B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 1, 2010) – USA Volleyball has announced the preliminary 22-man roster that it has submitted to the FIVB for the 2010 World League competition.
The roster will be cut to 19 players by April 30. From that 19-man roster, 12-14 players may be chosen to play at each World League weekend (14 players are allowed as long as two of them are liberos).
U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will be coaching the World League team for the second year. In 2009, the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world, won its World League pool and went on to finish sixth in the Final Round.
“Our team gained a lot of valuable experiences last year during World League." Knipe said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to build on those experiences during World League this summer.
“Chances are many members of that team will also compete for us at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in September and October.”
Ten players on the roster are returning from the 2008 U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team that won gold medals in World League and the Olympic Games in Beijing: setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), middle blocker and team captain Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.), libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) and outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.).
Several other players on the roster were not with the team in 2008, but played in the 2009 World League campaign including setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), a 2004 Olympian. Other 2009 World League veterans on the roster are outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), libero Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.).
The other players on the preliminary roster are setter Tyler Hildebrand (Mesa, Ariz.), opposite Dean Bittner (Lakewood, Calif.) and middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio).
The FIVB World League is an exciting elite men’s volleyball competition in which the world’s best teams are divided into four pools and play for six straight weekends from June 4 to July 11. Winners from each pool will qualify for the final round on July 21-25 in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the host country and a pick from among the second-place teams in pool play.
The total World League prize purse is more than $20 million, with the winning team collecting a prize of more than $1 million.
U.S. fans can watch Team USA play live in World League matches in Concord, N.C. (June 18-19 vs. Egypt), Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 25-26 vs. Finland) and Wichita, Kan. (July 9-10 vs. Russia).
For more information on World League, please visit USA Volleyball’s World League web site at http://usavolleyball.org/events/2878.
2010 Preliminary U.S. World League Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
11 Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-5, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
12 C Tom Hoff (MB, 6-8, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Andrew Hein (MB, 611, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)
Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
Dean Bittner (Opp, 6-7, 187, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Team Doctor: William Briner, Jr. (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
2010 U.S. World League Schedule
Date: June 4-5
Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia
Date: June 11-12
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: July 2-3
Location: Cairo, Egypt