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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 22, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team got scoring from nine different players as it took down Mexico, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 on Friday at the London Volleyball International Invitational at Earls Court in Great Britain.
The U.S. Men improved their record to 2-1 while Mexico fell to 0-3. The U.S. will play host Great Britain on Saturday.
The U.S. got another great hitting performance on Saturday as Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) started at setter. The U.S. had 43 kills and six errors on 71 attacks (0.521 hitting efficiency, 60.1 kill percent) while Mexico had 28 kills and six errors on 68 attempts (0.235 hitting efficiency, 41.2 kill percent).
The U.S. out-blocked Mexico 6-3 and had 10 aces while Mexico scored on three.
Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) each had 12 points for the United States to lead all scorers. Patak (0.316 hitting efficiency, 31.6 kill percent) scored on nine kills and a match-high three aces. Jablonsky scored with a match-high 10 kills (0.389 hitting efficiency, 55.6 kill percent), one block and one ace.
Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 11 points on seven kills (0.778 hitting efficiency, 77.8 kill percent), two blocks and two aces.
Gerardo Contreras paced Mexico with seven points on seven kills.
Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) finished with seven points on six kills and one ace. Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) totaled five points on two kills, two blocks and one ace. Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) added five kills on five attempts.
Outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) scored four points on four kills. Thornton had two points on a block and an ace and setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored with an ace.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Jablonsky and Lotman at outside hitter, Smith and Holt at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Thornton at setter and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) at libero.
Troy, Hansen and Tarr all played as substitutes.
London Volleyball International Invitational
July 20-24 at Earls Court in Great Britain
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
3. Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
10. Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13. Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
14. Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
19. Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Bill Neville
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Therapist/Trainer: Mike Sealy
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Place Team (Match record; points)
1. Brazil (3-0; 9)
2. USA (2-1; 6)
3. Serbia (2-1; 6)
4. Egypt (1-2; 3)
5. Great Britain (1-2; 3)
6. Mexico (0-3; 0)
Tournament Schedule and Results (all times PT)
Brazil def. Egypt, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16
Great Britain def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23
Serbia def. USA, 16-25, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24
USA def. Egypt, 25-23 25-17 25-21
Brazil def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14
Serbia def. Great Britain, 25-18, 25-14, 27-25
Egypt def. Serbia, 34-32, 25-16, 25-22
Brazil def. Great Britain, 25-19, 25-22, 25-12
USA def. Mexico, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18
7 a.m. Brazil vs. Serbia
9 a.m. Egypt vs. Mexico
11 a.m. USA vs. Great Britain
7 a.m. Mexico vs. Serbia
9 a.m. Egypt vs. Great Britain
11 a.m. USA vs. Brazil