U.S. Men's Update: European Cups Runneth Over
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 3, 2010) – U.S. Men’s National Team players Scott Touzinsky and Ryan Millar, who also used to be teammates on the Turkish league team Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, will be facing each other this month in the second round of the CEV Cup.
Millar’s (Alpine, Utah) Polish team Asseco Resovia Rzeszów will play two matches against Touzinsky’s (St. Louis, Mo.) German team SCC Berlin on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 to determine which team advances to the quarterfinals.
Touzinsky’s team advanced with two first-round victories over Romania’s Tomis Constanta. Millar’s team had two wins over Hungary’s Fino Kaposvar. The second came on Nov. 25 as Rzeszów defeated Kaposvar, 3-1 (25-21, 26-28, 25-21, 25-21). Millar scored 13 points in the match.
Spain’s Unicaja Almeria, which includes U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), will also advance to the next round of the CEV Cup, but not without a fight from Greece’s GC Lamia, which features of U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) and middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.).
After Almeria won the first match, 3-1 on Nov. 18, GC Lamia came back to win the second match, 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19) on Nov. 25. A “golden set” was played to break the tie and Almeria won that, 15-12.
Price led his team with 26 points. Smith had 11 for Almeria.
Almeria will face AB Groningen/Lycurgus of Netherlands in the next round.
Switzerland’s Volley Amriswil, which includes U.S. players Max Lipsitz (middle blocker; Williamsville, N.Y.) and Daniel Mathews (setter; Shorewood, Wis.), will play Italy’s Casa Modena in the next round of the CEV Cup.
In the GM Capital Challenge Cup, Isku Tampere, the Finnish team of U.S. setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) has advanced the round of 16 thanks to a golden set victory over Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn of Netherlands.
Tampere won the first match between the two teams, 3-1. But Apeldoom came back on Nov. 24 to defeat Tampere, 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19. Tampere won the tie-breaking golden set, 15-10.
Tampere will play Estonia’s Selver Tallinn in the next round.
Fakel Novy Urengoi and U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) also advanced to the round of 16 of the GM Capital Challenge Cup (see notes from Nov. 24) and will face Kalo-Méh Kecskemet of Hungary.
The Hellenic League has suspended operations because it has not received its expected subsidy from the Greek government.
The suspension began Dec. 2 following the completion of six rounds of play.
PAOK Thessaloniki, U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), leads the league with 17 points.
In matches prior to the stoppage, Olympiacos and U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) defeated Apollon Kalamarias, 25-16, 25-13, 25-19 on Nov. 27. Jablonsky started all three sets and scored six points on five kills (0.50 hitting percentage) and one ace. He was also credited with being 100 percent positive and 67 percent excellent in receiving on nine attempts.
Iraklis Thessoloniki, the Hellenic League team of U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and outside hitter Ryan Jay Owens, swept Aris Thessaloniki, 32-30, 25-19, 25-17 on Nov. 27. Billings scored 11 points on eight kills (0.46 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. Owens scored 10 points on nine kills (0.39 hitting percentage) and one ace.
Winder and PAOK beat Panellinios Athens on Nov. 28, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21. Winder started all three sets and scored four points on two kills, one block and one ace. He also set PAOK to a 0.39 hitting percentage. Kris Berzins (Brinklow, Md.), a U.S. player and son of U.S. Olympic gold medalist Aldis Berzins, started the first two sets for Panellinios and scored one point on one kill.
On Dec. 1, Lamia with Price and Hein, defeated Panathinaikos Athens, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 25-23. Price led his team with 18 points on 13 kills, four blocks and one ace. Hein added six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace.
To read Brook Billings’ blog about the league’s suspension, click here.
Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), suffered its first loss of the season on Nov. 30 when it fell to Yaroslavich Yaroslavl, 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11).
Priddy led Kazan with 17 points on 15 kills (0.43 hitting percentage) and two blocks. Ball added four points on three kills and one block. He also set Kazan to a 0.41 hitting percentage.
