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U.S. Men Can't Stop Russia at World Cup

Nov. 22, 2011, 6:51 a.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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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 22, 2011) –The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team fell to a powerful Russian squad 25-18, 25-19, 26-24 on Tuesday in a 2011 FIVB World Cup match in Kagoshima, Japan.

The U.S. Men finish the first round of the World cup with a record of 1-2 and will take Wednesday off to travel to their next venue at Kumamoto, where they will face Egypt (1-2) on Thursday at 11 a.m. local time (Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. PT) and Italy (2-1) on Friday at 6:20 p.m. local time (Nov. 25 at 1:20 a.m. PT).

The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Dec. 4 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Men’s tournament event page at http://usavolleyball.org/events/5557.

Russia, which is ranked No. 2 in the world, kept up the pressure on the fourth-ranked U.S. Men on Tuesday, out-attacking the U.S., 43-28 and out-blocking it 14-9. The U.S. led in aces 3-2, and also took advantage of 20 Russia team errors while committing 17.

Opposite and Team Captain Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) was the only U.S. player in double figures with 17 points on 12 kills, two blocks and three aces. His kill percent was 66. 7 and his hitting efficiency was 0.667 (12-0-18).

Stanley’s three aces came in the third set and helped the United States take its first significant lead over Russia.

Russia led the first set 16-15 when it put together a four-point run on three kills and a block and the U.S. could not recover. Russia’s lead was 9-8 in the second set when it got a 5-1 run, which the U.S. could not overcome.

In the third set, Russia led 12-11 when the U.S. tied the score on a service error. Stanley followed with an ace straight at Russian libero Alexander Solokov. Russia called timeout, but Stanley responded with another ace at Solokov. Stanley’s third ace gave the U.S. a 16-12 lead at the second technical timeout. The U.S. increased its lead to six at 19-13 before Russia began its comeback. The U.S. eventually took set point at 24-22, but Russia fought it off with a kill and block. Out of system, the U.S. was called for a lift to give Russia match point and Russia’s Maxim Mikhaylov ended the match with a kill.

“We didn’t have good balance tonight,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “We had lots of success by Clay [Stanley] and not much help, which was similar to last night when we were heavy with Matt [Anderson]. We’d like to work to get balance and consistency; we passed better tonight and got in position after fighting, were in position to win set three.”

Stanley added: “As far as the game goes, we showed up little late. I thought we struggled from the left side and struggled to get our offense going in the middle of the court. It’s disappointing that in third with the lead we had, that we couldn’t finish and continue the match longer.”

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) was held to seven points on six attacks and a block. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added six points on four kills and two blocks.

Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), who took over for a struggling Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) in the second set, scored three points on kills. Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), who started the third set for Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), scored three points on blocks. Millar scored three points on two attacks and one block.

Anderson, the United States’ leading scorer against Brazil on Monday, finished with one point on a kill.

U.S. setter Kevin Hansen was credited with 13 assists. The U.S. Men’s kill percent was 36.8 and its hitting efficiency was 0.132 (28-18-76). Russia’s kill percent was 49.4 and its hitting efficiency was 0.333 (43-14-87).

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 12 excellent receptions to lead the U.S. He also had two digs.

Stanley led the U.S. in digs with three, but as a team, the U.S. was credited with only eight digs and eight faults as compared to 20 digs and nine faults for Russia.

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

Rooney substituted for Anderson in the second set and started the third. Holmes started the third set for Millar. Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) played as a substitute, providing defensive help in the back row. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) played as a serving substitute.

Opposite Maxim Mikhaylov led Russia with 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace.

Russia advanced to the World Cup with a wild card after failing to qualify at the European zone championship. The U.S. Men played Russia in the Final Round of the 2011 World League and fell, 3-1. They went 1-3 against Russia during the 2010 World League and lost to Russia in the fifth-place match of the 2010 FIVB World Championship. The U.S. Men are now 56-45 against Russia since 1981.

“We have two things in sport, one is winning and one is losing,” Russia Head Coach Vladimir Alekno said. “You can sometimes be proud of losing and sometimes ashamed of winning, and today we can be proud of this win.”

