B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 28, 2010) – Not even a month after the conclusion of the FIVB World Championship, present and former members of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team have begun their winter seasons on overseas clubs.
In Russia, setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) have already led their team, Zenit Kazan, to a victory in the Russian Supercup. Kazan defeated Lokomotiv Belgorod, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16, on Saturday (Oct. 23) in Kazan.
Ball, who is captain of Zenit Kazan, played the entire match and scored one point. Priddy, who had only recently arrived in Russia, played in the final set and scored three points.
To view photos from the match, click here.
To view a translation of a Russian interview with Reid Priddy, click here.
Zenit Kazan took a Russian Super League 25-18, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Ural Ufa, which includes U.S. starting opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) on Thursday. Priddy started the match and scored 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. Ball also started for Kazan, but did not score. Stanley scored seven points on five kills and two blocks for Ufa.
Stanley and Ball have been teammates for Kazan for the past three years, but Stanley moved to Ufa when Kazan picked up Russian Maxim Mikhaylov to play opposite.
Among other U.S. players in Russia, setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) is back with Fakel Novy Urengoi, with whom he has played for the past two years. Fakel lost its Russian Super League opener on Thursday to Lokomotiv-Belogorie Belgorod, 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15).
To view photos of Hansen playing in the Russian Supercup against Dynamo Moscow, click here.
Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) left Lokomotiv Novosibirsk to play for the new Russian Super League team, Kuzbass Kemerovo.
To view a story and photos of the team’s presentation of Lee, click here.
Kemerovo opened the Super League season on Thursday with a 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 25-26, 15-11) over Gazprom-Ugra.
U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) was the high scorer for his Italian Serie A League team Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza when it defeated Copra Morpho Piacenza, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 on Oct. 23.
Rooney finished with 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace. His hitting percentage was 0.61.
U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored 11 points in his debut with Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, but it was not enough as the team fell to Italian Christian Savani and his team Lube Banca Marche Macerata on Oct. 23. Anderson scored on 11 kills and had a hitting percentage of 0.40.
U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored eight points for his Italian team Marmi Lanza Verona in a 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 18-25, 21-19) loss to M. Roma Volley on Oct. 23. U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) also played as a substitute for Verona but did not score.
U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led all scorers as his Greek league team Iraklis Thessoloniki defeated GS Lamia, 3-1 (18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19) in the season opener on Oct. 25. U.S. outside hitter Ryan Jay Owens is also on Iraklis Thessoloniki while U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) played for GS Lamia.
Billings started all four sets for Iraklis and finished with 22 points on a match-high 19 kills (0.41 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. Owens started all four sets and scored 15 points on 10 kills (0.90 hitting percentage), one block and a match-high four aces.
Price started all four sets and led Lamia with 19 points on 18 kills (0.38 hitting percentage) and one ace. Hein started all four sets and scored eight points on six kills (0.83 hitting percentage), one block and two aces.
PAOK Thessaloniki, which included U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) defeated Olympiakos Piraeus, which included U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 26-16, 22-25, 15-13).
U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) played as a substitute and started the third set as his German team SCC Berlin defeated NETZHOPPERS KW-Bestensee, 25-21, 28-26, 25-21 on Oct. 20. Touzinsky scored two points on two kills.
Touzinsky played as a substitute as SCC Berlin defeated EnBW TV Rottenburg, 3-1 (25-23, 25-9, 27-29, 25-17 on Oct. 23.
U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) has played as a substitute in the first two matches of his Polish team, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, which is 1-1 after its first two matches.