Kazan defeated Dynamo Krasnodar on Nov. 27, 3-1 (25-22, 26-28, 25-23, 25-21). Priddy scored 14 points on 13 kills (0.48 hitting percentage) and one ace. Ball scored two points on one block and one ace and set Kazan to a 0.47 hitting percentage.
To view photos from Kazan’s CEV Champion’s Cup match on Nov. 24, click here.
Hansen and Fakel defeated Gazprom-Ugra Surgut on Nov. 27, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20. Hansen, Fakel’s starting setter, had one point on a block and set the team to a 0.54 hitting percentage.
To view photos from the match, click here.
On Dec. 1, Fakel fell to Dynamo Moscow, 3-2 (25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 16-14). Hansen scored three points on one kills, one block and one ace. He set Fakel to a 0.37 hitting percentage.
Also on Dec. 1, U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and his team Ural Ufa defeated U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his team Kuzbass Kemerovo, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 22-20). Stanley led Ufa with 30 points on 24 kills (0.49 hitting percentage), three blocks and three aces. Lee scored nine kills for Kemerovo on five kills and four blocks.
U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and his Italian Serie A League team Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza have won their last two matches.
On Nov. 28, Monza Brianza defeated Sisley Treviso, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15). Rooney started all four sets and scored 19 points on 15 kills (0.52 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace.
On Dec. 1, Monza Brianza topped BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte, 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-20). Rooney started all four sets and scored nine points on seven kills (0.38 hitting percentage) and two blocks.
Marmi Lanza Verona, the Italian team of U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), went 1-1 over its past two matches.
On Dec. 1, Verona defeated Sisley Treviso, 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-23). Brunner started all four sets and scored 10 points on nine kills (0.73 hitting percentage) and one ace. Lotman substituted in the first two sets and started the third and fourth, finishing with 10 points on nine kills (0.47 hitting percentage) and one block.
On Nov. 28, Verona fell to Andreoli Latina, 3-2 (25-18, 26-28, 25-20, 24-26, 15-8). Brunner started the first three sets, then played as a substitute and scored seven points on four kills and three blocks. Lotman played as a substitute and scored one point on a block.
U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his team Copra Morpho Piacenza also went 1-1 over its past two matches.
On Nov. 28, Piacenza swept Yoga Forli, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19. Holt started all three sets and scored three points on two kills and one ace.
On Dec. 1, Piacenza lost to RPA-LuigiBacchi.It San Giustino, 3-2 (18-25, 24-26, 28-26, 25-16, 21-19). Holt started all five sets and scored 13 points on 10 kills (0.71 hitting percentage) and three blocks.
U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia have lost their last two matches, despite strong play from Anderson.
On Nov. 28, Vibo Valentia was swept by Itas Diatec Trentino, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23. Anderson scored 12 points on 12 kills (0.45 hitting percentage).
On Dec. 1, Vibo Valentia fell to Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo, 25-18, 26-24, 25-19. Anderson led his team with 16 points on 12 kills (0.37 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace.
On Nov. 25, U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated his U.S. teammate outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Londrina/Sercomtel, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23.
Holmes started all three sets for Vivo/Minas and scored seven points on three kills, three blocks and one ace. Tarr started all three sets for Londrina/Sercomtel and scored eight points on seven kills and one block.
On Nov. 27, Londrina/Sercomtel fell to Sada Cruzeiro, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22. Tarr started the first set for Londrina/Sercomtel and substituted in the next two. He finished with six points on five kills and one ace.
On Nov. 28, Vivo/Minas defeated Santo Andre/Spred, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21. Holmes started all three sets and score 12 points on five kills, four blocks and three aces.
On Dec. 2, Vivo/Minas won again with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-22 defeat of BMG/Sao Bernardo. Holmes started all three sets and scored 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace.
Meanwhile, Londrina/Sercomtel suffered another loss on Dec. 2, falling 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 to Cimed. Tarr started the first set and substituted in the third, finishing with four points on four kills.
U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and his French B league team Chaumont now lead the league following a 3-1 (31-29, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14) victory over St-Brieuc on Nov. 27.
Thornton started all four sets, scoring one point with an ace and setting the team to a 0.55 kill percentage.