U.S. Men's Update: Patak Attack Continues

March 03, 2010, 6:27 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. (March 3, 2010) –  U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team member Evan Patak led his Turkish league team Halkbank with 27 points as it defeated Besiktas, 3-2 (21-25, 26-24, 25-12, 27-29, 16-14) on Feb. 28.

Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored on 24 kills and three aces. Halkbank sits in fifth place in the league.

Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) led Fenerbahce with 13 points on 13 kills as it swept Bozkurt Belediye, including U.S. player Ryan Burrow, 25-16, 25-23, 25-22, on Feb. 28. Fenerbahce leads the league. 

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), remains in second place after sweeping Maliye Milli Piyango, 29-27, 25-23, 25-12, on Feb. 28. Touzinsky scored nine points on nine kills. Millar scored seven points on three kills and four aces.


  1. Which player on the 2008 Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team graduated with a degree in chemical engineering?
  2. Who was the youngest player on the U.S. Men’s roster in 2009?
  3. Why did the members of the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team shave their heads?


All three Russian Super League teams with U.S. players had a rough weekend.

First-place Zenit Kazan, featuring Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), fell to Dynamo Moscow, 1-3 (25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 21-25) on Feb. 27. Stanley led Kazan with 14 points on 12 kills, one block and one ace. Ball started the entire match at setter and scored three points on two blocks and one ace.

Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), still sits in third place after suffering a 2-3 loss to Gazprom-Ugra (25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 23-25, 12-15) on Feb. 27. Lee finished with 16 points on eight kills, seven blocks and one ace. Priddy had 13 points on nine kills, one block and three aces.

Right behind Novosibirsk is Fakel Novy Urengoi, including Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) in fourth place. Fakel fell to Yaroslavich Yaroslavl, 1-3 (21-25, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25) on Feb. 27. Rooney scored 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace. Hansen started all four sets at setter and scored three points on one kill and two blocks.

To view photos from the match, click here.

The NET Live

The NET Live is an Internet radio show hosted by former U.S. Men’s Team player and two-time Olympian Kevin Barnett along with current team member, two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist Reid Priddy.

The show is usually broadcast at 10 a.m. PT on Mondays and features interviews with a variety of volleyball personalities along with banter by the two hosts and sidekick/engineer Dan “Kinda Good” Madden.

Click here to listen to the show.


Prisma Taranto, the Italian Serie A League team that includes Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), fell to Trenkwalder Modena, 1-3 (27-25, 19-25, 17-25, 23-25) on Feb. 28. Suxho started all four sets at setter and scored two points on one kill and one block while helping Taranto to a kill percentage of 0.5.

Marmi Lanza Verona, featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), lost to Itas Diatec Trentino, 1-3 (22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 32-34) on Feb. 28. Holt finished with 14 points on eight kills, two blocks and four aces. His hitting percentage was 0.62.


Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) was one of four players who scored 11 points as his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated Santo Andre on Feb. 25, 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21). Salmon had nine kills, one block and one ace.

Salmon scored eight points on Feb. 28 as Vivo/Minas defeated Volei Futuro, 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 25-27, 25-20).

On March 2, he started the first two sets and scored five points on five kills as Vivo/Minas swept Lupo/Nautico/Let’s, 25-22, 25-21, 25-15.


Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored 10 points on nine kills and one block as his French league team Poitiers swept Nice, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 on Feb. 27.

Middle European Zone

Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck, the Austrian club team of Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), fell to ACH Volley of Slovenia 2-3 (21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 25-18, 10-15) on Feb. 20.

Holmes started the final three sets and scored six points on six kills.


RWE Volleys Bottrop, the German league team of Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), swept evivo Düren, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24 on Feb. 27. Winder started all three sets at setter and scored two points on one kill and one block.

To view photos from the match, click here.


Unicaja Almeria, the Spanish league featuring U.S. players David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) swept C.V. Caravaca Año Santo 2010, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23 on Feb. 28. Denmark started the first two sets and scored five points on three kills, one block and one ace. Smith started the third set and scored two points on one kill and one ace.

Trivia Answers

  1. Tom Hoff
  2. Matt Anderson
  3. They were protesting a decision by the FIVB that overturned a U.S. victory over Japan in the first match of the Games. Bob Samuelson, a U.S. player who was bald, had been given two yellow cards in a set. Japan said the second card should have been red and Japan should have been given a point, which would have ended the match with a Japanese victory in four sets. Instead, the U.S. team went on to win the fourth and fifth sets.