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U.S. Men's Update: Priddy, Ball Lead Kazan

March 16, 2011, 8:17 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. (March 16, 2011) – It’s another week of updates on U.S. Men’s National and A2 Team players competing around the world.

RUSSIA

Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), returned to league play with a 3-1 (12-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23) victory over Lokomotiv Novosibirsk on March 16.

Priddy led his team with 16 points on 14 kills (0.52 hitting percentage) and two aces. Ball scored three points on two kills and one ace. He also set Kazan to a 0.39 hitting percentage.

U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his team Kuzbass Kemerovo fell to Fakel Novy Urengoi, 26-24, 25-23, 25-18 on March 16.

Lee scored one point on one kill. U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) was on Novy Urengoi’s roster for the match but did not play. To view photos of Novy Urengoi getting ready for the match, click here.

Ural Ufa, the Russian team of U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) fell to Lokomotiv Belogorie, 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-20) on March 16. Stanley scored 10 points on seven kills, one block and two aces.

To read an interview with Clay Stanley on RussiaVolley.com, click here.

U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) made his debut with Yaroslavich Yaroslavl on March 16 in its 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Dynamo Yantar. Hein played as a substitute and did not score.

ITALY

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and his Italian Serie A team Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza defeated Andreoli Latina, 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23) on March 13. Rooney scored 21 points on 15 kills (0.42 hitting percentage), three blocks and three aces.

Marmi Lanza Verona, including U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), beat Yoga Forlì, 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 12-25, 15-13).

Lotman started every set but the fourth and scored 10 points on seven kills, one block and two aces. He was credited with 24 receptions, 50 percent positive and 38 percent excellent. Brunner started all five sets and scored eight points on four kills and four blocks.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia fell to Bcc-Nep Castellana Grotte, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23 on March 13. Anderson scored seven points on six kills and one ace. He was credited with 34 receptions, 56 percent positive and 50 percent excellent.

To view photos from Vibo Valentia’s March 5 match against RPA-LuigiBacchi.It San Giustino, click here.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his Italian team Copra Morpho Piacenza lost to Itas Diatec Trentino, 25-23, 25-14, 25-23 on March 13. Holt scored 11 points on seven kills (0.64 hitting percentage), one block and three aces.

To view photos from Piacenza’s March 6 match against Lube Banca Marche Macerata, click here.

U.S. opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) and his Italian Serie A2 league team Sir Safety Perugia fell to Energy Resources Carilo Loreto, 25-23, 29-27, 28-26 on March 13. Gardner started the first two sets and scored three points on three kills.

GREECE

U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and PAOK won their seven straight Hellenic league match, 25-18, 30-28, 25-18 over U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) and GS Lamia on March 12.

Winder scored three points on two kills and one block and also set PAOK to a 0.45 hitting percentage. Price led his team with 18 points on 17 kills and one block.

PAOK is in third place in the league.

Iraklis, including U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and outside hitter Ryan Owens (Evanston, Ill.), held on to first place in the league with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 sweep of Panellenios on March 12.

Billings led all scorers with 15 points on 13 kills (0.68 hitting percentage) and two aces. Owens added 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

GERMANY

U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and his German league team SCC Berlin posted two straight sweeps this week.

On March 12, SCC Berlin topped TV Bühl, 28-26, 25-16, 25-16. Touzinsky finished with 10 points on eight kills (0.62 hitting percentage), one block and one ace.

On March 16, SCC Berlin beat Moerser SC, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18. Touzinsky scored 12 points on 10 kills (0.77 hitting percentage) and two aces.

BRAZIL

U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Brazilian Superleague team Vivo/Minas took a hard-fought victory over league-leading CIMED, 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 27-29, 25-16, 15-12) on March 12.

Holmes scored 16 points on nine kills, a match-high six blocks and one ace.

POLAND

In the playoff for first-sixth place in the Polish league, U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and his Polish league team Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated AZS Politechnika Warszawska on March 15.

Millar scored 10 points on seven kills and a match-high three blocks.

In the battle for seventh-10th place in the Polish league, Fart Kielce, including U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) beat Indykpol AZS UWM Olsztyn, 3-2 (27-29, 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 15-12) on March 12.

Lambourne was credited with 14 receptions, 79 percent positive and 64 percent excellent.

SPAIN

Unicaja Almeria, the Spanish league team of U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), swept Ortodent Caravaca 2010, 25-14, 25-12, 25-15 on March 12.

Smith started the first two sets and scored two points on two kills. Salmon did not play.

KOREA

U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) led his Korean league team Korean Air to a sweep of KEPCO45, 3-1 (26-24, 18-25, 25-21, 25-20).

Patak led all scorers with 29 points on 23 kills, four blocks and two aces.

FRANCE

U.S. outside hitter Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) scored 17 points as his French A league team Tours defeated Ajaccio, 25-14, 25-23, 29-27 on March 12.

Nielsen substituted in the first set and started the next two, scoring on a match-high 15 kills, one block and one ace. Tours leads the league.

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) helped their French B league team Chaumont to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-14 victory over St-Brieuc on March 11.

Vance scored eight points on six kills, one block and one ace. Thornton added two points on two blocks and set the team to a 0.49 kill percentage. Chaumont is in second place in the league.

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