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U.S. Men's Update: Then There Were Two

Feb. 10, 2011, 5:34 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. 10, 2011) – There are two teams with U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team players left playing in the CEV cup tournaments.

Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), has advanced to the six-team round of the CEV Champions League.

Kazan advanced with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 victory over visiting Slovenia’s ACH Volley Bled on Feb. 9. It was Kazan’s second sweep of Bled.

Priddy started all three sets and scored six points on four kills (0.21 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. He was also credited with 21 receptions, 57 percent positive and 24 percent excellent.

Ball started all three sets and scored two points on two kills. He also set Kazan to a 0.48 hitting percentage. Kazan will face Poland’s PGE Skra Bełchatów in the next round, which begins the first week of March.

To view photos from the match, click here.

To view a video of the match, click here.

U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and his Polish league team Asseco Resovia Rzeszów have advanced to the semifinals of the CEV Cup after a second victory over Spain’s CAI Teruel on Feb. 8.

Resovia Rzeszów defeated visiting CAI Teruel, 3-2 (25-11, 23-25, 25-15, 19-25, 15-10). It will play Italy’s Sisley Treviso in the semifinals. The first match will be Feb. 23 in Poland and the second will be Feb. 26 in Italy.

To view photos of the match, click here.

U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and his team Fakel Novy Urengoi have been eliminated from the CEV Challenge Cup after losing a quarterfinal match and a golden set to Turkey’s Arkas Izmir on Feb. 9.

Visiting Novy Urengoi lost the match 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 27-25, 15-6) and lost the golden set (which serves as a match tiebreaker) 15-13.

RUSSIA

What should have been a matchup between two Russian Super League teams with U.S. players was not as Zenit Kazan did not have Ball or Priddy on its roster in a 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21) loss to Hansen and Fakel Novy Urengoi on Feb. 5.

Hansen started all four sets and scored two points on one block and one ace. He also set the team to a 0.41 hitting percentage.

To view photos from the match, click here.

U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and his team Ural Ufa fell to Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 15-12) on Feb. 5. Stanley started the first, fourth and fifth sets and substituted in the third, finishing with eight points on seven kills (0.33 hitting percentage) and one block.

To view photos from the match, click here.

To view a post-match interview with Stanley (in Russian), click here.

U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his team Kuzbass Kemerovo suffered a 3-2 (25-18, 16-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-12) loss to Iskra Odintsovo on Feb. 5. Lee started all five sets and scored 13 points on nine kills (0.47 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace.

To view photos from the match, click here.

ITALY

Marmi Lanza Verona, Serie A league team of U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), defeated RPA-LuigiBacchi.it San Giustino, 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-167, 25-11) on Feb. 6.

Lotman scored 13 points on 11 kills (0.41 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. Lotman was also credited with 22 receptions, 77 percent positive and 50 percent excellent. Brunner scored five points on three kills and two blocks.

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) helped Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza to a 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20) victory over M. Roma Volley in an Italian Serie A league match on Feb. 6. Rooney scored eight points on eight kills.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia lost to Casa Modena, 25-23, 25-19, 28-26 on Feb.6. Anderson scored 14 points on 13 kills and one ace. He was credited with 17 receptions, 59 percent positive and 29 percent excellent.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his team Copra Morpho Piacenza fell to Sisley Treviso, 25-23, 27-25, 25-18 on Feb. 5. Holt scored three points on two kills and one block.

U.S. opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) made his debut with Sir Safety Perugia in Italy’s Serie A2 league on Feb. 6. Starting the second and third sets, Gardner led his team with 12 points on 12 kills (0.43 hitting percentage) as it fell to Gherardi SVI Città Di Castello, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18.

GREECE

Two Hellenic league teams with U.S. players squared off on Feb. 7 with U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Olympiacos defeating Iraklis, including U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and outside hitter Ryan Owens (Evanston, Ill.), 25-18, 25-20, 27-25,

Jablonsky started all three sets and scored six points on six kills (0.56 hitting percentage). He was credited with 28 receptions, 39 percent positive and 29 percent excellent.

Owens led Iraklis with 12 points on 10 kills (0.42 hitting percentage) and two aces. Billings added eight points on seven kills and one ace.

Iraklis continues to lead the league while Olympiacos is third.

U.S. setter Jonathan Winder and PAOK defeated EA Patron, 3-1 (15-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-20) on Feb. 6. Winder started the first set and did not score.

U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) helped his Hellenic league team GS Lamia to a 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 30-32, 25-23, 15-9) victory over AO Kifisias on Feb. 5.

Price scored 25 points on 19 kills (0.39 hitting percentage), one block and five aces.

To view photos from the Greek league, click here.

KOREA

U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and his Korean league team Korean Air defeated KEPCO45, 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 22-25, 15-11) on Feb. 9.

Patak led his team with 19 points on 15 kills, three blocks and one ace. KAL continues to lead the league and Patak leads the league in aces where he is averaging 0.51 aces per set.

BRAZIL

U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas have gone 1-1 in their last two Superleague matches.

On Feb. 2, Vivo/Minas fell to SESI-SP, 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-21). Holmes started all four sets and scored 10 points on four kills, three blocks and three aces.

On Feb. 8, Vivo/Minas came back to defeat Londrina/Sercomtel, 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19). Holmes started all four sets and scored eight points on five kills and three aces.

Holmes is the fourth leading blocker in the league with 38 blocks on 171 attempts.

POLAND

In the second round of playoffs for Poland’s Plusliga, Millar and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów fell to PGE Skra Bełchatów, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 on Feb. 5.

Millar had eight points on five kills, two blocks and one ace.

SPAIN

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.). outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Unicaja Almeria defeated CMA de Soria – Numancia, 3-1 (25-10, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24) in a Spanish Superleague match on Feb. 5.

Smith started all four sets and scored 12 points on eight kills (0.89 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace. Salmon played as a substitute but did not score.

Almeria continues to lead the Superleague.

GERMANY

U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and his German league team SCC Berlin swept Zurich Team VCO Berlin, 25-20, 25-14, 25-21 on Feb. 5.

Touzinsky started all three sets and scored seven points on five kills (0.40 hitting percentage) and two aces. SCC Berlin continues to lead the league.

FRANCE

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and his French B league team Chaumont defeated Lyon, 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-19) on Feb. 5. Thornton did not score in the match, but set Chaumont to a 0.59 kill percentage.

U.S. outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) has also joined Chaumont. In his debut with the team on Feb. 5, he entered the first set as a substitute and started the next three, scoring 17 points on a match-high 17 kills (0.63 kill percentage).

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