U.S. Men's Update: Two Teams Advance in Turkey

March 31, 2010, 6:18 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 31, 2010) – The playoffs have begun in Turkey, with two teams that include members of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team advancing to the next round.

Fenerbahce, the Turkish team of Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), swept two matches from Maliye Milli Piyango two win the best-of-three, first-round series.

On March 26, Fenerbahce defeated Maliye Milli Piyango, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21. Gardner scored 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace. His kill percentage was 0.47. On March 29, Fenerbahce won the second match, 25-21, 25-15, 25-18. Gardner scored eight points on six kills and two aces.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye (IBB), the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), had to play three matches to defeat SGK and advance in the playoffs.

On March 26, IBB fell to SGK, 1-3 (31-33, 27-25, 20-25, 18-25). Touzinsky scored14 points on 14 kills in the match and had a kill percentage of 0.47. Millar scored seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace and had a kill percentage of 0.57.

On March 29, IBB came back to defeat SGK, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21. Millar scored six points on five kills and one ace and had a hitting percentage of 1.00. Touzinsky did not play.

IBB won the tiebreaker on March 30, 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18). Millar played only the first set and scored one point on one block. Touzinsky did not play.

Halkbank, the Turkish team of Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) was eliminated from the playoffs after losing two out of three matches to Arkas Spor.

On March 26, Halkbank defeated Arkas Spor, 3-2 (25-16, 25-18, 22-25, 15-25, 17-15). Patak substituted in two sets and did not score. On March 29, Arkas Spor came back to beat Halkbank, 3-1 (3-1 25-18 25-17 22-25 25-22). Patak substituted in two sets and scored seven points on six kills and one block. His kill percentage was 0.67.

Arkas Spor won the tiebreaker on March 30, 3-1 (26-24, 29-27, 24-26, 25-22). Patak substituted in all four sets and scored two points on two kills.

Fenerbahce will play Arkas Spor in the next round while IBB will play Ziraat Bankası.


  • Besides Karch Kiraly, name the only other U.S. man to play in the Olympics on both a U.S. indoor team and a U.S. beach team.

Southern California Scrimmages

The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team is holding two intersquad scrimmages in Southern California in May.

On May 15, the team will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at JSerra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano.

On May 21, the team will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid at 1250 North Bellflower Blvd., in Long Beach.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids and seniors and LBSU students will get in free. Tickets are available at the Walter Pyramid box office or online at www.longbeachstate.com.


Fakel Novy Urengoi, the Russian team of Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), opened the playoffs on March 31 with a 19-25, 13-25, 20-25 loss to Dynamo Moscow.

Other Russian teams will play their first playoff matches on April 1.


Marmi Lanza Verona, featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), has lost its second playoff match to league-winner Itas Diatec Trentino on March 28, 2-3 (18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 14-25, 12-15). Holt did not play in the match.


Vivo/Minas, the Brazilian league team featuring Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), has gone 2-1 in its last three matches.

On March 21, Vivo/Minas fell to Montes Claros/Funadem, 1-3 (21-25, 31-29, 20-25, 20-25). Salmon started all four sets and scored 11 points on 11 kills with a kill percentage of 0.58.

On March 25, Vivo/Minas swept Upis/Brasilia, 25-14, 25-16, 25-22. Salmon started all three sets and scored nine points on nine kills with a kill percentage of 0.64.

Salmon scored eight points on six kills and two blocks on March 27 as Vivo/Minas swept Funvic/Uptime Cuiabã, 25-13, 25-12, 25-20. Salmon’s kill percentage was 0.6. Vivo/Minas is in eighth place in the league.


Poitiers, the French League team of Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), fell to Montpellier, 2-3 19-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 13-15 on March 28. Lotman started the first two sets and substituted in the fifth, scoring seven points, including two aces.

Poitiers, which is in fourth place in the league, has also advanced to the semifinals of the French Cup, where it will play league-leading Tours on April 1.


RWE Volleys Bottrop, the German league team of Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs where it is playing league-winner VfB Friedrichshafen

On March 27, Bottrop fell 1-3 (23-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-19) to VfB Friedrichshafen. Winder started all four sets at setter and scored eight points on five kills, one block and two aces. He set the team to a 0.35 kill percentage.

On March 31, Bottrop lost again, 1-3 (16-25, 20-25, 25-22, 18-25).

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.

You can also download the podcast from iTunes by clicking here.

Trivia Answer

  • Eric Nygaard played on the indoor Olympic team in 1996 and 2000 and then joined Dain Blanton on the beach to compete at the 2004 Olympic Games.