U.S. Men's Update: Puerto Rico Playoffs

Jan. 20, 2010, 6:19 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. (Jan. 20, 2010) – U.S. beach volleyball player Ty Loomis (Warner Robins, Ga.) will play indoors with the Leones de Ponce as they make their playoff run in the semifinals of the Puerto Rican league.

Loomis, who played indoors collegiately for UC Irvine, played the majority of the 2009 AVP Tour with Casey Patterson (Newbury Park, Calif.), who plays in Puerto Rico for Plataneros de Corozal.

Corozal secured a spot in the semifinals with two straight victories over Patriotas de Lares.

On Jan. 14, a Corozal defeated Lares, 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 26-24). Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) led Corozal with 14 points on 11 kills, two blocks and one ace. Patterson added 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace. Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.) scored nine points on eight kills and one block.

On Jan. 15, Corozal swept Lares, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19. Patterson led all scorers with 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace. Nielsen added nine points on eight kills and one block.

The Guaynabo Mets swept Changos de Naranjito, 25-20, 25-20, 29-27, on Jan. 15. Guaynabo’s Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) led all scorers with 20 points on 15 kills, one block and four aces. Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) added six points on five kills and one block. For Naranjito, C.J. Macias (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored nine points on six kills and three blocks. Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) added eight points on five kills, two blocks and one ace.

Nuevos Gigantes de Carolina came back swept Guaynabo in the final quarterfinal round match on Jan. 17, 26-24, 25-21, 25-23. Vance had three points on three kills. Hoff had three points on one kills, one block and one ace.

The semifinals began on Jan. 18 as Carolina topped Corozal, 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22). Corozal’s Patterson led all scorers with 20 points on 15 kills, four blocks and one ace. Nielsen had 16 points on 14 kills and two aces. McKinney chipped in 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace.

On Jan. 19, Corozal swept Carolina, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21. Corozal’s Patterson led all scorers with 17 points on 17 kills. Nielsen added 10 points on nine kills and one block. McKinney scored eight points on six kills and two aces.

In the other semifinal on Jan. 19, Guaynabo topped Ponce, 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-19). Vance scored 13 points on 13 kills for Guaynabo while Hoff added six points on five kills and one block. Tony Ching (Hawaii) led Ponce with 22 points on 18 kills and four blocks. Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.) scored 18 points on 15 kills, one block and two aces. In his debut, Loomis scored five points on four kills and one ace.

Russia

Zenit Kazan continues to lead the Russian Super League with a 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-23, 26-24) victory over Ural Ufa on Jan. 16. Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) started the first three sets and scored 12 points on 11 kills and one ace. Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) started all four sets at setter and scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace.

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Fakel Novy Urengoi remained in second with a sweep of Dynamo Yantar, 25-18, 25-23, 25-21, on Jan. 16. Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) started all three sets for Fakel and scored 10 points on six kills, three blocks and one ace. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) started all three sets at setter and scored one point on one block.  

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Lokomotiv Novosibirsk sits in fifth place after a 3-1 (27-29, 27-25, 25-15, 25-22) victory on Jan. 17 over third-place Iskra Odintsovo. David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored 14 points on eight kills and six blocks. Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored eight points on six kills and two blocks.

Turkey

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), maintained its league lead with a 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 19-25, 25-20) victory over Beşiktaş on Jan. 17. Touzinsky started all four sets and scored 10 points on nine kills and one block. Millar started all four sets and scored nine points on five kills and four blocks.

Fenerbahce, which sits third in the league, defeated Diltaş Eğt. Kurumu, 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16) on Jan. 17. U.S. Men’s player Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) substituted in the second set and started the third and fourth, scoring 10 points on 10 kills.

Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored five points for Halkbank as it fell to Arkas Spor on Jan. 17, 0-3 (23-25, 18-25, 20-25). Patak substituted in the first two sets and started the third set, scoring on five kills.

Brazil

Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated Fatima/Medquimica/UCS on Jan. 16, 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 27-25, 25-14). Salmon substituted in the first set and started the next three, scoring nine points on eight kills and one ace.

Germany

Setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) made his debut with RWE Volleys Bottrop on Jan. 14 as it defeated the Wuppertal TITANS 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18). Winder started all four sets and scored four points on three kills and one block.

On Jan. 17, RWE Volleys Bottrop beat Netzhoppers KW, 3-1 (25-20, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18). Winder again started all four sets and scored seven points on three kills and four blocks.

Poland

Delecta Bydgoszcz, the Polish league team of U.S. Men’s libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) beat AZS Częstochowa on Jan. 17, 3-2 (23-25, 35-20, 25-23, 16-25, 15-9).

France

Poitiers, the French league team of Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), swept Saint Quentin, 25-16, 25-22, 27-25, Jan. 16. Lotman started all three sets and scored seven points on six kills and one block. Poitiers is in second place in the league.

Italy

Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his Italian Serie A League team Marmi Lanza Verona fell to Sisley Treviso on Jan. 17, 2-3 (25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 10-15). Holt started all five sets and scored 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace.

CEV Indesit Champions League

Zenit Kazan finished the main phase of the Indesit Champions League with a 5-1 record after losing to Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia on Jan. 20. Neither Ball nor Stanley played in the match for Kazan.

Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Austrian team Hypo Tirol Innsbruck also lost on Jan. 20 to Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 1-3 (25-22, 23-25, 18-25, 24-26). The finish the main phase with a 3-3 record.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye lost its final main phase match to France’s Paris Volley, 1-3 (23-25, 26-24, 23-25, 19-25) on Jan. 20. Millar led Istanbul, scoring 16 points on 10 kills, five blocks and one ace. Touzinsky scored 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Istanbul completed the main phase with a record of 2-4.

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