-Yantar Kaliningrad. Ball scored two points on one block and one ace. Stanley was not on the roster for the match.

Fakel Novy Urengoi, which features U.S. players Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), fell to Iskra Odintsovo on Oct. 24, 25-20, 26-28, 27-29, 24-26. Rooney started every set and had 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. Hansen started every set and scored one point on one block.

Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, which includes U.S. players David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) lost to Lokomotiv Belogorie, 25-15, 26-28, 25-16, 20-25, 10-15 on Oct. 24. Priddy started every set and had 16 points on 13 kills, two blocks and one ace. Lee started the first four sets and finished with nine points on six kills and three blocks.

Puerto Rico

On Oct. 23, the Plataneros de Corozal, featuring U.S. players Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.) defeated the Leones de Ponce, including Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Tony Ching (Hawaii) and Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.), 26-24, 25-20, 25-12.

McKinney and Nielson led all scorers with 14 points each. Nielsen had 10 kills, three blocks and one ace. McKinney added 12 kills, one block and one ace. Jablonsky led Ponce with nine points on seven kills, one block and one ace. Thomas added seven points on six kills and one ace. Ching scored five points on five kills.

On Oct. 24, Changos de Naranjito, with Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) defeated Caribes de San Sebastian, which features David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), 26-24, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21. Hein scored 13 points on eight kills, three blocks and two aces. Smith had nine points on five kills two blocks and two aces.

On Oct. 25, Leones de Ponce defeated the Guaynabo Mets, featuring Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.), 3-1. Ching had 24 points for Ponce on 19 kills and five blocks. Jablonsky added 17 points on 16 kills and one ace. Thomas scored nine points on seven kills, one block and one ace. Vance had 12 points on 12 kills for Guaynabo.

On Oct. 25, the Lares Patriots defeated Corozal, 3-1. McKinney led Corozal with 17 points on 16 kills and one block. Nielsen scored 10 points on 10 kills. Tim May scored eight points on seven kills and one ace for Lares.

On Oct. 25, Nuevos Gigantes de Carolina beat Naranjito, 3-2. Hein scored 12 points on seven kills, four blocks and one ace.

Smith scored eight points on five kills and three blocks as San Sebastian fell to Indios de Mayaguez, 2-3.

Corozal swept Guaynabo 25-22, 25-19, 25-21 on Oct. 26. McKinney and Nielsen each had 13 points for Corozal. McKinney had 11 kills and two blocks. Nielsen had 10 kills and three blocks. Vance led all scorers with 15 points on 13 kills and two aces.

Naranjito defeated Ponce, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 31-33, 15-10 on Oct. 28. Hein had 14 points on seven kills, five blocks and two aces for Naranjito. Ching led Ponce with 18 points on 16 kills, one block and one ace. Jablonsky and Thomas each scored 14 points. Each had had 12 kills, one block and one ace.

Corozal swept Carolina, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 on Oct. 29. McKinney had 11 points for Corozal on 10 blocks and one ace. Nielsen scored six points on four kills and two aces.

On Oct. 29, Lares defeated San Sebastian, 25-23, 21-25-25-23, 25-23. May scored 13 points on nine kills and four blocks for Lares. Smith scored eight points on four kills, three blocks and one ace for San Sebastian.


On Oct. 25 in Italy’s Serie A League, Acqua Paradiso Monza defeated U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Prisma Taranto, 25-19, 25023, 25-20. Suxho started every set and scored three points on two kills and one ace.

Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored five points on four kills and one block for Marmi Lanza Verona in its victory over Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, 23-25, 25-16, 29-27, 25-21. Holt subbed in the first set and started the final three sets.


Ziraat Bankasi defeated Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-7 on Oct. 24. Touzinsky started every set and scored 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. Millar did not play.

Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) score 10 points on seven kills, one block and two aces as his Turkish team Halkbank defeated Maliye Milli Piyango, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 on Oct. 21.

Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) had 14 points on 11 kills, two blocks and one ace as his Turkish league team, Fenerbahce fell to Arkas Spor, 25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-20, 10-15.