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Feb 03 U.S. Men's Update: Winter in Anaheim

Feb. 03, 2011, 4:40 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. (Feb. 3, 2011) – Ten men’s volleyball players have begun the winter training block at the American Training Centers in Anaheim, Calif.

The 10 began training on Jan. 31 and are scheduled to continue through March 31.

Ric Cervantes (L, 5-11, Santa Barbara, Calif., Hawaii)
Cody Loe (MB, 6-8, Chatsworth, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
Luke Murray (S, 6-0, East Petersburg, Pa., Penn State)
Paul Muñoz (L, 6-1, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
Dominick Porter (Opp/MB, 6-10, Hopewell, Va., Eastern Mennonite)
Matt Rawson (MB, 6-7, Los Angeles, Calif., Hawaii)
Jacob Schkud (OH, 6-4, Santa Monica, Calif., Hawaii)
J.D. Schleppenbach (OH, 6-4, 198, Ventura, Calif., Pepperdine)
Josh Stanhiser  (MB, 6-9, Loma Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
Jordan Varee (OH, 6-4, Conneautville, Pa., St. Francis of Loretto)

POLAND

In the final match of the regular season in Poland, U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated AZS UWM Olsztyn, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18 on Jan. 26. Millar started all three sets and scored nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace. Resovia Rzeszów finished the regular season in second place in the league.

In the first playoff matches for places 1-6, Resovia Rzeszów beat AZS Politechnika Warszawska, 3-1 (25-18, 26-28, 25-15, 25-22) on Jan. 29. Millar started all four sets and scored 12 points on seven kills and five blocks.

To view photos from the match, click here.

KOREA

Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and his Korean league team Korean Air swept their last two matches of January.

On Jan. 27, KAL defeated Sangmu, 25-10, 25-14, 25-16. Patak started the first two sets and scored 13 points on eight kills and five aces.

On Jan. 30, KAL beat Hyundai, 25-17, 25-14, 25-23. Patak led all scorers with 18 points on 11 kills, four aces and three blocks.

SPAIN

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Unicaja Almeria continue to lead the Spanish league following a 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Multicaja Fábregas Sport on Jan. 29. Smith scored eight points on five kills (1.0 hitting percentage) and three blocks.

U.S. outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) has reportedly signed with Almeria as well. To read the story (in Spanish) click here.

GERMANY

U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and his German league team SCC Berlin posted another sweep, beating CV Mitteldeutschland, 25-18, 31-29, 29-27 on Jan. 30. Touzinsky started all three sets and scored four points on four kills. He was also credited with 12 receptions, 42 percent positive and 33 percent excellent. SCC Berlin leads the league.

To view photos of the match, click here.

To view a team promotional video, click here.

BRAZIL

U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated Volei Futuro, 25-27, 25-21, 25-18, on Jan. 30. Holmes started all three sets and scored eight points.

FRANCE

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and his French B league team Chaumont defeated Asnières, 25-21, 25-14, 25-22 on Jan. 29.

Thornton started all three sets and scored four points on one kill, one block and two aces. He set the team to a 0.70 kill percentage. Chaumont is in third place in the league.

RUSSIA

Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) picked up its third and fourth match sweeps in a row when it defeated Dynamo Yantar, 25-16, 25-18, 27-25 on Jan. 26 and then beat Lokomotiv-Belogorie, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 on Jan. 30.

On Jan. 26, Priddy started all three sets and scored 13 points on 10 kills (0.47 hitting percentage), one block and two aces. He was credited with 13 receptions, 46 percent positive and 31 percent excellent. Ball started the first two sets and scored one point on one kill. Kazan’s team hitting percentage was 0.48.

To view photos of the match, click here.

On Jan. 30, Priddy started all three sets and scored 13 points on nine kills (0.64 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace. He was credited with 17 receptions, 35 percent positive and 18 percent excellent. Ball started all three sets and did not score but set the team to a 0.44 hitting percentage.

To view photos of the match, click here.

U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and his team Ural Ufa went 1-1 in their last two matches. On Jan. 26, Ufa defeated Gazprom-Ugra 3-2 (19-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-11). Stanley led all scorers with 29 points on 28 kills (0.66 hitting percentage) and one block.

