U.S. Men's Update: A Fall to Fifth

Jan. 20, 2011, 8:39 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. (Jan. 20, 2011) – A change in the FIVB rankings has dropped the U.S. Men’s National Team ranking from third to fifth.

According to the FIVB, “The changes come after the reduction of percentage points in continental championships (100 percent to 50 percent) and from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (75 percent to 50 percent).”

Brazil and Russia remain in first and second, respectively. Serbia has moved up to third and Cuba has moved up to fourth.

To view the full FIVB men’s rankings, click here.

RUSSIA

Three U.S. Men’s National Team members will take part in this weekend’s All-Star volleyball match for top players from the Super League, on Jan. 22 in Kemerovo, Russia.

In the past, Russia has had its best Russian players face the international stars competing in the Super League. This year, it has divided the players into East and West teams.

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), who plays for league-leading Zenit Kazan, will play for Team West. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), who plays for Ural Ufa, and setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), who plays for Fakel Novy Urengoy, will both play for Team East.

U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) were both invited to play, but will use the time to rest for the second half of the season.

In last weekend’s Super League matches, Kazan defeated Ufa, 25-20, 25-12, 25-17 on Jan. 16. Priddy scored 13 points on 10 kills (0.64 hitting percentage) and three blocks. He also had eight receptions, 75 percent positive and 13 percent excellent. Ball started all three sets for Kazan, scoring one point on a block and setting the team to a 0.48 hitting percentage.

Kazan is in second place in the league while Ufa sits in 11th.

To view photos from the match, including a group of Kazan fans who are still fans of former Kazan player Clay Stanley, click here.

Hansen and Novy Urengoy also won last weekend, defeating Lokomotiv Belogorie, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 24-26, 25-23, 15-13). Hansen played as a substitute in the second and third sets and scored one point on one kill. Novy Urengoy is in sixth place in the league while Belogorie is in fourth.

To view photos from the match, click here.

ITALY

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and his Italian Serie A league team Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza got back on the winning track with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 victory over U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his visiting team Copra Morpho Piacenza on Jan. 16.

Rooney was the second-leading scorer for his team with 10 points on nine kills (0.39 hitting percentage) and one block. He was credited with 12 receptions, 50 percent positive and 17 percent excellent. Holt had one point on one kill for visiting Copra.

In a Cup of Italy match on Jan. 19, Rooney and Monza Brianza lost to Itas Diatec Trentino, 25-27, 25-16, 25-19. Rooney scored five points on four kills and one block. He was credited with 22 receptions, 45 percent positive and 18 percent excellent.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led his team Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia with 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as host Vibo Valentia fell to Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-13, 23-25, 15-9) on Jan. 16.

Anderson scored on 17 kills (0.33 hitting percentage) and three blocks. Anderson was also credited with 33 receptions, 64 percent positive and 39 percent excellent.

A few days later in Cup of Italy action on Jan. 19, Anderson again led his team with 19 points but Vibo Valentia again fell to Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20). Anderson scored on 18 kills (0.47 hitting percentage) and one block. Anderson was credited with 24 receptions, 46 percent positive and 25 percent excellent.

U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) was one of two leading scorers for Marmi Lanza Verona as it defeated M. Roma Volley, 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 on Jan. 16. Lotman scored 12 points on 11 kills (0.43 hitting percentage) and one ace. He was credited with 20 receptions, 80 percent positive and 60 percent excellent.

Lotman’s teammate, U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.), scored nine points on nine kills (0.69 hitting percentage).

GREECE

Olympiacos, the Greek league team of U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), got a big victory over Panathinaikos on Jan. 16.

Olympiacos, which is in sixth place in the league, defeated Panathinaikos, the second-place team, 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-11). Jablonsky started all five sets and scored 12 points on 11 kills (0.41 hitting percentage) and one block. He was credited with 23 receptions, 52 percent positive and 26 percent excellent.

To view some photos of Jablonsky in action, click here.

U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) led all scorers with 17 points as GS Lamia defeated Aris, 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-19, 25-19) on Jan. 15. Price scored on 15 kills (0.44 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. GS Lamia is in fourth place in the league.

PAOK and U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) took a 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-13) victory over A.O. Kifisias on Jan. 16. Winder started all five sets and scored four points on one kill, one block and two aces. He set the team to a 0.35 hitting percentage. PAOK is in third place in the league.

League-leading Iraklis swept Ethnikos Alexandroupolis, 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 on Jan. 16. U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) was one of the scoring leaders with 12 points on five kills (0.71 hitting percentage), six blocks and one ace. U.S. outside hitter Ryan Owens (Evanston, Ill.) started only the first set and scored three points on two kills and one block.

POLAND

U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów beat Delecta Bydgoszcz, 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23) on Jan. 18. Millar started all four sets and scored 10 points on seven kills (0.60 hitting percentage) and three blocks. Resovia Rzeszów is in second place in the league.

In Cup of Poland action on Jan. 19, Resovia Rzeszów defeated AZS Politechnika Warszawska, 3-1  (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23).

KOREA

Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and his Korean league team Korean Air continue to lead the league despite losing two out of their last three matches.

On Jan. 16, KAL fell to Woori, 3-2 (25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 15-10). Patak led his team with 15 points on 13 kills and two aces.

On Jan. 18, KAL came back to beat LIG, 25-21, 27-25, 25-18. Patak was one of KAL’s scoring leaders with 19 points on 17 kills, one block and one ace.

On Jan. 20, Samsung topped KAL, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20. Patak led his team with 17 points on 16 kills and one ace.

GERMANY

U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and his German league team SCC Berlin defeated Gotha, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20 on Jan. 19. Touzinsky scored nine points on six kills (0.67 hitting percentage), one block and two aces. SCC Berlin is in third place in the league.

BRAZIL

U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas fell to Volta Redonda, 25-16, 25-23, 25-16 on Jan. 15. Holmes scored seven points on two kills and five blocks. Vivo/Minas is in sixth place in the league.

SPAIN

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Unicaja Almeria continue to lead the league following a 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22) victory over FC Barcelona on Jan. 15.

Smith scored eight points on six kills (0.50 hitting percentage), one block and one ace.

FRANCE

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and his French B league team Chaumont defeated PI-Robinson, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16 on Jan. 15.

Thornton scored one point on an ace and set the team to a 0.61 kill percentage.

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