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Apr 08 U.S. Men's Update: Two Teams Left in Russia

April 08, 2010, 7:09 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 8, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team ended its winter training block on April 2.

Now the staff is preparing for the return of the players from their overseas teams and the start of the summer training block on May 3 at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.

Russia

Two Russian Super League teams with U.S. players remain in the playoffs after the first round.

Zenit Kazan, featuring Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), needed just three matches to eliminate Yaroslavich Yaroslavl from the playoffs.

Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), also need just three matches to defeat Iskra Odintsovo.

However Fakel Novy Urengoi, the Russian team of Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), was eliminated in three matches by Dynamo Moscow.

Kazan opened the playoffs on April 1 with a 3-1 (25-17, 16-25, 25-22, 25-18) victory. Stanley led his team with 19 points on 13 kills, two blocks and four aces. His kill percentage was 0.57. Ball scored three points on two kills and one block and also set the team to a 0.57 hitting percentage.

To view photos from the match, click here

On April 2, Kazan won 25-13, 31-29, 25-19. Stanley substituted in the second set and started the third, scoring nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace. His kill percentage was 0.75. Ball had three points on one kill and two aces and set the team to a 0.45 hitting percentage.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Kazan finished things off on April 6, winning 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22). Stanley again led Kazan with 18 points on 15 kills, one block and two aces. His kill percentage was 0.42. Ball had five points on two kills, two blocks and one ace and set Kazan to a hitting percentage of 0.45.

Kazan will play Dynamo Moscow in the semifinal round.

Novosibirsk opened the playoffs on April 1 with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Odintsovo. Pridde scored 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace and had a kill percentage of 0.38. Lee added seven points on five kills, one block and one ace and had a kill percentage of 0.63.

To view photos from the match, click here.

On April 2, Novosibirsk won 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21). Priddy had 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks with a kill percentage of 0.56. Lee added 10 points on nine kills and one block, with a kill percentage of 0.53.

To view photos from the match, click here.
Finally, on April 6, Novosibirsk got the sweep, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19. Priddy tallied 11 points on eight kills, one block and two aces with a kill percentage of 0.44. Lee added eight points on two kills, five blocks and one ace.

Novosibirsk will play Lokomotiv-Belogorie in the semifinal round.

Turkey

Fenerbahce, the Turkish team of Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), looks to be on its way to advancing to the playoff finals while Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye (IBB), the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), has been eliminated.

Fenerbahce has a 2-1 lead over Arkas Spor in the playoffs. On April 2, Fenerbahce swept Arkas Spor, 25-19, 25-17, 25-19. Gardner led all scorers with 17 points on 14 kills, one block and two aces. He had a kill percentage of 0.7.

Arkas Spor came back on April 5 to sweep Fenerbahce, 25-20, 25-14, 25-12. Gardner led Fenerbahce with nine points on eight kill and one block. His kill percentage was 0.4.

Fenerbahce swept Arkas Spor on April 6, 25-14, 25-14, 26-24. Gardner again led all scorers with 18 points on 16 kills, one block and one ace. His kill percentage was 0.52.

IBB, the league’s defending champion, lost three straight matches to Ziraat Bankasi.

Trivia

  • Which players on the 2009 World League roster have kids?

 

Southern California Scrimmages

The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team is holding two intersquad scrimmages in Southern California in May.

On May 15, the team will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at JSerra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano.

On May 21, the team will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid at 1250 North Bellflower Blvd., in Long Beach.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids and seniors and LBSU students will get in free. Tickets are available at the Walter Pyramid box office or online at www.longbeachstate.com.

Italy

Marmi Lanza Verona, featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), was eliminated from Italy’s playoffs after a third straight loss to Itas Diadec Trentino on March 31.

Verona fell, 21-25, 17-25, 21-25. Holt started all three sets and scored six points on five kills and one block. His kill percentage was 0.56.

Brazil

Vivo/Minas, the Brazilian league team featuring Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), defeated Volta Redonda on April 3, 3-1 (26-24, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18). Salmon started all four sets and scored 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace.

Vivo/Minas finished the regular season in seventh place in the league and will begin the playoffs on April 8 against Sada Cruzeiro.

Elsewhere in Brazil, heavy rains flooded Maracanãzinho Stadium in Brazil, site of the volleyball competition at the 2007 Pan American Games, and forced Brazilian Men’s Head Coach Bernardinho and some players to spend the night at the facility.

Click here for the full story and photo. 

France

Poitiers, the French League team of Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), fell to Tours, 2-3 (25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 8-15) on April 1 in the semifinals of the Cup of France. Tours went on to win the title.

On April 6, Poitiers defeated Avignon, 3-1 (25-21, 28-30, 25-15, 25-12. Lotman scored 11 points on eight kills, two blocks and one ace.

Germany

RWE Volleys Bottrop, the German league team of Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), was eliminated from the playoffs by VfB Friedrichshafen on March 31.

Bottrop fell 1-3 (16-25, 20-25, 25-22, 18-25) to VfB Friedrichshafen. Winder started all four sets at setter and scored seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace. He also set the team to a hitting percentage of 0.35.

Ball’s E-Book Now Available

Lloy Ball’s biography, The Biggest Mistake I Never Made, is now available for download.

The book details the life and career of Ball, a four-time Olympian, including his experience in Beijing when the U.S. Men won the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

The E-book costs $9.95. For more information, click here.

The NET Live

The NET Live is an Internet radio show hosted by former U.S. Men’s Team player and two-time Olympian Kevin Barnett along with current team member, two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist Reid Priddy.

The show is usually broadcast at 10 a.m. PT on Mondays and features interviews with a variety of volleyball personalities along with banter by the two hosts and sidekick/engineer Dan “Kinda Good” Madden.

Click here to listen to the show.

You can also download the podcast from iTunes by clicking here.

Trivia Answer

  • Tom Hoff, Russell Holmes and Donald Suxho
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