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U.S. Men's Update: Kazan Looking for One More Win

May 12, 2010, 5:47 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. (May 12, 2010) – Zenit Kazan, the Russian team that includes Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), is one match away from winning the Russian Super League championship.

Kazan swept Lokomotiv Belogorie in their first two matches in the best-of-five playoff series.  

On May 8, Kazan defeated Belogorie, 25-21, 26-24, 25-15. Stanley scored 10 points on nine kills and one block and had a kill percentage of 0.47. Ball scored three points on one kill and two aces. He set the team to a 0.48 kill percentage and a 0.41 hitting percentage.

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On May 9, Kazan topped Belogorie, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18. Stanley scored 12 points on eight kills, one block and three aces. His kill percentage was 0.44. Ball scored three points on two kills and one block. He set the team to a 0.56 kill percentage and a 0.45 hitting percentage.

To view photos, click here.

The next match is scheduled for May 13.

It turns out Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian Super League team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), was not quite done for the season. Although the team lost in the semifinals to Lokomotiv Belogorie, it is now playing a best-of-five, third-place tournament against Dynamo Moscow.

Novosibirsk is 1-1 with Moscow after two matches.

On May 8, Novosibirsk defeated Moscow, 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 33-31, 25-18). Priddy scored 18 points on 14 kills and four blocks and had a 0.61 kill percentage and a 0.52 hitting percentage. Lee added 10 points on six kills, three blocks and one ace. With no hitting errors, His kill and hitting percentages were 0.55.

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On May 9, Moscow came back to sweep Novosibirsk, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20. Priddy scored six points on five kills and one block. His kill percentage was 0.33. Lee added four points on three kills and one block. His kill percentage was 0.43.

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The series will continue on May 13.

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 U.S. men’s A2 team will scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. and the U.S. National Team will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at JSerra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the JSerra ticket office or via e-mail at athletics@jserra.org.

On May 21, the U.S. men’s A2 team will scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. and the U.S. National 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.

Trivia

  • What years did U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Alan Knipe play on the U.S. National Team?
  • For which Olympic teams has U.S. Men’s Assistant Coach Gary Sato served as assistant coach?
  • At how many Olympic Games has Pepperdine men’s head coach Marv Dunphy worked with the U.S. Men’s National Team?

Portugal

Benfica, the Portuguese league team that includes Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) and Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.), lost the playoff championship to Sporting Espinho, falling 3-2 on May 8.

Touzinsky Appearance

Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) signed autographs, took pictures and showed off his 2008 Olympic gold medal at the ShowMe Qualifier on April 30 in Kansas City, Mo.

To view a photo gallery, click here.

Summer Training

The summer training block for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team began May 3 at the USA National Team Center in the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.
 
Players on the A2 team will be preparing for the NORCECA Pan American Cup on May 22-30 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Players on the National Team will be training for the FIVB World League, which begins June 4 when the team will be in Russia for the first weekend.

Here is a list of the players who are in the gym:

Ryan Ammerman (S; Parker, Colo.; UC Irvine)
Matt Anderson (OH; West Seneca, N.Y.; Penn State)
Kevin Hanson (S; Newport Beach, Calif.; Stanford)
Andy Hein (MB; Carol Spring, Ill.; Pepperdine)
Tyler Hildebrand (S; Mesa, Ariz.; Long Beach State)
Tom Hoff (MB; Park Ridge, Ill.; Long Beach State)
Russell Holmes (MB; Fountain Valley, Calif.; BYU)
Max Holt (MB; Cincinnati, Ohio; Penn State)
Jayson Jablonsky (OH; Yorba Linda, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Rich Lambourne (L; Tustin, Calif.; BYU)
Cody Loe (MB; Chatsworth, Calif.; Cal State Northridge)
Paul Lotman (OH; Lakewood, Calif.; Long Beach State)
Andy McGuire (L; Manhattan Beach, Calif.; UCSB)
Matt McKinney (Opp; Santa Ynez, Calif.; UCLA)
Evan Patak (Opp; Pleasanton, Calif.; UCSB)
Sean Rooney (OH; Wheaton, Ill.; Pepperdine)
Riley Salmon (OH; League City, Texas; Pierce College)
Jacob Schkud (OH; Santa Monica, Calif.; Hawaii)
Donald Suxho (S; Korce, Albania; USC)
Brian Thornton (S; San Clemente, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Scott Touzinsky (OH; St. Louis, Mo.; Long Beach State)
Dustin Watten (L; Long Beach, Calif.; Long Beach State)
Matt Webber (OH; Brentwood, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Jonathan Winder (S; Irvine, Calif.; Pepperdine)

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 Answers

  • 1992-93
  • 1988 and 1992
  • Five: 1988 (head coach), 1996 (consultant coach), 2000 (assistant coach), 2004 (consultant coach) and 2008 (consultant coach)
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