U.S. Men Win Five-Set Battle over Cameroon

Oct. 01, 2010, 6:19 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 1, 2010) – U.S. Team Captain Reid Priddy celebrated his birthday on Friday by leading the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team to an emotional 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 25-27, 25-20, 15-7) victory over Cameroon on Friday at the FIVB World Championship in Ancona, Italy.

The U.S. Men improve to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Pool L. They must wait for the results of Saturday’s match between Cameroon (1-3 overall, 0-1 in pool) and Czech Republic (3-1, 1-0 in pool) at 8 a.m. Pacific Time to find out if they will move on in the tournament.

If Czech Republic beats Cameroon, the U.S. Men will finish second in the pool and will advance to Pool O in Rome. If Cameroon should win, then all three teams would finish 1-1 and it would come down to the tie-breaker, which is the points ratio.

Priddy (Richmond, Va.), an outside hitter who turned 33, scored 26 points on 22 kills (0.43 hitting percentage) and four aces. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished with 27 points on 21 kills (0.44 hitting percentage), one block and a match-high five aces.

"It’s been a difficult year and a half. We’ve had a lot of adversity, family issues, problems with the team and it’s been difficult to find our team rhythm,” Priddy said. “And I’m not sure we found that tonight either. Tonight's match seemed like a street fight. Cameroon played a good match.

"I'm happy we won, but we are not excited about the position we are in having to wait on the results of someone else's match."

Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) finished with 10 points on seven kills (0.70 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. Five of Lotman’s points came in the tie-breaker, where he had four kills and one block.

Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) also finished with 10 points on six kills (0.23 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace.

Cameroon’s Jean Patrice Ndaki Mboulet led all scorers with 29 points on a match-high 27 kills and Cameroon’s only two aces. Nathan Wounembaina added 17 points on 16 kills and one block. Olivier Nongny Mefani scored 12 points on seven kills and a match-high five blocks.

As a team, the United States hit 42 percent (65 kills and 15 errors on 119 attempts). Cameroon hit 31 percent (59 kills and 22 errors on 118 attempts). Team USA out-blocked Cameroon 9-8 and had 12 aces while Cameroon had two.

The U.S. was credited with 50 “excellent” serve receptions and two faults on 76 attempts. Lotman led the U.S. Men with 23 excellent receptions and one fault on 33 attempts. Priddy and Lambourne each added 13 excellent serve receptions. Cameroon had 45 excellent serve receptions and 12 faults on 89 attempts.

The U.S. was credited with 53 digs and 16 faults on 73 attempts, led by setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) with 14 digs and two faults on 17 attempts. Stanley had 10 digs and four faults on 16 attempts while libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) finished with nine digs and four faults on 13 attempts.

Cameroon had 50 digs and 21 faults on 82 attempts.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) had seven points on six kills and one ace. Hansen scored four points on one attack and three blocks. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) each scored one point on one kill.

Hansen was credited with 46 running sets and no faults on 116 attempts. A running set is defined as a set from a player that puts their hitter against one blocker or none.

U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Priddy and Anderson at outside hitter, Holmes and Holt at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Lotman substituted for Anderson in the first set and started the rest of the match. Lee substituted in the first, third and fourth sets and started the fifth for Holt. Setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) also played as a substitute.

After falling behind in sets 2-1, the U.S. Men scored the last three straight points in the fourth set to win 25-20. Cameroon, which had been showing great emotion throughout the match, began to look tired. The U.S. opened the tie-breaker by taking a 4-1 lead, including a block by Priddy and kills from Lee and Lotman. Cameroon called timeout and successfully iced Lotman, who served out of bounds. However a Stanley kill and Holmes block extended the U.S. lead to 6-2. As it had all match, Cameroon kept coming back and scored on a kill off the block to make it 6-3. After a Holmes quick kill, a strike from Cameroon made it 7-4. But a Stanley attack gave the United States an 8-4 lead at the side change and he followed that with an ace to put Team USA up 9-4. Cameroon called timeout and came back to score on a kill. Cameroon’s service error kept the U.S. lead at five, but Cameroon scored twice on a kill and block to pull to within three at 10-7. Lotman got the serve back for the U.S. with a kill. Then Stanley served the final four points of the match, including a kill and a block by Lotman and the final two points coming on Stanley aces.

