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CONCORD, N.C. (June 18, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team held off a determined Egyptian team that never gave up, defeating the African zone champion, 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 14-25, 25-21) on Friday in an FIVB World League match before a crowd of 2,986 at Cabarrus Arena in Concord.
Team USA holds on to second place in Pool C and improves its record to 3-2. Egypt, in last place, falls to 1-4. The two teams will play again on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Cabarrus Arena (Buy tickets).
Two players making their 2010 World League debuts led the U.S. Men. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored 15 points on a match-high 14 kills (0.44 hitting percentage) and one block. Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) added 11 points on nine kills (0.64 hitting percentage), one block and one ace.
“It’s great to be back playing with the guys,” said Priddy, the team captain who had to leave the team before its first match against Russia due to a family emergency. “This match was fun. It was intense.”
Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored eight points on two kills, a match-high four blocks and a match-high two aces. Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) scored eight points on five kills, three blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored eight points on seven kills 0.36 hitting percentage).
Mohamed Badawy paced Egypt with 14 points on 13 kills and one block. Ahmed El Kotb added 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace.
Team USA out-blocked Egypt 11-7 and had six aces while Egypt had three. Team USA was credited with a 0.26 hitting percentage and a 0.43 kill percentage. Egypt’s hitting and kill percentages were the same.
Starting U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) was injured in the third set and replaced by Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.). The switch seemed to affect the United States’ rhythm and it lost the set 25-14.
“We have to do a better job of responding in situations like that,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “I took us too long to get the rhythm back. You don’t want to give a team as talented as Egypt any opportunities.”
The U.S. came back in the fourth set led by Anderson, who substituted for starting outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) in the third set and started the fourth. He scored on five kills and one ace in the fourth set.
Among other U.S. players, Rooney and outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) each finished with four points on four kills. Suxho had three points on two blocks and one ace. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) had one point on an ace.
Suxho was credited with 15 running sets and one fault on 45 attempts. Hansen was credited with 11 running sets and no faults in 38 attempts.
Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team in excellent receptions with 10 and one fault on 19 attempts. Rooney had nine excellent receptions and no faults on 16 attempts. Lambourne also led the team in digs with eight and two faults in 15 attempts.
Knipe started Priddy and Rooney at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Suxho at setter and Lambourne at libero. Anderson substituted for Rooney in the third set and started the fourth. Salmon came in for Priddy in the second set and started the third and fourth. Hansen substituted for Suxho in the third set and started the fourth. Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Patak played as substitutes.
Egypt started out strong in the first set, taking an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO). Stanley had three kills for the United States. Team USA stayed in it, using a block from Lee and a Priddy kill to eventually tie the score at 9-9. With the score tied 10-10, Egypt used a kill by Abdel Latif Ahmed and ace from Ahmed Abdelhay to lead 12-10. However, Egypt’s service error gave the serve to Stanley who served for the next seven points, giving the U.S. a 17-12 lead. Suxho had two blocks in the run. Rooney had two kills and Priddy had one. Stanley’s service error ended his run and Egypt cut the lead to three at 19-16. But the U.S. used a block and Priddy kill along with an Egypt error to increase the lead to six at 22-16. With Priddy serving, Team USA reached set point first at 24-18 and an Egypt error gave Team USA the set victory.
The teams were tied 6-6 in the second set when Egypt’s error and Priddy’s ace gave Team USA an 8-6 lead at the scone TTO. The U.S. extended the lead to 9-6 before Egypt got the ball back on a service error and Team USA later increased its lead to four points at 11-7 on Lee’s second ace. The U.S. led 11-8 when Stanley got the serve on Priddy’s kill and increased the U.S. lead to 14-8 on Stanley’s kill and an Egypt error. The U.S. led 16-10 at the second TTO. Team USA led 17-11 when Suxho took the serve on Priddy’s kill and served for two more points, including an ace. Trailing 19-11, Egypt took a timeout and Badaway ended the run with a kill. Team USA reached set points first at 24-13. Egypt scored on El Kotb’s kill and a U.S. error before Millar ended the set with a kill off a quick set.
Egypt took control of the third set right away and was leading 7-3 when Knipe substituted Hansen for an injured Suxho. Egypt went into the first TTO with an 8-3 advantage. Team USA pulled to within two at 8-6. But Abdalla Ahmed got the serve on a kill by Badawy and served for the next seven points, including an ace, to give Egypt a 16-6 lead at the second TTO. The U.S. cut the lead to 16-8 on two straight points on kills by Stanley and Salmon. But Team USA couldn’t put together two points in a row and Egypt led 21-13 when it scored three straight points behind the serving of Abdalla Ahmed to reach set point. Egypt’s error gave the U.S. one more point before Badawy gave Egypt the set victory with a kill.
Team USA got its bearings in the fourth set and led 8-5 at the first TTO, including a kill from Anderson, who substituted for Rooney, a kill from Stanley and a Lee block. Team USA extended the lead to 10-6 before Egypt scored. Egypt had closed the U.S. lead to 14-13 when Anderson had two straight kills to give Team USA a 16-13 lead at the second TTO. Following the break, Egypt got the serve back on a U.S. error, but another Anderson kill put the U.S. ahead, 17-14 and gave him the serve, which he promptly used to get an ace. Italian Head Coach Antonio Giacobbe called timeout, but Team USA got one more point on Egypt’s error to go ahead 19-14. The U.S. lead was still five when it reached match point at 24-19. Egypt scored two more points on a Rashad Atia kill and a block, but Egypt’s service error gave the U.S. Men the victory.
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2010 FIVB World League
June 18-19 in Concord, N.C.
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 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)
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)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Brent Hilliard
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Mike Seely
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Team Doctor: Michael Terry
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Pool C Standings (As of June 18)
Country (points) record
Russia (14) 5-0
USA (9) 3-2
Finland (4) 1-4
Egypt (3) 1-4
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
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: 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
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