U.S. Men Stun France with Sweep at Worlds

Oct. 04, 2010, 1:08 p.m. (ET)

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Please note: The schedule for Pool O has been changed so that Italy plays the late matches. Therefore, the U.S. Men’s match against Italy on Tuesday will be at noon PT and Italy’s match against France on Wednesday will also be at noon PT.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 4, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team stunned France with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-23 victory on Monday at the FIVB World Championship at the PalaLottomattica in Rome, Italy.

The victory gives the United States a 1-0 record (5-1 overall) in the three-team Pool  O. The U.S. Men will face host Italy at noon PT on Tuesday in Rome. France (0-1 in pool, 4-2 overall) will have Tuesday off and then play Italy on at noon PT on Wednesday.

The pool winner will stay in Rome to play in the World Championship semifinal round against the first-place teams from the other three pools. The second-place team will travel to Modena to play against the other second-place teams for fifth-eighth places. The third-place team will go to Florence to play for ninth-12th places against the other third-place teams.

Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), the 2008 Olympic most valuable player, was once again the star for the United States on Monday, finishing with 14 points on six kills, four blocks and a match-high four aces.

Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added 11 points on a match-high nine kills and two blocks. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored 11 points on six kills and five blocks. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored 10 points on six kills and four blocks.

“We got off to an excellent start,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said in an FIVB release. “Our attack and block percentage was almost perfect. I am quite satisfied with our performance, especially with respect to our technical level.

“We are definitely playing better than at the beginning of the tournament, since we finally have attained the continuity of one lineup. Playing on a daily basis gives us the opportunity to obtain that stability necessary to win matches. The match with Mexico was a rude awakening but it made us stop thinking and start playing.”

The French team was without its leading scorer, outside hitter Antonin Rouzier, who injured his ankle on Friday during a match against Japan. It showed, as France’s hitting percentage is listed as .02 (30 kills and 28 faults on 77 attempts) while the United States hit 0.28 (31 kills and 12 faults on 67 attempts).

The United States also dominated on the block, 17-7, and had five aces while France had one.

The U.S. Men had 30 “excellent” service receptions and one fault on 44 attempts and had 23 digs and seven faults on 32 attempts. France had 46 excellent service receptions and five faults on 62 attempts. It also had 26 digs and 10 faults on 40 attempts.

No French player scored in double figures. Gerald Hardy-Dess scored nine points for France on four kills and five blocks. Stephane Antiga added nine points on seven kills, one block and France’s only ace.

Among the United States’ other scorers, middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) had four points on three kills and one block. Holt also provided consistent serving during several U.S. scoring runs. Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace and also provided consistent serves.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the United States in digs with seven and one fault on nine attempts. He also led the team in excellent receptions with 14 and one fault on 18 attempts. Priddy had 11 excellent receptions and no faults on 16 attempts.

Hansen was credited with 21 running sets and no faults on 58 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 Rooney at outside hitter, Lee and Holt at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) played as a substitute, primarily as a server. Setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) also entered the match briefly as substitutes.

In the first set the U.S. Men took a 5-1 lead, including two straight aces by Stanley, that led France to call timeout.  Stanley’s service error gave the ball back to France, but the U.S. held an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO).The U.S. extended the lead to 10-5 after the timeout before France scored with a kill. The teams exchanged points until the U.S. lead was 12-8. A French service error gave the U.S. the ball and Stanley added to more points with an ace and a kill to give Team USA a 15-8 lead. France called timeout and a U.S. service error gave them the ball back, but Stanley made up for the error with a kill that put the United States ahead 16-10 at the second TTO. The U.S. barrage continued after the break as a Holt block and Stanley tip put the U.S. up 18-10. The teams exchanged service errors to make the score 19-11 before France used two straight blocks to cut the lead to 19-13. However a double block by Stanley and Lee put an end to the mini run and France threatened again. A Holt kill gave the U.S. set points at 24-15. The U.S. gave away a point on a service error, but France returned the favor to give Team USA the victory. Stanley finished the first set with eight points

The second set started close and the teams were tied at 5-5 when Team USA took a 6-5 lead with a block. Holt took the serve and the U.S. used a block, a kill from Stanley and a block by Lee to lead 8-5 at the first TTO. After the break, Antiga came out and scored on a quick attack. But a Rooney kill gave Hansen the serve and the U.S. scored the next two points on blocks from Stanley and Priddy to increase the U.S. lead to 11-6. The U.S. continued to lead by five at 13-8 when it put together a Stanley kill and French hitting error to increase the lead to seven.  France scored on a U.S. serving error, but then committed its own error and put Stanley at the serve where he stayed for four more points including an ace and two kills and a block by Rooney. France called timeout and responded with a kill, but the damage was done. The teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 22-11. France scored three straight points, including a kill and block by Gerald Hardy-Dessources.  But a Lee kill and Priddy block gave the United States set point and France’s hitting error ended the set.

France took a 5-3 lead in the third set, but a Priddy block gave the serve to Holt and the U.S. scored the next three points, including a kill by Hansen off an overpass and a Lee block to give the U.S. an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. France scored on a kill, but the U.S. came back with four more straight points, including an ace from Hansen, a kill by Priddy and a block from Lee to lead 12-6. The U.S. Men led 16-9 at the second TTO and seemed to be well in control later, leading 19-13. But France came back with two strikes by Earvin Ngapeth and one by Nicolas Marechal to cut the least to 19-16. Knipe called timeout and Team USA came back to score three straight points, including two Priddy kills, to lead 22-16. France called timeout and came back with a 5-0 scoring run on a kill and three blocks along with a U.S. error. Once again, it was Stanley to the rescue with a block of Ngapeth that increased the U.S. lead to 23-21. A U.S. serving error brought France close again, but Lee blocked Ngapeth to give the U.S. match point. France scored one more time on a Marechal kill. But Rooney ended the match with a kill for the victory.

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

U.S. Roster
(Each team can bring up to 14 players. Prior to each match, 12 players are chosen to play)

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
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)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

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 O Schedule (in Rome; all times PT)
Oct. 4: USA def. France, 25-16, 25-14, 25-23
Oct. 5: USA vs. Italy, 8 a.m.
Oct. 6: France vs. Italy, 8 a.m.

Pool L Results (Ancona)
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 (Reggio Calabria)
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