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Feb 17 U.S. Men's Update: Training in Anaheim

Feb. 17, 2010, 6:40 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. (Feb. 17, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team has updated its list of athletes training at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.

Hudson Bates (OH, Richmond, Va., George Mason)
Jonathan Charette (Opp, Fullerton, Calif., BYU)
Tyler Hildebrand (S, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
Jayson Jablonsky (OH, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
Cody Loe (MB, Chatsworth, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
John Parfitt (OH, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Pepperdine)
Mark Ribeiro (OH, New York, N.Y., Springfield College)
Jacob Schkud (OH, Santa Monica, Calif., Hawaii)
Joshua Stanhiser (MB, Loma Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
Dustin Watten (L, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
Matt Werle (S, Meadville, Pa., Juniata College)

Oleksiy Gutor (Kiev, Ukraine) is now playing for Ajaccio in France’s A League.

David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) is now playing for Spain’s Unicaja Almeria, which is leading its league.

In his first match with the team on Feb. 7, he started all three sets and scored six points on four kills and two aces as Almeria defeated Tenerife Sur, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18. U.S. player Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.), who also plays for Almeria, scored four points on one kill, two blocks and one ace.

On Feb. 14, Almeria topped Multicaja Fábregas Sport, 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 26-24). Smith started all four sets and scored 11 points on seven kills and four blocks.

Russia

Despite 19 points from Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of Stanley and Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) fell to Fakel Novy Urengoi, featuring Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), 2-3 (23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 9-15) on Feb. 13.

Rooney scored 11 points for Fakel on 11 kills. Hansen added five points on one kill and four blocks while playing all five sets at setter. Stanley scored his points on 16 kills, two blocks and one ace. Ball added three points on two kills and one block while playing all five sets at setter.

To view match photos on Fakel’s Web site, click here. To view match photos on Kazan’s Web site, click here.

Fakel is in fourth place in the league. Kazan maintains a one-point lead in the league over second-place Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.).

Novosibirsk defeated Ural Ufa, 3-1 (25-12, 15-25, 25-18, 25-21) on Feb. 13. Priddy scored 12 points on 10 kills and two aces. Lee added 10 points on nine kills and one block.  

On Feb. 17, Kazan was eliminated from the CEV Indesit Champions Cup, even though it defeated Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus, 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 27-29, 15-8). Because Piraeus had previously defeated Kazan, 3-1 in their first meeting on Feb. 10, Piraeus won with a 5-4 victory in overall sets won and advanced to the next round.

Turkey

Fenerbahce, the Turkish club team of Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) continues to lead the league after sweeping SGK, 25-21, 25-22, 28-26 on Feb. 14. Gardner scored 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), remains in second place as it swept Diltaş Eğt. Kurumu, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16, on Feb. 14. Millar scored 10 points on five kills and five blocks while Touzinsky added 10 points on 10 kills.

Halkbank, featuring Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) swept winless Belediye Plevne, 25-16, 25-22, 25-19, on Feb. 14, and is in sixth place in the league. Patak started all three sets and scored nine points on eight kills and one block.

Italy

Prisma Taranto, the Italian Serie A League team that includes Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), defeated Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, 3-2 (26-24, 28-26, 28-30, 15-25, 15-13) on Feb. 13. Suxho started all four sets at setter and scored four points on three kills and one block.

Marmi Lanza Verona, featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), defeated CoprAtlantide Piacenza, 3-1 (29-27, 28-26, 23-25, 25-18) on Feb. 14. Holt started all three sets and scored six points on three kills and three blocks.

Brazil

On Feb. 11, Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas fell to Cimed/Malwee, 17-25, 17-25, 24-26. Salmon started the third set and scored two points on two kills.

Poland

Delecta Bydgoszcz, the Polish league team of U.S. Men’s libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), fell to Siatkarz Wieluń, 23-25, 23-25, 9-25, on Feb. 12.

France

Poitiers, the French league team of Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) was swept by Sete, 22-25, 22-25, 18-25, on Feb. 13. Lotman scored six points on five kills and one block. Poitiers is in fourth place in the league.

Germany

RWE Volleys Bottrop, the German league team featuring Jonathan Winder, was swept by Generali Haching, 14-25, 18-25, 21-25 on Feb. 14. Winder started all three sets at setter but did not score.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Middle European Zone

Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck, the Austrian club team of Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), swept Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 in their second playoff match of the CEV Indesit Champions Cup on Feb. 17. Holmes started all three sets and scored two points on one kill and one block.

Innsbruck will advance to the next round of the Cup, which will be played the first week of March.

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