U.S. Men's Update: French Victories

Dec. 13, 2012, 9:30 a.m. (ET)

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FRANCE

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and his French league team Tours, are now 10-0 after defeating Toulouse, which includes U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 on Dec. 8. Smith scored 13 points on six attacks (66.7 kill percent, .556 hitting efficiency), five blocks and two aces. Hein scored 11 points on nine attacks (64.3 kill percent, .643 hitting efficiency) and two blocks.

AS Cannes, the French league team of U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) defeated Chaumont, 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 15-12 on Dec. 8. Tarr led his team with 22 points on 19 attacks (55.9 kill percent, .529 hitting efficiency) and three blocks. Rawson scored seven points on five kills (62.5 kill percent, .625 hitting efficiency) and two blocks.

U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) scored 18 points as his French league team Montpellier defeated Tourcoing, 22-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 18-16 on Dec. 8.

In France’s B league, AS Orange Nassau, including U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and outside hitters Damien Scott (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) defeated Lyon, 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20 on Dec. 8. Vance scored 10 points on eight attacks and two blocks. He was also credited with 14 receptions, 71 percent positive. Scott scored nine points on six kill and three blocks and was credited with 36 receptions, 78 percent positive. Watten was credited with 22 receptions, 77 percent positive.

RUSSIA

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), a 2012 Olympian, scored 18 points on Dec. 8 as his Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan took down Belogorye Belgorod, 25-22, 20-25, 25-27, 25-15, 15-6. Anderson scored on 17 attacks (54.8 kill percent, .548 hitting efficiency) and one ace. To view photo from the match, click here.

TURKEY

For a second straight week, U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), a 2004, ’08 and ’12 Olympian, led his Turkish league team Halkbank Ankara to victory. On Dec. 9, Priddy scored 20 points on 13 attacks, a match-high six blocks and one ace as Ankara defeated Ziraat Bankasi Spor K, 22-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-20. Priddy was also credited with 28 receptions, 61 percent positive.

U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), a 2008 Olympian, helped Arkas Izmir Spor to a 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 16-14 win over Galatasaray Erkek on Dec. 9. Hansen scored two points on one kill and one block. He also set his team to a 46.0 kill percent and a .331 hitting efficiency.

U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.), a 2004 Olympian, and Istanbul BBSK defeated Greenwich Saat Ted Kolejliler, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16 on Dec. 9. Billings led his team with 16 points on 14 attacks and two blocks.

GERMANY

The Berlin Recycling Volleys, including U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), a 2008 Olympian, and setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), defeated TV Rottenburg, 22-25, 25-18, 29-27, 31-29 on Dec. 9. Shoji started all four sets and scored five points on three kills and two blocks. He also set Berlin to a 49.6 kill percent and a .403 hitting efficiency. Touzinsky played as a substitute but did not score.

POLAND

U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and Jastrzębski Węgiel defeated AZS Politechnika Warszawska, 20-25, 25-13, 16-25, 25-11, 15-13 on Dec. 8. Holmes started all five sets and scored 10 points on five kills (83.3 kill percent, .833 hitting efficiency), two blocks and three aces.

U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów fell to PGE Skra Bełchatów, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 on Dec. 8. Lotman started the second and third sets and scored two points on two attacks. To view photos from the match, click here.

PUERTO RICO

In the last two playoff matches in the Puerto Rican league, U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and his team Plataneros de Corozal have defeated U.S. opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.), a 2008 Olympian and Patriotas de Lares.

On Dec. 9, Corozal defeated Lares, 25-22, 25-22, 27-29, 25-23. McKienzie led all scorers with 29 points on a match-high 26 attacks and a match-high three aces. Patak finished with 24 points on 23 kills and one block. On Dec. 11, Corozal beat Lares, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23. McKienzie again led all scorers with 20 points on 18 kills and two aces. Patak scored 16 points on 13 attacks, one block and two aces.

To view photos from Puerto Rico league matches, click here.

ARGENTINA

U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), a 2004 and ’12 Olympian, and his Argentina league team Drean Bolívar went 1-1 over the last week. On Dec. 8, Bolívar fell to Sarmiento Santana Textiles 25-22, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-10. Suxho scored three points on two kills and one block and set his team to a 61.5 kill percent and a .577 hitting efficiency. On Dec. 10, Bolívar came back to beat La Unión de Formosa, 25-17, 29-27, 25-21. Suxho scored four points on two attacks and two blocks and set Bolívar to a 68.3 kill percent and a .610 hitting efficiency.

ITALY

In Italy’s Serie A league, U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza defeated Andreoli Latina and U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.), 25-23, 25-21, 25-16 on Dec. 9. Holt started all three sets and scored nine points on six attacks (66.7 kill percent, .667 hitting efficiency), two blocks and one ace. Troy started the third set and scored five points on four attacks and one ace. U.S. middle blocker Futi Tavana (Saipipi, Samoa) is on the roster for Piacenza, but did not play.

In Italy’s Serie B league, U.S. outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) and Sieco Service Ortona fell to Vero Volley Monza, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16 on Dec. 9. Muagututia led his team with 10 points on eight attacks and two blocks.

CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

In Pool A, Matt Anderson and Zenit Kazan finished pool play undefeated and did not drop a set. On Dec. 5, Kazan defeated Germany’s visiting VfB Friedrichshafen, including U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.), 25-20, 25-17, 25-17. Anderson led his team with 15 points on 13 attacks and two aces. U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), a 2008 and ’12 Olympian making his debut with Kazan, added eight points on seven kills and one block. Denmark had one point for Friedrichshafen. On Dec. 12, Kazan beat host Knack Roeselare in Belgium, 25-17, 25-14, 28-26. Lee scored 12 points on five attacks, a match-high four blocks and three aces. Anderson added 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace. Kazan will play Scott Touzinsky, Kawika Shoji and the Berlin Recycling Volleys in the next round.

In Pool B, the Berlin Recycling Volleys, including Touzinsky and Shoji, lost their final Champions League pool play match on Dec. 12, falling to Jihostroj Ceske Budejovice in Czech Republic, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-23. Touzinsky finished with nine points on seven attacks, one block and one ace. Shoji started the first three sets and scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace. He also set Berlin to a 47.6 kill percent and a .417 hitting efficiency. They will play Anderson, Lee and Kazan in the next round.

In Pool C, David Smith and Tours lost their final two pool play matches. On Dec. 5, Tours lost to Trentino Diatec in Italy, 25-23, 25-21, 25-16. Smith finished with five points on four attacks and one block. On Dec. 12, Tours fell to visiting Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle of Poland, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-21. Smith started all four sets and scored seven points on four kills and three blocks. Tours will move on to play in the Challenge Round of the CEV Cup where it will face Ukraine’s Lokomotiv Kharkiv.

In Pool D, U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and ACH Volley Ljubljana won their final two pool play matches. On Dec. 5, ACH Volley Ljubljana beat visiting Lube Banca Marche Macerata of Italy, 25-23, 25-13, 22-25, 25-23. Jablonsky started the fourth set and scored five points on four attacks and one block. On Dec. 12, ACH Volley Ljubljana beat Generali Unterhaching in Germany, 30-28, 25-20, 17-25, 28-26. Jablonsky played as a substitute and scored two points on a kill and a block. Ljubljana will play Italy’s Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo in the next round of the Champions League.

In Pool F, Kevin Hansen and Arkas Izmir Spor won their final two pool play matches. On Dec. 4, Izmir defeated visiting CAI Teruel of Spain, 24-26, 28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12. Hansen scored three points on one kill and two blocks and set his team to a 45.4 kill percent and a .352 hitting efficiency. On Dec. 12, Izmir pull out a 25-26, 28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12 win over host Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa in Bulgaria. Hansen started the first two sets and did not score. Izmir will face Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow in the next round of the Champions League.

In Pool G, Paul Lotman and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow won its final pool play match over visiting Arago de Sete of France, 26-24, 25-14, 25-16 on Dec. 12. Lotman played as a substitute in the match and did not score. Resovia Rzeszow will play Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata in the next round of the Champions League.

The next round of the Champions League tournament will be played in January.

To view photo galleries from Champions League matches, click here.

Matches can be viewed live and on demand at laola1.tv.

CEV CUP

Reid Priddy and Halkbank Ankara will advance in the CEV Cup after defeating Russia’s Iskra Odintsovo in two matches. On Dec. 5, Ankara beat visiting Odintsovo, 26-28, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23. Priddy scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. He was also credited with 18 receptions, 61 percent positive. On Dec. 12, Ankara defeated Odintsovo in Russia, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21. Priddy scored 11 points on 10 attacks and one ace. He was also credited with nine receptions, 78 percent positive. Ankara will play Belgium’s Knack Roeselare in the Challenge Round.

Murphy Troy and Andreoli Latina will also advance after defeating Austria’s Posojilnica AICH/DOB twice in the last two matches. On Dec. 6, Latina beat visiting Posojilnica AICH/DOB, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19, 25-19. On Dec. 12, visiting Latina beat the Austrian team, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-13. Troy started the first set and scored three points on two kills and one ace. Latina will play Germany’s Generali Unterhaching in the Challenge Round.

The CEV Cup will continue in January with the Challenge Round, which will bring losing teams from the Champions League into the tournament.

To view photos from CEV Cup matches, click here.

CEV CHALLENGE CUP

Max Holt and Italy’s Copra Elior Piacenza defeated host Estonia’s Selver Tallinn in the round of 16, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 on Dec. 6. Holt scored six points for his team. The teams will play again on Dec. 13 in Italy.

