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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 23, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team won its second friendly match against Pallavolo Gela, part of Italy’s Serie A2 league, on Wednesday in Gela, Italy.
Team USA got 11 points from outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and seven from middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) to defeat Gela, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18.
The U.S. Men left Thursday for Reggio Calabria, Italy, where it will open the 2010 FIVB World Championships against Mexico at noon PT (8 p.m. local) on Saturday.
Rooney, who entered the match for Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) midway through the second set and started the third, led all scorers with 11 points on a match-high 11 kills (0.86 hitting percentage). Holt scored on five kills (0.23 hitting percentage), one block and one ace.
Anderson scored six points on six kills (0.67 hitting percentage). Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored five points on three kills (0.32 hitting percentage) and two blocks. Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) scored five points on four kills (0.30 hitting percentage) and one ace.
Outside hitters Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) each scored four points on four kills (Priddy: 0.50 hitting percentage; Salmon: 0.28 hitting percentage). Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored four points on three kills (0.50 hitting percentage) and one ace. Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored four points on one kill (1.0 hitting percentage), one block and a match-high two aces.
U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 20 receptions, 70 percent positive and 50 percent excellent with no errors. Priddy added 14 receptions, 79 percent positive and 71 percent excellent with no errors.
Outside hitter Paulo Veloso Pinto led Gela with eight points on seven kills and one block.
The U.S. Men had a hitting percentage of 0.49 (41 kills on 74 attempts and five errors) while Gela’s hitting percentage was 0.25 (33 kills on 80 attempts and 13 errors). The U.S. had five aces while Gela had none, the Team USA had 12 service errors and Gela had 10. Gela out-blocked the U.S. Men 5-4.
U.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. Rooney replaced Anderson in the second set and started the third. Clark replaced Stanley in the second set and started the third. Salmon replaced Priddy in the second set and started the third. Setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) replaced Hansen in the second set and started the third.
Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) also played as a substitute.
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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)
Pool D First Round Schedule (all times PT)
Sept. 25: Venezuela vs. Argentina, 8 a.m.
Sept: 25: USA vs. Mexico, noon
Sept. 26: Argentina vs. Mexico, 8 a.m.
Sept. 26: USA vs. Venezuela, noon
Sept. 27: Venezuela vs. Mexico, 8 a.m.
Sept. 27: USA vs. Argentina, noon