The U.S. gained a 3-1 lead in the first set, including a Millar block and two Russia errors. Russia came back to tie it at 3-3 and the teams exchanged points until the U.S. led 8-7 at the first technical timeout (TTO).  The teams stayed even after the break, exchanging points until it was tied 14-14. The U.S. got kills from Priddy, Stanley and Millar; the kill from Millar coming as the result of  a powerful Priddy serve. At 14-14, Russia scored twice on a kill and block to lead 16-14 at the second TTO. Russia’s next serve went out of bounds to cut the deficit by one, but Alexander Volkov came back with a kill for Russia, setting off a 4-0 run that gave Russia a 20-15 lead. Lee scored for the U.S. with a tip over the block. But the next U.S. serve went out and Volkov served Russia to set point, including an ace. Stanley held off the loss with a kill off the block and Millar scored with a block before Russia won the set on a kill. Russia out-attacked the U.S. 15-7 in the set. The U.S. got nine points off Russia errors.

Russia took a 6-3 lead in the second set, scoring three straight points on a kill and two blocks. The U.S. pulled to within one on Russia’s error and a Stanley block. But Russia led 8-6 at the first TTO.  A Lee block made the score 8-7 after the break. But with Russia leading 9-8, it went on a 4-0 run, including two straight blocks by Alexander Butko, to lead 12-8. Knipe called timeout and Priddy scored with a kill off the block. Butko came back with a setter dump and Denis Biriukov added a tip to increase Russia’s lead to five. Russia led 16-10 at the second TTO. Russia scored on a block after the break. The U.S. came back with Anderson’s first kill of the match and a Priddy strike off an overpass to make Russia’s lead 18-13. The U.S. did not score more than one point in a row as Russia took the 25-19 victory. Russia out-blocked the U.S. 6-2 in the set. Stanley led the U.S. with seven points.

Rooney, who substituted for Anderson in the second set, started the third and Holmes started for Millar. Russia took an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the third set, as the U.S. scored on kills from Stanley and Rooney and a Holmes block. Two straight Russia errors pulled the U.S. to within one at 8-7. Russia came back to score with a kill off the block. With Russia leading 10-8, Russia’s service error followed by a Stanley block and kill gave the U.S. its first lead at 11-10. With Russia leading 12-11, the U.S. scored off Russia’s serving error. Rooney scored on a kill and Stanley added an ace served straight at Russian libero Alexander Sokolov to give the U.S. a 14-12 lead. Russia called timeout to try to cool off Stanley, but he responded with another ace aimed straight at Sokolov. Stanley’s third straight ace gave the U.S. the 16-12 lead at the second TTO. Stanley’s service error ended his run, but the U.S. came back with a block by Priddy and two straight blocks from Holmes to lead 19-13. Russia came back with three straight points on a U.S. service error and two straight kills to cut the lead to three at 19-16. The U.S. lead was still three at 21-18 when the U.S. scored on Priddy’s right-side attack and Lee’s block to lead 23-18. Volkov came back with a kill and then took the serve, helping Russia pull to within one at 23-22. Rooney gave the U.S. set point with a kill. But Mikhaylov scored with an attack and Nikolay Apalikov had a block to tie the score. Out of system, the U.S. was called for a lift on the next play, giving Russia set point. Mikhaylov ended the match with a kill. Stanley again led the U.S. with seven points in the set. Mikhaylov had seven for Russia.

