U.S. Men's Update: The Speeding Train

March 11, 2010, 6:52 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 11, 2010) – In a battle of Russian Super League teams with U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team players, Lokomotiv Novosibirsk topped Fakel Novy Urengoi, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 on March 6.

David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) each scored 10 points for Novosibirsk. Lee scored on six kills, three blocks and one ace. Priddy had eight kills one block and one ace. Priddy’s hitting percentage was 0.8. Lee’s was 0.71.

Rooney led Fakel with 11 points on 11 kills. Hansen added one point on one kill at setter.

Novosibirsk is in third place in the league while Fakel is in fourth.

To view Novosibirsk’s photos from the match, click here.

Zenit Kazan, featuring Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), maintained its first-place standing in the league by defeating Lokomotiv Izumrud, 25-18, 25-20, 25-14.

Stanley scored nine points on seven kills and two aces. Ball scored two points on one kill and one ace while setting for Kazan.

To view Kazan’s photos from the match, click here.

Ball’s E-Book Now Available

Lloy Ball’s biography, "The Biggest Mistake I Never Made," is now available for download.

The book details the life and career of Ball, a four-time Olympian, including his experience in Beijing when the U.S. Men won the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

The E-book costs $9.95. For more information, 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.


  • Which member of the 2008 U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team used to double date with the founder of Google?
  • Which member of the 2004 U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team appeared on The Price is Right?
  • What was the first Olympic Games to use rally scoring?


Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye (IBB), the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), won an epic battle over Galatasaray this week, 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 35-33) on March 7.

Touzinsky started all five sets and scored 16 points on 14 kills and two blocks. Millar started the first two sets and substituted in the next three, scoring three points on three kills. IBB is in second place in the league.

Leading the league is Fenerbahce, the team of Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), which lost to Beşiktaş, 2-3 (24-26, 25-13, 28-26, 23-25, 11-15) on March 5.

Gardner led Fenerbahce with 26 points on 20 kills, four blocks and two aces.

Also on the losing end this week was Halkbank, the Turkish team of Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), which fell to Ziraat Bankasi, 15-25, 23-25, 19-25 on March 7. Patak scored six points on six kills for Halkbank.


Prisma Taranto, the Italian Serie A League team that includes Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), fell to Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 23-25, 20-25, 23-25 on March 7. Suxho started all three sets at setter and scored two points on two blocks.

Marmi Lanza Verona, featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), lost to Acqua Paradiso Monza, 1-3 (18-25, 25-16, 25-27, 20-25) on March 6. Holt started all four sets and scored six points on five kills and one block.


Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) scored five points on five kills as his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas fell to Pinheiros/Sky, 1-3 (25-20, 19-25, 24-26, 20-25).

On March 6, Vivo/Minas was swept by Sesi/SP, 20-25, 17-25, 21-25. Salmon scored five points on four kills and one block.

Vivo/Minas is in seventh place in the league.


Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored nine points on seven kills and two aces as his French league team Poitiers was swept by league-leading Tours, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 on March 6. Poitiers is in fourth place in the league.

CEV Indesit Champions Cup

Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck, the Austrian club team of Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), fell to ACH Volley Bled, 1-3 (20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 19-25) on March 10 in their second match of the CEV Indesit Champions Cup tournament. Holmes scored seven points on four kills, one block and two aces.
Because the two teams were tied 4-4 in overall sets won, they played a tiebreaking “Golden Set,” which ACH Volley Bled won, 15-10, eliminating Innsbruck from the tournament.


Unicaja Almeria, the Spanish league featuring David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), swept C.V. Cajasol Puerto Real, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 on March 5. Smith scored eight points on four kills, two blocks and two aces.

Trivia Answers

  • Gabe Gardner
  • Phil Eatherton
  • 2000 in Sydney