UPDATED 2012-13 MEN'S TRANSFER LIST

Player Name Club Name Country
Alexander, Daniel VBK Tierp Sweden 
Ammerman, Ryan Ok Mladost Marina Kastela Croatia
Anderson, Matthew Zenit Kazan Russia
Barry, Evan Örkelljunga VK Sweden 
Baughman, James Hylte VBK Sweden 
Billings, Brook Istanbul BBSK Turkey
Bittner II, Dean Raision Loimu Finland
Bourne, Tri Ponce Leones Puerto Rico
Brown, Seth  KSV Denmark
Brubaker, Justin Falkenberg VBK Sweden 
Burrow, Ryan VK Dukla Liberec Czech Republic
Caldwell, Kyle L0334 Maaseik Belgium
Clark, Carson Montpellier Volley France
Deimeke, Joseph RWE Volleys Bottrop Germany
Denmark, Matthew VfB Friedrichshafen Germany
Devany, Vincenzo AA1333 Antwerpen Belgium
DuFault, Jordan Raision Loimu Finland
Durbin, Patrick Perungan Pojat Finland
Dusharme, Mark Allen SAEMS Tourcoing France
Eaton, William Conor VBK Tierp Sweden 
Friend, Kyle VBK Tierp Sweden 
Goubeaux Jr., Ronald Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Gramit, Kyle Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Griffith, Jonathan Oslo Volley Norway
Hansen, Kevin Arkas Spor Turkey
Hein, Andrew Toulouse France
Hemmerling, Brad Hylte VBK Sweden 
Holmes, Russell KS Jastrzębski Węgiel SA Poland
Holt, Maxwell Placenza SSD ARL Italy
Jablonsky, Jayson ACH Volley Slovenia
Jones, Matthew Volley Bartréng Luxembourg
Kauliakamoa Jr., Joseph Volley Team UNICEF Bratislava Slovakia
Kehoe Jr., Steven Isku-Volley Tampere Finland
Kellum, Daniel VC Amstetten Austria
Klanac, John Kokkolan Tiikerit Finland
Klein, Joseph Kokkolan Tiikerit Finland
Klosterman, Steven Robert Carolina Nuevos Gigantes Puerto Rico
Kozlarek, Christopher Marienlyst Denmark
Lambourne, Richard Al-Arabi Sports Club Qatar
Lawson, Bradley Chemie Volley Mitteldeutschland Germany
Lee, David RAYYAN Sports Club Qatar (released from club 11/21/12)
Lee, David Zenit Kazan Russia
Lotman, Paul Asseco Resovia SA Poland
Masterson, Kyle Marienlyst Denmark
Matthews, Daniel Chênois Volleyball Club Switzerland
McDonnell, Daniel Raision Loimu Finland
McKibbin, Riley Altotevere Volley SSD A RL  Italy
McKienzie, David Lares Patriotas Puerto Rico
McLachlin, Spencer MAS NIKI Aiginiou Greece
Menzel, Jeffrey New Mater s.r.l. Italy
Mitchell, Jack AERO Odolena Voda Czech Republic
Muagututia, Garrett A.S.D. Pallavolo Impavida Ortona Italy
Nadazdin, Srdjan Amicale Laique de Canteleu Maromme VB France
Nally, Andrew Nancy Volley M.J. France
Olree, Pieter Al-Arabi Sports Club Qatar
Owens, Ryan Jay GS Robur Angelo Costa ssd a r.l. Italy
Patak, Evan Corozal Plataneros Puerto Rico
Pollock, Matthew Perungan Pojat Finland
Priddy, William Halkbank Ankara Turkey
Ptak, Jeffrey Mayaguez Indios Puerto Rico
Ptaschinski, Nick Abiant Lycurgus Netherlands
Ratajczak, Jacek A.L. De Caudry France
Rawson, Matthew AS Cannes VB France
Rester, Austin Maratonistas de Coamo Puerto Rico
Riecks, Cory TV Bühl Germany
Sangrey, Shawn Perungan Pojat Finland
Sauro, Michael Hvidovre VK Denmark
Schmitz, Jeffrey Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Schoenfeldt, Theodore SSS Netherlands
Scott, Damien A.S. Orange Nassau France
Shoji, Eric  Chemie Volley Mitteldeutschland Germany
Shoji, Kawika SCC Berlin Germany
Smith, David Tours Volleyball France
Spence, Corbett Montpellier France
Stafford, Ryan Aaron Al Nassr Al saudi club Saudi Arabia
Stanley, Clayton Lokomotiv Nobosibirsk Russia
Sunder, Joseph Volley Team UNICEF Bratislava Slovakia
Suxho, Donald Ciudad de Bolívar Argentina
Tarr, Robert AS Cannes VB France
Tavana, Vaafuti Placenza SSD ARL Italy
Thobe, Matthew Oslo Volley Norway
Touzinsky, Scott SCC Berlin Germany
Troy, Murphy Top Volley SRL Italy
Vance, Eric A.S. ORANGE NASSAU France
Vazquez, Alexander VSV Oelsnitz e.V. Germany
Vogel, Nicholas Panathinaikos SC Athens Greece
Walker, Joshua Panathinaikos SC Athens Greece
Watten, Dustin A.S. Orange Nassau France
Wiens, Jacob Abiant Lycurgus Netherlands
Wilson, Taylor Abiant Lycurgus Netherlands
Winder, Jonathan Clubul Sportiv Remat Romania
Wolff, Benjamin VK Ostrava Czech Republic
Wooldridge, Eric Marienlyst Denmark
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