U.S. Men's Update: Return to Anaheim

April 27, 2011, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 27, 2011) – It’s another week of updates on U.S. Men’s National and A2 Volleyball Team players competing in Anaheim, Calif., around the world.

ANAHEIM UPDATE

The excitement for the 2011 season is rising as members of the U.S. Men’s National Team returned this week to the American Sports Centers in Anaheim to begin training.

The following players reported for duty on April 25, with more expected over the next few weeks.

Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
Andy Hein (MB, 6-11, Carols Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-5, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
Cody Loe (MB, 6-8, Chatsworth, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
Garrett  Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
Jacob Schkud (OH, 6-4, Santa Monica, Calif., Hawaii)
JD Schleppenbach (OH, 6-4, 198, Ventura, Calif., Pepperdine)
Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)

HANSEN TEMPORARILY SWITCHES SPORTS

U.S. setter Kevin Hansen will represent USA Volleyball in the 19th Annual Boomer Esiason Foundation Golf Invitational on May 2 at the Glen Oaks Club in Westbury, N.Y.

The Boomer Esiason Foundation is working to put an end to cystic fibrosis and to support the individuals, families and communities affected by the disease.

Esiason is best known as the quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-1993 and his work as a television football analyst. His son, Gunnar, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.

GREECE

Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Olympiakos defeated Iraklis, including U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and outside hitter Ryan Owens (Evanston, Ill.), in the first match of their best-of-five Hellenic league playoff final series.

Olympiakos won 17-25, 15-21, 25-18, 28-30, 15-10. Jablonsky scored five points on two kills, two blocks and one ace. He was also credited with 26 receptions, 46 percent positive and 27 percent excellent.

Billings led his team with 21 points on 17 kills (0.36 hitting percentage), two blocks and two aces. Owens added 12 points on nine kills (0.35 hitting percentage), one block and two aces. He was also credited with 12 receptions, 42 percent positive and 42 percent excellent.

GERMANY

U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and his German league team SCC Berlin won their playoff semifinal series against Generali Haching, 2-0 and will begin the best-of-five final round against VfB Friedrichshafen and U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) on April 30.

SCC Berlin won its first semifinal match, 25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 on April 19.

It won its second semifinal match, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13 on April 23. Touzinsky scored 10 points on eight kills (0.67 hitting percentage) and two aces.

To view photos from the match, click here.

FRANCE

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) and their French B league team Chaumont defeated Nancy on April 23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18.

Vance started the third and fourth sets and scored 10 points on seven kills and three aces. Thornton started all four sets and scored one point. He set the team to a 0.48 kill percentage.

RUSSIA

Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), will begin the best-of-five playoff finals against Dinamo Moscow on May 1. 

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