In the first set, Cameroon got off to a fast start, jumping to a 5-1 lead and holding an 8-4 edge at the first technical timeout (TTO), including four kills and two blocks. The United States scored on kills by Holmes, Anderson, Priddy and Stanley. The teams exchanged points until Cameroon’s lead was 13-9. A Priddy kill followed by a Cameroon error pulled the U.S. to within two at 13-11. Cameroon reached the second TTO with a 16-13 lead. But a Stanley block followed by a Priddy ace pulled the U.S. to within one point at 16-15. Cameroon responded with two straight kills to go back up by three. Cameroon extended the lead to 21-16 before Priddy and Stanley came through with one kill each to make it 21-18. Cameroon reached set point first at 24-21. A Priddy kill and Holt ace pulled Team USA to within one, but Cameroon scored on a final kill.

Cameroon led 3-2 in the second set when the U.S. Men used a 6-1 run, including a kill by Priddy and block from Lotman, to lead 8-4 at the first TTO. Cameroon came out of the break with a kill by Wounembaina. Holmes responded with a kill and Wounembaina had another kill. Holt responded with a successful strike followed by three straight aces from Stanley that gave the U.S. a 13-6 lead and caused Cameroon to call timeout. It came back with two points on a kill and a U.S. error. The two team traded points until the U.S. led 15-10. Holmes used a quick attack to help Team USA reach the second TTO. The United States came out of the break and scored the next five straight points, including two attacks by Priddy, one by Stanley and one from Holmes, to lead 21-10. The U.S. led 23-14 when Stanley scored on two straight attacks to end the set.

The third set looked like it would against be dominated by the United States after it took a 6-1 lead, scoring on four attacks by Holt and one each from Priddy and Stanley. But Cameroon came back to score four straight points, three on U.S. errors. Knipe called timeout and Priddy and Stanley scored on kill to give the U.S. an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. The teams exchanged points until the U.S. lead was 10-7. Cameroon came back with two points to pull to within one at 10-9, but Team USA came back with three points on a Cameroon error, Holmes ace and Holt attack. The Africans came back strong with four straight kills, including three from Wounembaina to tie the score at 13-13. Cameroon scored once before Priddy and Stanley again put together two attacks to give the U.S. a 16-14 lead at the second TTO. But later, with the U.S. still leading by two at 20-18, Cameroon tied the score with a block and an ace. Knipe called timeout and Stanley came back with a kill. Cameroon answered and Stanley scored again to give the U.S. a 22-21 edge. But Cameroon came back with two straight kills to lead 23-22. Stanley once again tied the score with a spike and Priddy gave the U.S. Men set point with an attack. But Cameroon called timeout and the U.S. had a service error. The U.S. took a second set point on Cameroon’s service error, but Cameroon tied it again with a kill. The Africans went up by one on a U.S. serving error and won the match with a kill.

The teams traded points to open the fourth set until Cameroon held a 6-5 lead. A Stanley spike followed by a Priddy kill and ace gave the U.S. an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. gave away a point with a serving error, but came back with three straight on two Lotman kills and a Cameroon error. Cameroon called timeout and came back with two points on a U.S. service error and a kill to cut the U.S. lead to 11-9. The teams traded points until the U.S. held a 16-12 lead at the second TTO. But Team USA came out cold and had a hitting error followed by two Cameroon blocks and saw the lead cut to 16-15. Once again it was Stanley to the rescue with a kill to increase the lead to 17-15. Cameroon responded with another kill, but it never again put together a run of more than one point at a time and with the U.S. leading 22-20, a Holmes kill, a Stanley strike and a Holmes block gave Team USA the set victory.

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2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship
Sept. 25-Oct. 10 in Italy

U.S. Roster for Oct. 1
(12 players are chosen from the 14-man roster prior to each match)

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Greg Vernovage (Susquehanna, Pa.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Technical Coordinator:
Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Team Doctors: Andrew Gregory (Nashville, Tenn.) and Keith Feder (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Medical Support:
Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool L Results
Sept. 30: Czech Republic def. USA, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22
Oct. 1: USA def. Cameroon, 23-25, 25-14, 25-27, 25-20, 15-7
Oct. 2: Czech Republic def. Cameroon, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17

Pool L Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio

1. Czech Republic (2-0) 4; 1.304
2. USA (1-1) 3; 1.048
3. Cameroon (0-2) 1; 0.771

Pool D First Round Results
Sept. 25: Argentina def. Venezuela, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18
Sept: 25: USA def. Mexico, 22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-11
Sept. 26: Argentina def. Mexico, 25-12, 25-19, 17-25, 25-15
Sept. 26: USA def. Venezuela, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19
Sept. 27: Mexico def. Venezuela, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20
Sept. 27: USA def. Argentina, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-20

Pool D Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio
1. USA (3-0) 6; 1.102
2. Argentina (2-1) 5; 1.136
3. Mexico (1-2) 4; 0.950
4. Venezuela (0-3) 3; 0.804