Czechs Hand U.S. Men First Worlds Loss

Sept. 30, 2010, 1 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 30, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team suffered its first loss of the 2010 FIVB World Championship on Thursday, falling to Czech Republic, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 in Ancona, Italy.

The U.S. Men fall to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in Pool L. They will try to come back at noon Pacific Time on Friday (Oct. 1) against Cameroon (1-2). Czech Republic (3-1) will have Friday off and will play Cameroon on Saturday at 8 a.m. PT. The team that finishes last in the three-team pool will be eliminated from the World Championship.

The U.S. Men were paced by outside hitters Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), who each scored 11 points.

Rooney scored on eight kills (0.33 hitting percentage) and three blocks. Priddy (0.21 hitting percentage) and Stanley (0.48 hitting percentage) each scored on 11 kills.

"Tonight the Czech team played very well and we weren’t able to stay with them in both serving and receiving,” Priddy said in an FIVB release. “Our blocks and attacks weren’t effective enough and I know we can play a better level of volleyball.”

Czech Republic served tough, scoring with six aces while Team USA had none. Czech Republic out-attacked the U.S. Men 46-37 and had a 0.38 hitting percentage while the United States’ was 0.29. The teams were even on blocks with seven each.

The U.S. Men were credited with 39 excellent receptions and nine faults on 63 attempts along with 46 digs and 17 errors on 67 attempts. The Czech Republic had 38 excellent receptions and four faults on 56 attempts. It was credited with 47 digs and 14 faults on 66 attempts.

Czech opposite Jan Stokr led all scorers with 15 points on 11 kills, one block and three aces. Jiri Popelka added 13 points on 11 kills and two aces and Peter Platenik scored 12 points on 12 attacks.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) had six points on four kills (0.43 hitting percentage) and two blocks. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) added four points on two kills and two blocks. Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored one point on a block and middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored one points with a kill.

Priddy led the U.S. in digs with 13 and four faults on 17 attempts. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) added 12 digs and three faults on 16 attempts. Priddy also led in service receptions with 15 excellents and six faults on 27 attempts. Lambourne had 11 excellents and three faults on 19 attempts. Rooney had 11 excellents and no faults on 15 attempts.

Hansen was credited with 35 running sets and no faults on 72 attempts. A running set is defined as a set from a player that puts their hitter against one blocker or none. Backup setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) had three running sets and one fault on seven attempts.

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

Lee started the third set for Holmes. Winder and Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) played as substitutes.

In the first set, Czech Republic came out aggressively and took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), scoring on two aces, four kills and a block along with a U.S. service error. Team USA scored on three kills by Priddy and one each from Stanley and Rooney. The teams traded points and Czech Republic still held a two-point lead at the second TTO. However, with Czech Republic leading 19-17, Petr Konecny blocked Priddy twice and Stokr added a kill to increase the Europeans’ lead to 22-17. Knipe called timeout and Stanley scored with a kill. Knipe brought Winder in for Hansen, and Holmes got a block of Stokr to make it 22-19. But Czech Republic scored the next three points, including kills by Platenik and Popelka to put the set away.

The teams were tied at 6-6 in the second set when Stanley and Priddy scored on two straight attacks to put the U.S. up by two at the first TTO. Scoring on strikes by Holmes, Rooney and Stanley along with several Czech errors, Team USA led by three, 16-13 at the second TTO and extended the lead to 17-13 on a Czech attack error. Czech Republic called timeout and responded with a 6-1 run, including three kills by Stokr, that put the European team ahead 19-18. The teams traded points until the score was 21-all. A U.S. serving error followed by a Czech ace put Czech Republic ahead 23-21. Stanley fought back with a kill. Knipe brought in Lotman for Rooney and put Winder in for Hansen, but Stokr connected on an attack to reach set point and Platenik finished the set with a kill.

Trailing 3-1 in the third set, the U.S. got hot and went on a 5-1 run, including two kills by Rooney and two blocks and a kill from Holt, to lead 6-4. However Czech Republic fought back with three straight points on two kills and a block and went on to lead 8-7 at the first TTO. The teams traded points until they were tied 14-14. Team USA took the lead on a Stanley attack. But Czech Republic responded by scoring the next four points, including a kill and block from Platenik, to lead 18-15. During the run, Knipe replaced Hansen with Winder. Knipe called timeout and Priddy came back with a kill. But Czech Republic scored three straight points to lead 21-16. Team USA fought back with two straight kills by Priddy and Stanley, causing the Czechs to call timeout and come back with a Stokr attack. Rooney made it 22-19 with a kill, but a U.S. service error gave the Czechs the 23-19 edge. Another Rooney strike caused Czech Republic to call timeout, but Rooney blocked Stokr to pull his team to within one point at 23-22. The match ended with a Czech kill and a U.S. hitting error.

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

U.S. Roster for Sept. 30
(12 players are chosen from the 14-man roster prior to each match)

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)
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)

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 L Schedule and Results (All times PT)
Sept. 30: Czech Republic def. USA, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22
Oct. 1: USA vs. Cameroon, noon
Oct. 2: Czech Republic vs. Cameroon, 8 a.m.

Pool D First Round Results
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