U.S. Men Exit to Egypt for Fifth Week of World League

July 01, 2010, 6:33 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. (July 1, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team is in the land of the pyramids and Sphinx this weekend, but sightseeing is not the reason for this trip to Cairo, Egypt.

The United States is hoping for two more notches in the win column when it plays Egypt in two FIVB World League matches on July 2-3 (10 a.m. PT both days) in Cairo.

After four weekends of World League Intercontinental Round pool play, the United States is in second place in Pool C with a 5-3 record. Egypt is in fourth place at 1-7. Russia leads the pool with a perfect 8-0 record and will play in Finland on July 2-3.

Team USA defeated Egypt twice when they place on June 18-19 in Concord, N.C. The United States won the first match, 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 14-25, 25-21). It took the second match, 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 11-25, 25-14).

The following weekend (June 25-26) it lost a match to Finland on Friday, 3-2 (25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11) before defeating the Finns on Saturday, 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23).

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) would like to see his team get away from the mental lapses that seem to crop up in each match.

“We need to play each point and each set with the same intensity,” Knipe said. “We need to do better with passing and serve receive.”

Team USA is still without setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), who had been playing well before hurting his calf during the first match against Egypt in North Carolina. It will also be without middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) who are staying in the United States for personal reasons.

Middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) will make his 2010 World League debut with the team in Egypt.

Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) leads the U.S. team in scoring with 83 points on 42 kills, 34 blocks and seven aces. Lee’s 34 blocks leads all World League players. His average is 1.03 per set.

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) is the second leading U.S. scorer with 77 points on 67 kills, for blocks and six aces.

Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) is fifth among all servers with an average of 0.31 per set. Stanley missed the first two weekends of World League while recovering from his winter spent with the Russian club team Zenit Kazan.

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) is seventh among diggers with 61 for an average of 1.91 per set.

Egypt has been paced by Ahmed Abdelhay, who has 128 points on 110 kills, eight blocks and 10 aces. Abdel Latif Ahmed is its best blocker with an average of 0.69 per set. Abdalla Ahmed is its top server with 0.44 aces per set.

Team USA will play its final two World League pool play matches against Russia on July 9-10 in Wichita, Kan. (7 p.m. CT on Friday and 6 p.m. CT on Saturday). The U.S. Team is hoping that victories in these two matches can lead to a spot in the final round on July 21-25 in Argentina.

U.S. World League matches are being shown via tape delay on Comcast Sportsnet stations, with the final matches against Russia being shown on Versus. Click here for a schedule.

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2010 FIVB World League

July 2-3 in Cairo, Egypt

U.S. Roster (Roster will be reduced to 12 for the matches)
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 C David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)  
11 Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-4, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Andy Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Arnie Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Shawn Patchell (Provo, Utah)
Doctor: Chris Koutures
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool C Standings (As of June 26)
Country (points) record
Russia (23) 8-0
USA (16) 5-3
Finland (6) 2-6
Egypt (3) 1-7

Note: Match won 3-0 or 3-1: 3 points for the winner, 0 point for the loser
Match won 3-2: 2 points for the winner, 1 point for the loser
In case of tie, the teams will be classified according to the following criteria: number of matches won, points ratio and sets ratio

2010 U.S. World League Schedule and Results

Date: June 4-5
Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia
June 4: Russia def. United States, 25-15, 26-24, 25-14
June 5:
Russia def. United States, 25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Finland
Location: Tampere, Finland
June 11: United States def. Finland, 25-27, 25-18, 27-25, 25-28
June 12: United States def. Finland, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26

Date: June 18-19
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.
June 18: United States def. Egypt, 25-19, 25-15, 14-25, 25-21
June 19: United States def. Egypt, 25-20, 25-22, 11-25, 25-14

Date: June 25-26 (7 p.m. CT both days)
Opponent: Finland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
June 25: Finland def. United States, 25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11
June 26: United States def. Finland, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23

Date: July 2-3
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Date: July 9 at 7 p.m. CT; July 10 at 6 p.m. CT
Opponent: Russia
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. - www.wichitasports.com/

Final Round (must qualify)
Date: July 21-25
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

Other Pool C Results
June 5: Egypt def. Finland, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, 15-13
June 6: Finland def. Egypt, 25-22. 23-25, 25-20, 25-19
June 11: Russia def. Egypt, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15
June 12: Russia def. Egypt, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8
June 18: Russia def. Finland, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18
June 19: Russia def. Finland, 25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-18
June 25: Russia def. Egypt, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16
June 26: Russia def. Egypt, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18