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Nov 11 U.S. Men's Update: Hear from Millar in Poland

Nov. 11, 2010, 6:39 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. (Nov. 11, 2010) – U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and his Polish Superliga team Asseco Resovia Rzeszów lead the league after two victories this week.

On Nov. 7, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated Fart Kielce, 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-13, 25-22). Millar started the first two sets and subbed in the fourth, scoring two points on one kill and one block.

To view photos from the match, click here.

On Nov. 10, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów beat ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, 3-2 (26-24, 25-21, 12-25, 22-25, 15-13). Millar started all five sets and scored seven points on three kills (0.33 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace.

To read a Google translation of a Polish interview with Millar, who says he is still not completely recovered from the sprained ankle that kept him off the United States’ World Championship team, click here.

RUSSIA

The teams in the Russian Super League began play in the Cup of Russia this week; not to be confused with the Russian Supercup competition, which took place a couple weeks ago.

Zenit Kazan, featuring Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), has won its first two matches in Group A. On Tuesday (Nov. 9), Kazan defeated Ugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk, 25-11, 30-28, 25-22. Priddy started and scored three points for Kazan while Ball added one.

On Wednesday (Nov. 10), Kazan topped Yaroslavich Yaroslavl, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22. Priddy started and scored 10 points. Ball also started but did not score.

To view photos of a Zenit Kazan practice on Nov. 5, click here.

On Thursday, Kazan will play U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and his team Ufa Ural, which is also undefeated in Group A. On Nov. 9, Stanley scored 24 points on 16 kills, five blocks and three aces, as Ufa defeated Yaroslavl, 3-1 (25-21, 15-25, 25-14, 25-16).

On Nov. 10, Ufa topped Nizhnevartovsk, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23. Stanley had 11 points on eight kills, one block and two aces.

Two other U.S. players are in Group D and on Nov. 9 they squared off as setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Fakel Novy Urengoi defeated middle blocker David Hansen (Alpine, Calif.) and Kuzbass Kemerovo, 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 25-21). To view photos from the match, click here.

On Nov. 10, Kemerovo came back to defeat Dorozhnik Krasnoyarsk, 25-23, 25-19, 25-15.

Meanwhile, Fakel fell to Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17. To view photos from the match, click here.

ITALY

Marmi Lanza Verona, the Italian Serie A League team of U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) is 2-1 and in fifth place in the league after defeating BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte on Nov. 7, 3-2 (25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 24-26, 15-9).

Brunner started all five sets and scored 12 points on nine kills (0.41 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. Lotman played in four sets, starting the third, and scored six points on five kills and one block.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his team Copra Morpho Piacenza defeated Casa Modena, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20. Holt started all three sets and scored seven points on four kills (1.0 hitting percentage), one block and two aces.

Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza and U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) fell to Itas Diatec Trentino, 25-15, 25-12, 25-23. Rooney started the first two sets and scored five points on five kills (0.56 hitting percentage).

U.S. Men’s National Team outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored 14 points for Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, but it fell to Andreoli Latina, 25-19, 25-19, 33-31. Anderson scored on 11 kills (0.50 hitting percentage) and three blocks.

GREECE

GS Lamia, the Hellenic League team of U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) and middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) defeated Panellinios Athens, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 on Nov. 10.

Price started all three sets and led his team with 15 points on 12 kills (0.52 hitting percentage) and three blocks. Hein started all three sets and scored four points on two kills and two blocks. Kris Berzins, the son of U.S. Men’s National Team Olympic gold medalist Aldis Berzins, scored five points for Athens.

GS Lamia sits in third place in the league standings.

U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) is in second place with his Greek league team PAOK, which defeated Aris Thessaloniki, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23.

Iraklis Thessoloniki, the Hellenic League team of U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and outside hitter Ryan Jay Owens, beat Apollon Kalamarias, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21. Owens led his team with 13 points on 10 kills (0.36 hitting percentage), one block and two aces. Billings added 11 points on seven kills (0.36 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace.

Olympiakos, the Greek team of U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), defeated AO Kifisias, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 on Nov. 4. Jablonsky started all three sets and scored 11 points on seven kills (0.70 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace.

FINLAND

U.S. setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) is playing for Isku-volley (Shock volley in English) in Tampere, Finland, which appears to be in fifth place in the league standings. Most recently, Shoji set the team to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-15 victory over Salon Piivolley. Shoji scored three points on two kills and an ace and set the team to a 0.41 hitting percentage.

GERMANY

U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and his German league team SCC Berlin continue to lead the league after a 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24, 15-8) defeat of Generali Haching on Nov. 10.

Touzinsky substituted in the second set and started the final three, scoring nine points on nine kills (0.47 hitting percentage).

SPAIN

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and his Spanish league team Unicaja Almeria defeated MultiCaja Fábregas Sport, which includes U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.), 25-19, 26-24, 25-16 on Nov. 6.

Smith started all three sets and scored four points on three kills (0.50 hitting percentage) and one block for Almeria. Denmark started all three sets and scored six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace.

MIKE LAMBERT

Congratulations to U.S. Men's National Team member and two-time Olympian Mike Lambert (Kaneohe, Hawaii), who was inducted into Stanford University's Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 5.

A three-time All-American, Lambert led Stanford to its first NCAA title in men's volleyball, in 1997 under head coach Ruben Nieves.

Lambert was a member of the U.S. Men's National Team for five years (1995-96; 1998-2000) and represented the United States in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Games.

After graduating from Stanford with a degree in political science, Lambert played professionally in Italy for four years and also enjoyed a successful beach volleyball career. He played in 26 championship events with four different partners, winning titles with each of them. In 2004, the "Hawaiian Curtain" was named the AVP's Most Valuable Player and along with his partner Karch Kiraly, was also named the AVP's Team of the Year. He teamed with Stan Metzger to earn AVP honors again in 2006.

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