U.S. Men to Hold Second Scrimmage in Long Beach

May 20, 2010, 4:26 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org  

To view the Data Project statistics from the U.S. Men’s National Team scrimmage on May 15, click here.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 20, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will hold the second of two intersquad scrimmages on Friday (May 21) at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with players from the A2 Men’s National Team, some of whom will be competing next week (May 22-30) at the Pan American Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

There will be a second scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. among the U.S. Men’s National Team players who are on the roster for the 2010 FIVB World League, which begins June 4.

In addition to the scrimmages, a reception is being held for former members of the U.S. Men’s National Team, including many Olympians. Among those expected to attend are Mike Dodd, Chris Marlowe, Doug Partie, Jeff Stork and Troy Tanner.

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 (1250 North Bellflower Blvd.) or online at www.longbeachstate.com.

Media who wish to attend the scrimmage are asked to contact B.J. Evans at bj.evans@usav.org.

JSerra Scrimmage

The first of the two scrimmages was held May 15 at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) found it a very positive experience.

“I thought the people at JSerra did a great job putting the event together. It had a real match feel and a good crowd,” Knipe said.

“I thought level of volleyball was good for the few weeks of training we’ve had. It showed we’re starting to develop some good depth.”

Both the A2 and National teams scrimmaged, however statistics were only available for the National Team’s match.

The starters on the winning team, USA1, were Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) at outside hitter, Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) at middle blocker, Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) at setter, Dean Bittner (Lakewood, Calif.) at opposite and Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) at libero.

The starters on the USA2 team were Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) at outside hitter, Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) at middle blocker, Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) at setter, Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) at opposite and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero.

USA1 defeated USA2 in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21.

Anderson led USA1 with 13 points on 12 kills (0.67 kill percentage), one block and three aces. Rooney added 10 points on 10 kills (0.38 kill percentage). Holt totaled nine points on four kills (0.67 kill percentage), a match-high four blocks and one ace. Holmes contributed seven points on six kills (0.50 kill percentage) and one block.

Suxho scored five points on one kill, two blocks and a match-high two aces. He set the team to a 0.53 kill percentage. Bittner scored five points on four kills (0.44 kill percentage) and one block.

Reft was credited with 13 receptions, 38 percent excellent. Anderson had 18 receptions, 50 percent excellent and Rooney had 23 receptions, 39 percent excellent.

Playing as substitutes, Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) scored five points on five kills (0.71 kill percentage) and Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) had one point on one kill.

For USA2, Patak led the scoring with 13 points on 12 kills (0.44 kill percentage) and one ace. Salmon added 11 points on 10 kills (0.42 kill percentage) and one block. Lotman had nine points one nine kills (0.60 kill percentage).

Hein contributed seven points on three kills (0.38 kill percentage), three blocks and one ace. Millar added six points three kills (0.33 kill percentage) and three blocks. Hansen scored one points on one kill and set the team to a 0.45 kill percentage.

Playing as a substitute, Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) scored one point on one kill.

Lambourne was credited with 18 receptions, 56 percent excellent. Lotman had 23 receptions, 48 percent excellent.