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Mar 07 U.S. World League Team to Play in Exhibition

May 19, 2011, 7:12 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. (May 19, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will have its final warmup for the 2011 FIVB World League at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, when it holds a Red versus Blue intra-squad exhibition at the JSerra High School Pavilion (26351 Junipero Serra Road) in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) stressed that the exhibition will be an opportunity for fans to see some of the newer Men’s National Team players in action, as well as the veterans.

“We are proud of every player on our World League roster and are expecting great play from all of them,” Knipe said. “While we will have a strong set of veterans at the exhibition and at World League, fans should also be watching the development of our younger players like Russell Holmes, Matt Anderson, Max Holt and Paul Lotman.”

Among the players expected to compete on Saturday are 10 members of the 2008 team that won the FIVB World League and the Olympic gold medal: Opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), outside hitter and current team captain Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.).Although he is not on the World League roster, outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) will participate in the match.

The roster also includes 2004 Olympic setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania). The newer World League players to watch in the exhibition are outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.).

The U.S. Men will begin their 2011 World League campaign on May 27-28 when they will play two matches against world No. 10-ranked Poland in Lodz.  

The teams will be divided into blue and red prior to the exhibition.

Tickets will cost $10 at the door. For questions, contact Tim Layton at TLayton@JSerra.org.

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE        

Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Poland 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.).

For more information, visit the USA Volleyball World League web site.

2011 FIVB World League 20-Player Preliminary Roster

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
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)
11 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Gabe Gardner (Opp, 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
19 Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
20 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

U.S. Men’s Schedule for the 2011 FIVB World League

Continental Round (pool play)
Date: May 27-28
Opponent: Poland
Location: Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland

Date: June 3-4
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Brazil
Location: Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Date: June 17-18 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Poland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. – BUY TICKETS

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

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

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