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 2011
U.S. Men's Roster for Nov. 22
 
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)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13C Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Doctor: Scott Magness and William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Massage Therapist: Eli Evette
Scout Coach: Frank Ciarelli
Scout Coach: Andy Read

Qualified Teams

Team (Qualification Method, World Ranking as of Jan 15, 2011, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South America Champion, 1, 1)
Serbia (Europe Champion, 3, 5)
Cuba (NORCECA Champion, 4, 6)
Egypt (Africa Champion, 13, 12)
Iran (Asia Champion, 19, 14)
USA (NORCECA Runner Up, 5, 4)
Italy (Europe Runner Up, 6, 3)
Argentina (South America Runner Up, 8, 9)
China (Asia Runner Up, 11, 10)
Japan (Hosts, 14, 18)
Russia (Wild Card, 2, 2)
Poland (Wild Card, 10, 8)

Tournament Schedule (All times local except for U.S. matches in bold)

1st round
Nagoya (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall/Result
1 SRB-ARG 20-Nov 11:00 Nagoya ARG def SRB, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
2 POL-CUB 20-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def CUB, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16
3 IRI-JPN 20-Nov 18:20 Nagoya IRI def JPN, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15
7 CUB-IRI 21-Nov 11:00 Nagoya CUB def IRI, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22
8 SRB-POL 21-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def SRB 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 30-28
9 ARG-JPN 21-Nov 18:20 Nagoya ARG def JPN 25-22, 21-25, 11-25, 25-15, 15-12
13 IRI-SRB 22-Nov 11:00 Nagoya IRI def SRB 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11
14 POL-ARG 22-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def ARG 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22
15 JPN-CUB 22-Nov 18:20 Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall

Kagoshima (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall/Result
4 CHN-USA 20-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima USA def. CHN 25-14, 25-23, 25-21
5 ITA-RUS 20-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima RUS def ITA 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21
6 EGY-BRA 20-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima BRA def EGY 25-19, 25-13, 25-19
10 EGY-ITA 21-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima ITA def EGY 25-22, 25-15, 25-20
11 BRA-USA 21-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima BRA def USA 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16
12 RUS-CHN 21-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def CHN 25-18, 25-20, 25-18
16 CHN-EGY 22-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima EGY def CHN 25-20, 25-20, 25-18
17 ITA-BRA 22-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima ITA def BRA 25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 22-20
18 USA-RUS 22-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def USA, 25-18, 25-19, 26-24

2nd round

Osaka (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall
19 ARG-CUB 24-Nov 11:00 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
20 POL-IRI 24-Nov 15:00 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
21 SRB-JPN 24-Nov 18:20 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
25 IRI-ARG 25-Nov 11:00 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
26 CUB-SRB 25-Nov 15:00 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
27 JPN-POL 25-Nov 18:20 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium

Kumamoto (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall
22 EGY-USA 24-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
22 EGY-USA 23-Nov 18:00 PT    
23 BRA-RUS 24-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
24 ITA-CHN 24-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
28 RUS-EGY 25-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
29 CHN-BRA 25-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
30 USA-ITA 25-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
30 USA-ITA 25-Nov 01:20 PT    

3rd round

Fukuoka (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall
31 IRI-USA 27-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
31 IRI-USA 26-Nov 18:00 PT    
32 POL-CHN 27-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
33 JPN-EGY 27-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
37 IRI-EGY 28-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
38 POL-USA 28-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
38 POL-USA 27-Nov 22:00    
39 JPN-CHN 28-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
43 POL-EGY 29-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
44 IRI-CHN 29-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 01:20 PT    

Hamamatsu (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall
34 SRB-RUS 27-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
35 ARG-BRA 27-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
36 CUB-ITA 27-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
40 ARG-RUS 28-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
41 CUB-BRA 28-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
42 SRB-ITA 28-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
46 CUB-RUS 29-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
47 ARG-ITA 29-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
48 SRB-BRA 29-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena

4th round

Tokyo (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall
49 IRI-BRA 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
50 POL-ITA 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
51 JPN-RUS 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
55 IRI-RUS 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
56 POL-BRA 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
57 JPN-ITA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
61 POL-RUS 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
62 IRI-ITA 04-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
63 JPN-BRA 04-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium

Tokyo (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall
52 SRB-EGY 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
53 CUB-CHN 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 0:1:20 PT    
58 SRB-CHN 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
59 ARG-EGY 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 01:20 PT    
64 CUB-EGY 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
65 ARG-CHN 04-Dec 14:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec 17:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec midnight PT    
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