On Jan. 30, Ufa fell to Dynamo Moscow, 25-16, 25-18, 25-22. Stanley led his team with 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace.

U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) returned from injury to his team Kuzbass Kemerovo on Jan. 30, but it suffered a 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 loss to Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. Lee started all three sets and scored seven points on two kills and five blocks.

U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and his team Fakel Novy Urengoi went 1-1 in their last two matches. On Jan. 26, Fakel fell to Yaroslavich Yaroslavl, 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18). Hansen substituted in the first set and started the next three, scoring one point on a block and setting Novy Urengoi to a 0.34 hitting percentage.

To view photos of the match, click here.

ITALY

Following a break for the Cup of Italy tournament, Marmi Lanza Verona, the Italian Serie A league team of U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), defeated BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte, 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 26-24) on Jan. 30.

Lotman started all four sets and scored 11 points on nine kills (0.38 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. He was also credited with 25 receptions, 64 percent positive and 48 percent excellent. Brunner started the first three sets and substituted in the fourth, scoring five points on three kills and two blocks.

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) led Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza with 19 points, but it was not enough as the team fell to Itas Diatec Trentino, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 28-26, 27-25) on Jan. 30.

Rooney scored on 16 kills (0.44 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. He was also credited with 27 receptions, 74 percent positive and 48 percent excellent.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia lost to Andreoli Latina, 3-1 (16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-17) on Jan. 30. Anderson scored 12 points on nine kills (0.38 hitting percentage), one kill and two aces. He was credited with 33 receptions, 48 percent positive and 33 percent excellent.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his team Copra Morpho Piacenza couldn’t get past Casa Modena on Jan. 30 and fell, 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 16-14). Holt started all five sets and scored 11 points on four kills, four blocks and three aces.

U.S. opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), a member of the 2008 U.S. Men’s National Team, has signed a contract with Perugia in Italy’s A2 league.

Gardner has played in Greece, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Russia, Turkey and Qatar. He played in Milan in 2007-08, for Russia’s Ural Ufa in 2008-09 and he helped Fenerbahce win the Turkish league title last season.

GREECE

U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) led his Hellenic league team GS Lamia to a 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 24-26, 30-28, 15-13) victory over ESOP Epikouros on Jan. 29.

Price scored 23 points on 21 kills (0.32 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. Lamia is in fifth place in the league.

League-leading Iraklis, including U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and outside hitter Ryan Owens (Evanston, Ill.) suffered a rare defeat to AO Kifisias, the only team to beat Iraklis twice this season, 3-2 (25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 18-25, 20-18) on Jan. 29.

Billings led Kifisias with 29 points on 27 kills (0.38 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. Owens started the first two sets and scored one point on one kill.

U.S. setter Jonathan Winder and PAOK defeated Apollon Kalamarias, 3-2 (14-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 15-13) on Jan. 31. Winder started the first three sets and scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace.

CUP UPDATES

In the CEV Champions League, Ball, Priddy and visiting Zenit Kazan defeated Slovenia’s ACH Volley Bled, 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 on Feb. 2 in the 12-team playoff phase.

Priddy started all three sets and scored nine points on eight kills (0.53 hitting percentage) and one ace. He was also credited with 16 receptions, 81 percent positive and 56 percent excellent.

Ball started all three sets and scored five points on two kills, one block and two aces. He also set Kazan to a 0.65 hitting percentage. According to the statistics, Kazan did not commit a hitting error.

The two teams will play again on Feb. 9 in Kazan.

In the Challenge Round of the CEV Cup, Millar and visiting Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated Spain’s CAI Teruel, (25-15, 21-25, 24-26, 25-22, 17-15) on Feb. 2. The two teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Poland.

In the quarterfinals of the CEV Challenge Cup, Hansen and Fakel Novy Urengoi defeated Turkey’s visiting Arkas Izmir, 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 30-28) on Feb. 3.

Hansen substituted in the first set and started the next three, scoring two points on one kill and one block and setting Novy Urengoi to a 0.42 hitting percentage. The two teams will play again on Feb. 9 in Turkey.

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