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U.S. Men's Update: Scrimmage Gets New Time, Site

Sept. 10, 2010, 2:23 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 9, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team has changed the time and place of the inter-squad scrimmage it is having on Sept. 11.

The scrimmage will be at 2 p.m. at the gymnasium at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif.  (15744 Golden West Street. Click here to view a campus map). The scrimmage is free and open to the public.

The scrimmage is the second of two inter-squad scrimmages the U.S. Men are using to prepare for the FIVB World Championships on Sept. 24-Oct 10 in Italy.

The first scrimmage was Sept. 4 at Irvine Valley College.

U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) used the scrimmage both to evaluate which players will make the final 14-man roster for the World Championships and also to get the players out of their usual training gym at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., into a more formal competitive setting. He also used it to look at different combinations of players.

When all was said and done, the Red Team, which started outside hitters Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), middle blockers David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.), setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and libero Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.), defeated the Blue Team, 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 25-15, 15-13).

Tyler Hildebrand (Mesa, Ariz.) also played setter for the Red Team.

The Blue Team started outside hitters Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), middle blockers David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.). Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) also played at opposite for the blue team.

Was Knipe surprised to see the Red Team win?

“It was not a surprise,” Knipe said. “It just shows that these are all good players. They compete against each other every day so they know each other well.

“Still, we have a lot to clean up before our next scrimmage.”

PEPPERDINE HALL OF FAME

Pepperdine University has announced that it will induct former U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Marv Dunphy into its Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 17.

Also being inducted will be the 2005 NCAA Men’s National Championship Team, which included current U.S. Men’s National Team players Sean Rooney, Jonathan Winder and Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.).

Dunphy was the head coach of the National Team that won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games and was an assistant for at least four other teams, including the 2008 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Beijing.

He played for the Pepperdine in the early years of the program (1972 and 1973) and was an assistant coach before becoming head coach in 1977. In 27 seasons as head coach for Pepperdine, Dunphy has posted a record of 507-199 and four NCAA championships. He was named the 2005 National Coach of the Year and a three-time MPSF Coach of the Year.  His teams have won seven regular-season conference titles and four conference tournament championships.

Dunphy has had 19 different players earn All-American first team honors 34 times. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994 and AVCA Hall of Fame in 2009.

The 2005 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team won the program’s fifth national championship. It went 25-2 overall, winning the MPSF Tournament at home and beating Ohio State and UCLA in Pauley Pavilion at the NCAA Championships. Rooney was the AVCA Player of the Year, Winder was the AVCA Freshman of the Year and Dunphy was the AVCA Coach of the Year. Rooney, Winder and Hein were named All-Americans. Rooney and Winder made the All-NCAA Tournament team (Rooney was the tournament MVP).

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