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Poland Sails Past U.S. Men, 3-0

June 17, 2011, 10:37 p.m. (ET)

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

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (June 17, 2011) – As a sea of 4,700 mostly Polish fans did "The Wave" around the Sears Centre Arena, Poland defeated the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 on Friday.

The two teams are now both have 4-3 records and 12 points each, but Poland has the edge thanks to the points ratio. The United States and Poland will play again on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in Hoffman Estates.

Despite the heavily pro-Poland crowd, U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) refused to make excuses for his team.

“It was a great volleyball atmosphere,” he said. “It had nothing to do with our performance.”

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) paced the U.S. Men with 13 points on 11 kills (50.0 kill percent), one block and one ace. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 11 points on eight kills (36.0 kill percent) and three aces for the U.S.

Poland’s Zbigniew Bartman led all scorers with 16 points on a match-high 14 kills and two blocks. Bartosz Kurek added 12 points on eight kills, one block and three aces.

Poland out-hit the U.S. Men 52-43. Poland’s hitting efficiency was 0.451 and its kill percent was 52. The United States’ hitting efficiency was 0.301 and its kill percent was 41.

Poland out-blocked the U.S. 10-5 and had five aces to four for the U.S. Poland was credited with 25 digs (6 errors) and the U.S. Men were credited with 29 digs (5 errors).

“We practiced the same way we played tonight,” Priddy said. “It was a good job by Poland, but the problem is on our side.”

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) totaled seven points on seven kills. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) finished with six points on two kills and a match-high four blocks.

Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), who played as a substitute, scored four points on four kills. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), who also played as a substitute, scored two points on two kills.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne was credited with 15 digs and one fault on 16 attempts. Priddy had eight digs and two faults on 15 attempts. Starting setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) was credited with 12 assists. Backup setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), who played the last part of the third set, had two.

Knipe started Priddy and Anderson at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Thornton at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Holmes started the third set for Millar. Lotman, outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) all played as substitutes.

The U.S. held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set. With the score tied at 3-3, Poland scored twice on a Michal Kubiak kill and a block to go ahead 5-3. The U.S. came back on Poland’s service error, hitting violation and Lee block to lead 6-5. The teams were tied at 7-7 when the U.S. went ahead on Stanley’s kill. The teams traded points until the score was tied at 11-11 and Poland was called for a net violation. It came back with a kill from Kubiak, ace from Marcin Moznzonek and kill by Bartman, leading Knipe to call timeout. However after the break and a long rally, Poland scored again on two straight Kubiak kills to lead 16-12 at the second TTO. The United States came out of the break and scored twice on a Priddy kill and Poland’s hitting error to pull to within two at 16-14, but Poland ended the run with a Piotr Nowakowski kill. The teams traded points until Poland’s led 20-17. The U.S. scored on Anderson’s kill followed by a Stanley ace. Poland called timeout, but Poland Head Coach Andrea Anastasi’s plan to ice Stanley’s serve was thwarted as Stanley aced again to tie the score at 20-20. The teams traded service errors to make it 21-21. Poland scored on two straight blocks to lead 23-21. Knipe called timeout and Priddy scored on a tip. Poland came back with a Kubiak kill and U.S. hitting error to win the set. Kubiak led all scorers with seven points on seven kills. Lee had two blocks.

The U.S. took a 3-2 lead to open the second set, scoring on kills by Anderson and Stanley. But Poland tied the score on a U.S. serving error and then went ahead on a U.S. hitting error, ace from Kurek and a block. Knipe called timeout but Poland kept coming, using a kill and U.S. hitting error to lead 8-3 at the first TTO. Poland scored two more points coming out of the break on two kills before Priddy ended the run with a tip. With Poland leading 11-5, the U.S. score on Poland’s serving error and an Anderson kill. The teams traded service errors and Priddy scored with an ace followed by a Lee kill to pull within two at 12-10. With Poland leading 13-11, it scored on two kills in a row to lead 15-11. Stanley took the serve on Poland’s error and struck with an ace, but Poland’s Kubiak came back with a kill to give Poland a 16-13 at the second TTO. Poland maintained a three-point lead until it was 20-17 and it went up by four on a Kurek kill off an overpass. Knipe called timeout and Priddy scored with a kill, but Poland took a 22-18 lead when Anderson hit the antenna. Two more Poland kills gave it set point at 24-18. Anderson scored with a kill before Bartman ended the set with a strike.

Holmes started the third set for Millar at middle blocker. The U.S. opened a 3-1 lead in the third set, including a Priddy kill. It led by two at the first TTO, 8-6, with Priddy scoring the deciding blow. Poland came back to tie the score after the break with a Mozdzonek block and Kurek kill. The teams traded points until the score was tied 10-10 and Poland struck twice on a U.S. service error and Kurek ace. Knipe called timeout, but Kurek answered with another ace. Kills by Stanley and Mozdzonek gave Poland a 14-11 lead. Poland reached the second TTO with a 16-11 edge after a Mozdzonek ace and U.S. hitting error. Knipe brought in Suxho for Thornton and Lotman for Anderson and Lotman scored four of the United States’ final eight points. Poland reached match point at 24-19 on a kill by Bartman. Lotman had a kill before a U.S. service error ended the match.

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TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Poland on June 18 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates are available at the Sears Centre Arena Box Office (5333 Prairie Stone Parkway), online at SearsCentre.com or by calling (888) SEARSTIX (732-7784).

Tickets to see the U.S. Men take on world No. 1 Brazil in Tulsa at the Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa are available online at TulsaHurricane.com. Tickets are available at the box office (800 South Tucker Drive) by calling (918) 631-4688 or in person (office hours 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday).

Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Puerto Rico on July 1-2 (7 p.m. PT both nights) at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach can be purchased by visiting the Long Beach State athletics web site, by calling the ticket office at (562) 985-4949 or by visiting the box office (open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. starting June 6; the address is 1250 Bellflower Blvd.).

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2011 FIVB World League
12-Player Roster for June 17 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
(12-player rosters for each match are announced shortly prior)

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 Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-7, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: John Hawks (Huntington Beach, Calf.)
Assistant Coach:
Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Doctor: Michael Terry (Burr Ridge, Ill.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool A Standings
Team record (points)
1. Brazil 5-1 (15)
2. Poland 4-3 (12)
3. USA 4-3 (12)
4. Puerto Rico 0-6 (0)

U.S. Schedule and Results

Date: May 27-28
Opponent: Poland
Location: Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland
May 27: Poland def. USA, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19
May 28: USA def. Poland, 25-22, 25-19, 37-35

Date: June 3-4
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: 
Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico
June 3: USA def. Puerto Rico, 24-26, 29-27, 25-17, 25-17
June 4: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-12

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Brazil
Location:
Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
June 11: Brazil def. USA, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21
June 12: USA def. Brazil, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24

Date: June 17-18 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Poland
Location: 
Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. - BUY TICKETS
June 17: Poland def. USA, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20

Date: June 24-25 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Brazil
Location: 
Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa (Okla.)  - BUY TICKETS

Date: July 1-2 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. - BUY TICKETS

Date: July 6-10
Opponent: Teams must qualify
Location: Gdansk-Sopot, Poland

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