U.S. Men's Update: Sweet Home Anaheim

Aug. 04, 2010, 7:04 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. (Aug. 4, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team is back at its training headquarters at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., and preparing for the 2010 FIVB World Championship, which begins Sept. 25 in Italy.

The U.S. Men will open in Reggio Calabria and will play Mexico (Sept. 25), Venezuela (Sept. 26) and Argentina (Sept. 27).

After finishing eighth overall in World League the U.S. Men saw their FIVB world ranking slip from second to third behind first-place Brazil and second-place Russia, who finished first and second in the World League final round. Serbia (fourth) and Italy (fifth) round out the top five.

The following players are in training this week at the American Sports Centers:

Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.)
Dean Bittner (Lakewood, Calif.)
Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.)
Tyler Hildebrand (Mesa, Ariz.)
Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.)
Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.)
David Lee (Alpine, Calif.)
Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.)
Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah)
Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.)
Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.)
Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.)
Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.)
Riley Salmon (League City, Texas)
J.D. Schleppenbach (Ventura, Calif.)
Jacob Schkud (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii)
David Smith (Saugus, Calif.)
Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania)
Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.)
Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.)
Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.)
Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.)
Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.)


U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and wife Suzanne welcomed son Oliver Walsh Millar to the family on June 30. The Millars also have a son named Max who was born in 2006.