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U.S. Men's Players Compete in Qatar

Oct. 14, 2011, 6:57 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 14, 2011) – U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes was named Best Blocker as his Polish men’s volleyball club team KS Jastryebski Wegiel won the silver medal at the FIVB Club World Championships on Friday in Doha, Qatar.

The Russian club team Zenit Kazan, including Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) finished third.

After going 3-0 in pool play and winning its semifinal match over Brazil’s SESI-Sao Paolo, the team from Poland fell to Italy’s Trentino Diatec Trento in the final, 29-31, 25-16, 25-11, 25-16.

Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) started the final match for Poland at middle blocker and finished with six points on five kills and one block. U.S. setter Brian Thornton (Lakewood, Calif.), who also competes for Jastrzebie, played as a substitute.

Holmes led all blockers in the tournament with 14 for an average of 0.7 per set. Priddy finished third among all blockers with 11, for a total of 0.58 per set.

Holmes also finished fifth among all servers with six aces for an average of 0.3 per set.

In the third-place match, Kazan defeated SESI Sao Paolo, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23. Priddy started the first and fourth sets and finished with seven points on five attacks and two blocks.

The two teams faced each other in pool play on Oct. 10, with Wegiel winning a battle, 25-22, 25-17, 11-25, 21-25, 19-17. Priddy started all five sets and scored 15 points on 10 kills and five blocks. Holmes started all five sets for his team and scored six points on two kills, three blocks and one ace.


This is a list of men's volleyball players from the United States who are registered to play for club teams in another country through the FIVB:

Player Name Club Name Country
Adler, Matt VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria
Ammerman, Ryan Copra Volley Piacenza SRL Italy
Anderson, Matthew Pallavolo Modena SSDRL Italy
Ball, Lloy URAL UFA Russia
Billings, Brook Istanbul BBSK Turkey
Bourne, Tri Corozal Plataneros Puerto Rico
Brunner, Theodore GS Robur Angelo Costa ssd a r.l. Italy
Budinger Jr., Duncan Raision Loimu Finland
Burik, Mark Ok Miadost Marina Kastela Croatia
Ching, Tony Mayaguez Indios Puerto Rico
Deimeke, Joseph Evivo Dueren Germany
Denmark, Matthew VfB Friedrichshafen Germany
Devany, Vincenzo VC Gotha Germany
Durbin, Patrick Perungan Pojat Finland
Dyer, Brennon VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria
Einhorn, Austin TSV Husum 1875 e.V. Germany
Fabry, Daniel VBK Tierp Sweden
Friend, Kyle TSV Giesen/48 Hildesheim Germany
Gramit, Kyle Falkenberg VBK Sweden
Hansen, Kevin Arkas Spor Turkey
Hein, Andrew Lausanne Universite Club Switzerland
Hickerson, Bryce ABC Titans Berg. Land Germany
Holmes, Russell KS Jastrzebski Wegiel SA Poland
Holt, Maxwell Copra Volley Piacenza SRL Italy
Huberty, Ryan UVC Ried/Innkreis Austria
Jablonsky, Jayson Saems Tourcoing VB France
Kehoe Jr., Steven Isku-Volley Tampere Finland
Kellum, Daniel Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Klanac, John RWE Volleys Bottrop Germany
Klein, Joseph Abiant Lycurgus Netherlands
Kneubuhl, Isaac VC Gotha Germany
Lee, David Dinamo Moscow Russia
Lipsitz, Max Mayaguez Indios Puerto Rico
Lotman, Paul Resovia SA Rzeszow Poland
Masterson, Kyle Waremme Belgium
Mathews, Daniel Chenois Volleyball Club Switzerland
May, Timothy Adjuntas Volleyball Club Puerto Rico
McKibbin, Riley Umbria Volley srl Italy
McKniff, Kevin Guaynabo Los Mets Puerto Rico
Menzel, Jeffrey C.V. Almeria Spain
Millar, Ryan Lokomotiv Nobosibirsk Russia
Moore, Jacob UVC Ried/Innkreis Austria
Morice, Michael Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Muagututia, Garrett Raision Loimu Finland
Murray, Luke Ponce Leones Puerto Rico
Price, William GFCO Ajaccio VB France
Priddy, William Zenit Kazan Russia
Proper, Matthew Naranjito Changos Puerto Rico
Ptak, Jeffrey Al Jazira United Arab Emirates
Ptaschinski, Nick TSV Giesen/48 Hildesheim Germany
Ratajczak, Jacek VC Gotha Germany
Reinholm, Cole VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria
Rester, Austin Adjuntas Volleyball Club Puerto Rico
Riecks, Cory VfB Friedrichshafen Germany
Riley, Joshua VBK Tierp Sweden
Romero, Evan Lausanne Universite Club Switzerland
Rooney, Sean Gabeca Pallavolo SPA Italy
Rosener, Jacob Vingakers VK Sweden
Salmon, Riley C.A. Once Unidos Argentina
Sauro, Michael Oslo Volley Norway
Schardt, Christopher Orkelljunga VK Sweden
Scheftic, Nick VC Brixental Austria
Scott, Damien Guaynabo Los Mets Puerto Rico
Shoji, Kawika SCC Berlin Germany
Smith, David Tours Volley-ball France
Stafford, Ryan Avignon VB France
Stanley, Clayton URAL UFA Russia
Stewart, Andrew Lausanne Universite Club Switzerland
Suxho, Donald Volley Treviso S.P.A. Italy
Tarr, Robert AS Cannes VB France
Thornton, Brian KS Jastrzebski Wegiel SA Poland
Touzinsky, Scott Fajardo Cariduros Puerto Rico
Troy, Murphy Top Volley SRL Italy
Vance, Eric A.S. Orange Nassau France
Walker, Joshua Bani Yas United Arab Emirates
Watten, Dustin Raision Loimu Finland
Webber, James A.D. Club Voleibol Teruel Spain
Wiens, Jacob Abiant Lycurgus Netherlands
Wilson, Taylor Hylte VBK Sweden
Winder, Jonathan Saems Tourcoing VB France
Wooldridge, Eric Kokkolan Tiikerit Finland
Yhost, Jason Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Yoder, Cory Ponce Leones Puerto Rico
Zahn, Austin C.V. Almeria Spain
Zornig, Jeff VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria