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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 28, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the defending Olympic champion, opened the 2012 season by defeating Argentina 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17 on Friday in an exhibition match played at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
The two teams will play again at 2 p.m. on Sunday at JSerra. Tickets will be available at the door or online atjserravball.eventbrite.com.
Both teams are preparing to compete in their confederation Olympic qualifying tournaments. USA Volleyball will host the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament on May 7-12 at the Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. For tickets and more information, click here.
The U.S. Men dominated most aspects of Friday’s match, leading Argentina in kills (74-61), aces (10-2) and blocks (19-11). Starting setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) helped his team to a 44.1 kill percent and a .373 hitting efficiency.
Argentina did not sent its full squad to California, as half is traveling to Cuba for friendly matches.
On Friday, outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led the U.S. Men with 16 points on 11 attacks (47.8 kill percent, .478 hitting efficiency), three blocks and two aces. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added 14 points on eight kills (66.7 kill percent, .667 hitting efficiency) and a team-high six blocks.
Opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.), who substituted for starter Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) in the second set and started the final two, scored 13 points on 10 attacks (55.6 kill percent, .389 hitting efficiency), one block and two aces.
Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) came through with 11 points, including a match-high five aces, five kills and one block.
Suxho scored nine points on three attacks, five blocks and one ace.
Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) totaled six points on four kills and two blocks. Gardner scored four points on four kills and middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) added one point with a block.
Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with two digs and 26 receptions, which were 50 percent positive. Anderson had 24 receptions, which were 71 percent positive.
Sebastian Sole led Argentina with 19 points on 13 kills and six blocks. Nicolas Bruno added 12 points on 11 attacks and one block.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Suxho at setter, Gardner at opposite and Lambourne at libero.
McKienzie started the third and fourth sets for Gardner. Holmes, outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) all played as substitutes.
In the first set, Argentina held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO). Two straight Argentina errors later tied the score at 9-9, but the South Americans came back with two kills and scored a third point on a U.S. error to lead 12-9. Knipe called timeout and Gardner connected on a quick attack, but an attack and block from Sole put Argentina ahead 14-10. It led 16-11 at the second TTO. Argentina led 17-12 when an error and two straight Priddy aces drew the U.S. to within two at 17-15. Argentina called timeout and scored on a kill, but the U.S. got a kill from Millar, an ace from McKienzie and an Anderson attack to tie the score at 18-18. The score was still tied at 21-21 when Argentina scored on a U.S. error and added two blocks and a kill to take the set. Priddy had three aces in the set.
Argentina took an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the second set and kept up the pressure at the net. The South Americans led 15-12 when the U.S. scored on a serving error. A Millar block and Argentina’s attack error tied the score and McKienzie gave the U.S. a 16-15 lead with a block. The teams battled back and forth. Argentina led 21-20 on a U.S. serving error when Priddy scored with a kill and Anderson followed with an ace. Argentina called timeout, but responded with a hitting error. Argentina called another timeout and came back with a kill by Federico Pereyra. Lee gave the U.S. set point with an attack, but a U.S. hitting error pulled Argentina to within one and Knipe called timeout. McKienzie ended the set with an attack.
Argentina jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set. The U.S. came back with a block and kill by Suxho and an Anderson kill to make it 5-4. An Argentina kill made it 6-4, but the U.S. got and Anderson block and a kill and block by Lee to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. With the U.S. Men leading 9-8, it scored four straight points on attacks from Lee and McKienzie, an Argentina error and Anderson’s ace to lead 13-8. The U.S. kept up its charge, leading 16-10 at the second TTO. It still led by six at 20-14 when Argentina scored three straight points on two kills and a block to pull to within three. Priddy responded with an attack and block. McKienzie scored with an attack to make it 23-17. Argentina got an attack before Lee’s quick kill gave the U.S. set point at 24-18 and the U.S. won on an Argentina miscue.
The U.S. Men came out swinging in the fourth set and led 10-1 thanks to three kills by McKienzie, three from Anderson, two aces from Priddy and a Suxho block along with an Argentina error. From there, the teams battled back and forth. With the U.S. leading 20-8, Argentina put together a run with three kills and a U.S. error to pull to within eight at 20-12. The U.S. came back with a Suxho attack and three straight blocks by Lee to reach match point at 24-12. Argentina fought off the loss five times with two kills, two aces and a U.S. error before the U.S. Men won the match on McKienzie’s kill.
U.S. Roster for Argentina Exhibition on April 27, 2012 at JSerra High School
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. Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
11. Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
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)
21. David McKienzie (Opp, 6-4, Littleton, Colo., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)