U.S. Men Sweep Gela in Friendly Match

Sept. 21, 2010, 1:33 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 21, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team won a friendly match against Pallavolo Gela, part of Italy’s Serie A2 league, before about 1,500 fans on Monday in Gela, Italy.

Getting 15 points from middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and 11 points each from middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), the U.S. Men defeated Gela, 25-18, 25-22, 25-15.

The U.S. Men are playing the friendly matches to prepare for the FIVB World Championships, which begin Saturday. The United States will open in Reggio Calabria against Mexico at noon PT (8 p.m. in Italy).

On Monday in Gela, a city in the south of Sicily, Italy, Holt scored his 15 points on 10 kills (0.64 hitting percentage) and five blocks. Holmes added 11 on three kills (0.22 hitting percentage), a match-high six blocks and a match-high two aces. Stanley scored 11 points on 11 kills (0.77 hitting percentage).

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) contributed nine points on eight kills (0.37 hitting percentage) and one block. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) had four points on four kills (1.0 hitting percentage) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored four points on two kills (0.18 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) scored one point on a kill (0.25 hitting percentage).

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 16 receptions, 75 percent positive and 62 percent excellent. Lotman was credited with 15 receptions, 73 percent positive and 53 percent excellent.

Outside hitter Valdir Sequira paced Gela with 15 points on 12 kills, two blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Paulo Veloso Pinto added 12 points 10 kills and two blocks.

The U.S. hitting percentage was 0.48 (39 kills on 71 attempts with five errors). Gela’s was 0.18 (31 kills on 92 attempts with 14 errors).

The U.S. Men out-blocked Gela 13-6 and had three aces to Gela’s one.

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

Rooney entered the match in the second set for Anderson; then started the third set in place of Lotman. Clark substituted for Stanley in the third set.

In the first set, the U.S. Men held an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), scoring on two quick kills and a block from Holmes, a block and quick kill by Holt and two kills from Stanley. The teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 13-11. A Holt kill followed by a Gela error put the United States up by four at 15-11. A Pinto kill made it 15-12, but the United States went ahead 17-12 on two straight Gela attack errors. Gela scored twice to make it 17-14 before a Lotman kill and Holmes block made it 19-14 and Gela called timeout. Sequira scored on a kill, but then two more Gela attack errors gave Team USA a 21-15 edge and Gela called timeout again. Gela got two straight kills to make it 21-17. Stanley responded with a kill, followed by a Holmes ace to give the U.S. a 23-17 lead. Gela scored one more point on a U.S. service error before Anderson ended the set with a block.

The U.S. Men struggled with errors to open the second set, losing points on two service errors, two hitting errors and one reception errors as Gela took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. Team USA scored on two kills from Stanley, one each from Anderson and Holt and two Gela errors. Gela extended its lead to 10-7 and then 11-8. A quick kill by Holt sparked a 6-1 U.S. run that gave the U.S. a 14-12 lead. The run included a Lotman block and Stanley kill. The U.S. held a 16-14 lead at the second TTO. Gela tied the score at 16-16 before the U.S. scored three straight points on a kill by Stanley, a block by Holt and a quick kill from Anderson. Gela called timeout and got a point on a U.S. hitting error before the U.S. scored two more points on a Holt quick kill and block to lead 21-17. The teams traded points before Gela got two straight points on kills to make it 22-20. Stanley held them off with a kill. Gela pulled to within one point at 23-22 on two straight U.S. errors, but the U.S. reached set point on Holmes’ quick kill and won the set with a Lotman ace.

The U.S. Men took an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the third set, then extended it to 9-5, scoring on two blocks and an ace from Holmes, two Holt quick kills, two attacks by Anderson and one from Rooney. The U.S. lead was 10-7 when Team USA scored four straight points on two Holmes blocks and a block and kill by Holt. Gela called timeout and the U.S. replaced Stanley with Clark. Gela responded with a 3-1 run to make the score 15-10. Team USA scored twice on a Gela error and Anderson kill to lead 17-10. Gela scored twice on a kill and block before the U.S. scored the next five points on a kill and a block from Holt and attacks by Anderson, Rooney and Clark. Trailing 22-12, Gela scored twice on Pinto attacks. But Rooney responded with a kill. After another Gela point, Rooney had another kill for match point and a Gela hitting error ended the match.

To reach the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship page, click here.

2010 FIVB World Championships Roster

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)