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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2010) – After losing the first set to Finland, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team woke up to win the next three and captured its first 2010 FIVB World League victory, 3-1 (25-27, 25-18, 27-25, 25-18) on Friday in Tampere, Finland.
The U.S. Men improved their World League record to 1-2 while Finland fell to 1-2. The two teams will play again on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. ET; 8:30 a.m. PT). In the other Pool C match on Friday, Russia defeated Egypt, 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15).
U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) led all scorers with 22 points on a match-high 21 kills (0.57 kill percentage) and one block. Opposite Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) added 16 points on 13 kills (0.37) kill percentage, one block and two aces. Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) scored 13 points on seven kills (0.87 kill percentage), three blocks and a match-high three aces.
Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) totaled 12 points on a match-high nine blocks, two kills, and one ace. Outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) contributed 10 points on 10 kills (0.45 kill percentage).
"I think that this was well played match from both teams at this early stage of World League,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said in an FIVB release. “Finland was very aggressive in serves and put a pressure to us. I am very happy with my team."
Antti Siltala paced Finland with 20 points on 18 kills and two aces. Urpo Sivula added 16 points on 15 kills and one ace. They were the only Finnish players in double digits.
The U.S. Men out-blocked Finland 14-7 and the two teams were tied in aces 6-6. The U.S. scored 29 points on Finland errors while committing only 20.
U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) was credited with 23 running sets and no faults on 85 attempts. He set the U.S. team to a 0.46 kill percentage and a 0.33 hitting percentage. Finland’s kill percentage was 0.44 but its hitting percentage was 0.27.
The United States had 41 digs, led by Suxho with 12 and two faults on 16 attempts. U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 11 digs and three faults on 15 attempts and Salmon had seven digs and one fault on nine attempts.
Salmon led in “excellent” service receptions with 16 and four faults on 30 attempts. Rooney was credited with 15 excellent service receptions and no faults on 21 attempts. Lambourne had 11 excellent receptions and one fault on 17 attempts.
Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Rooney and Salmon at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Anderson at opposite, Suxho at setter and Rich Lambourne at libero.
He stuck with the starters throughout the match. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) played as a substitute.
The U.S. Men opened up an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set as the U.S. Men scored on a block by Millar, two kills from Salmon, a kill from Anderson and four Finland errors. The U.S. increased its lead to five at 12-7 when Finland scored on two quick kills to pull to 12-9. Later, with the U.S. leading 14-10, Finland pulled to within two points with two more straight kills. The two teams traded points until the U.S. reached the second TTO with a 16-13 lead on Finland’s serving error. Finland used a 3-1 run coming out of the break to pull to within one at 17-16, but Finland’s serving error put the U.S. Men back up by two. The teams traded points until Finland tied the score at 22-22 on two straight kills. Knipe called timeout, but a U.S. attack error put Finland ahead by one. Knipe called timeout and a Finland serving error tied the score for the U.S. An ace by Lee gave Team USA set point. But Finland responded with a kill and ace for its own set point at 25-24. Finland’s serving error tied the score at 25-25. But Finland scored twice on a kill and an ace to take the set.
Finland’s momentum carried it to a 6-3 lead in the second set. But the U.S. men responded with five straight points, including kills from Salmon, Anderson and Millar, to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. The teams traded points until the U.S. was leading 9-8. That’s when it scored three straight points on a Finland error, Lee block and Rooney kill. Finland Head Coach Mauro Berruto called timeout, but the U.S. responded with three more straight points on kills by Lee and Anderson and an ace from Millar. With Team USA leading 15-8, Finland stopped the barrage with a block. The U.S. Men scored again on a Rooney kill to ready the second TTO. After the break, Finland scored twice to cut the U.S. lead to 16-10. But the U.S. Men kept up the pressure with three straight points on a Rooney kill and blocks by Lee and Anderson. The United States led 21-12 when Finland went on a 5-1 run that forced Knipe to call another timeout. A Finland serving error gave the U.S. a 23-17 lead. A Finland attack made it 23-18. But a Rooney attack gave the U.S. Men set point and Anderson ended things with a block.
The U.S. Men led 8-4 at the first TTO of the third set, scoring on two kills by Rooney, two from Salmon, a kill and block from Millar and a Lee block. Finland got a kill before the U.S. Men scored on a kill by Anderson and ace from Millar to force Berruto to call timeout. The two teams traded points until the U.S. led 13-8. Finland got the serve on Team USA’s service error and then scored four straight points to tie the score at 13-13. The U.S. Men regained the lead on Salmon’s kill and the two teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 17-16. Finland scored twice to go ahead 18-17. The U.S. regained it on two straight Anderson kills. Finland took it back once again on two straight kills. Knipe called timeout and the U.S. responded with straight kills by Rooney and Anderson. Two straight U.S. errors gave Finland a 22-21 lead and the teams traded points until Finland reached set point at 24-23. A Salmon kill tied the score at 24-24 and Lee’s block gave Team USA the set point. Finland fought back with a kill. But Rooney, dealing with a bloody nose, ended the set with two successful attacks.
Team USA took an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the fourth set, scoring on two kills and a block from Millar, an attack and ace by Anderson and a Salmon kill. A block by Rooney gave the U.S. a 9-5 lead. The teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 11-7. Finland scored three straight points on an ace and two U.S. errors to pull to within one point at 11-10. Team USA fought it off with an attack by Rooney and a Lee block. With the U.S. leading 17-13, Finland again scored three straight points to pull to within one. Knipe called timeout and the United States’ Millar took the serve on Finland’s setting error. Millar served for the next five points, including an ace, two more blocks from Lee and a Rooney kill. Finland called timeout and responded with a kill to make the score 23-17. But Team USA reached match point on Finland’s serving error. A U.S. hitting error gave the Finns one more point before Rooney ended the match with a kill.
For the U.S. Men's World League Media Guide, click here.
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To read Rob Browning’s World League blog, click here.
The USA Volleyball page for World League information is http://usavolleyball.org/events/2878.
To visit the FIVB World League page with photos, statistics and live scoring, click here.
2010 FIVB World League
June 11-12 in Tampere, Finland
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 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)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 C Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
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: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Pool C Standings (As of June 11)
Country (points) record
Russia (9) 3-0
Finland (4) 1-2
USA (3) 1-2
Egypt (2) 1-2
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
Location: Tampere, Finland
June 11: United States def. Finland, 25-27, 25-18, 27-25, 25-28
Date: July 2-3
Location: Cairo, Egypt
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