U.S. Men's Update: Russian All-Star Winners
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 3, 2010) – A team of international all-stars, including six of the top U.S. Men’s Volleyball National Team players, defeated a team of Russian all stars 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 27-29, 25-20, 15-13) on Sunday in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Four U.S. players started for the international all-star team, Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), who both play for the Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan and David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), who both play for Lokomotiv Novosibirsk.
Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), who both play for Fakel Novy Urengoi, also played for the international all-stars.
Ball served as the international all stars’ team captain. Lee was named the match’s most valuable player. Stanley scored the final point of the match with a kill.
Priddy finished with 15 points while Lee had 13. Stanley scored 10 and Rooney had five. Ball scored one point while playing setter.
The international players had lost the last three all star matches.
Russian news outlets pointed out that Vladimir Alekno, the former Russian Men’s National Team head coach who led the international all stars, had lost to Ball and company at the 2008 Olympic Games, but won with them this time. The Russian all stars were coached by Italian Daniel Bagnoli, who replaced Alekno as the Russian Men’s National Team coach in 2009.
To view a video of the match, click here.
Regular Super League play will resume this weekend.
The Guaynabo Mets, featuring Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.), have a 2-1 match lead over Plataneros de Corozal, which includes Casey Patterson (Newbury Park, Calif.), Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.) in the finals of Puerto Rico’s men’s professional league.
The visiting Mets swept the first match on Jan. 30, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20. Vance led all scorers with 20 points on 18 kills, one block and one ace. Hoff added nine points on four kills, four blocks and one ace. Patterson led Corozal with 13 points on 13 kills. McKinney scored eight points on seven kills and one ace. Nielsen added four points on four kills.
Playing at home, Guaynabo won the second match, 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 15-13). Vance led the Mets with 23 kills on 22 kills and one block. Hoff totaled six points on three kills and three blocks. On the other side, Patterson led Corozal with 19 points on 16 kills and three blocks. Nielsen totaled 16 points on 13 kills and three blocks. McKinney added 13 points on 11 kills and two blocks.
Host Corozal came back on Feb. 1 to sweep the third match, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17. Nielsen led all scorers with 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. McKinney added 10 points on nine kills and one block while Patterson had 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. Vance led Guaynabo with 10 points on seven kills and three aces. Hoff added six points on six kills.
The series will resume Feb. 3 in Guaynabo.
Fenerbahce, the Turkish league team featuring Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), has moved into first place in the standings after defeating Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 28-26) on Jan. 31.
Gardner scored 14 points on 13 kills and one block for Fenerbahce. Millar had eight points on seven kills and one ace for second-place Istanbul. Touzinsky added seven points on six kills and one block.
Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored 13 points on 12 kills and one ace as his Turkish team Halkbank defeated SGK, 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21) on Jan. 31. Halkbank is in sixth place in the league.
Delecta Bydgoszcz, the Polish league team of U.S. Men’s libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), fell to AZS UWM Olsztyn 2-3 (25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 11-15) on Jan. 29. Lambourne was credited with 75 percent positive receptions.
Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated Funvic/Uptime/Cuiaba, 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-10) on Jan. 30. Salmon scored one point in two sets of play.
Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored 17 points on 11 kills, five blocks and one ace but his French team Poitiers fell to Toulouse, 2-3 (25-22, 25-17, 25-27, 22-25, 12-15) on Jan. 30. Poitiers is in fourth place in the French league.