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Feb 03 U.S. Men's Update: Jackson to Join San Diego

Feb. 03, 2012, 5:37 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. (Feb. 3, 2012)Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.), the technical coordinator for the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team, will join the staff of the University of San Diego women’s volleyball team and will begin working with it this spring, the university has announced.

Jackson will continue to work with the U.S. Men's National Team through this summer, and then will join USD full time in August.

Jackson will serve under San Diego Head Coach Jennifer Petrie and Associate Head Coach Brent Hilliard, a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team that won the bronze medal in Barcelona.

Jackson started with the U.S. Men’s Team in 2009 as part of the staff of Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

RUSSIA

U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) both participated in the Russian Super League’s all-star match on Jan. 28 in Belgorod.

Lee, who plays for Dinamo Moscow, played for the West team, which beat Ball (Ural Ufa) and the East team, 30-28, 25-21, 25-20.

Lee finished with two points for the West, including a key block that won the first set for the team. Ball finished with one point.

ITALY

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his Italian Serie A League team Copra Elior Piacenza defeated U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Casa Modena, 25-23, 19-25, 27-25, 25-18 on Jan. 29.

Holt and Anderson are not only teammate on the U.S. Men’s National Team, but also played together at Penn State University where they won the 2008 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship.

Holt scored 12 points for Piacenza on six kills (85.7 kill percent, .857 hitting efficiency), three blocks and three aces. Anderson led all scorers with 18 points on 13 kills (50.0 kill percent, .423 hitting efficiency), two blocks and three aces.

Modena is in fourth place in the league while Piacenza is 11th.

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) was named the most valuable player of the match as he led Acqua Paradis Monza Brianza past U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and CMC Ravenna, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 on Jan. 29.

Rooney led all scorers with 19 points on 16 kills (64.0 kill percent, .600 hitting efficiency), two blocks and one ace. Brunner started the first two sets for Ravenna and scored two points on two kills.

Monza Brianza is in fifth place in the league while Ravenna is 14th.

U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Sisley Belluno won a battle over U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Energy Resources San Giustino on Jan. 28, 20-25, 25-17, 27-25, 23-25, 16-14.

Suxho scored two points on one kill and one block while setting his team to a 53.2 kill percent and a .468 hitting efficiency. Patak led his team with 21 points on 16 kills (47.1 kill percent, .412 hitting efficiency), one block and four aces.

U.S. setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) was also on San Giustino’s roster, but did not play in the match.

Belluno is in sixth place in the league and San Giustino is 13th.

POLAND

U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow fell to PGE Skra Bełchatów on Jan. 28, 25-16, 29-27, 25-16. Lotman led his team with nine points on eight kills (57.1 kill percent, .571 hitting efficiency) and one ace.

To view photos of the match, click here.

Resovia Rzeszow is in third place in the league.

Jastrzębski Węgiel, the Polish Plus Liga team of U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.), fell to Delecta Bydgoszcz on Jan. 29, 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 19-17.

Holmes scored 17 points on 11 kills (61.1 kill percent, .556 hitting efficiency), four blocks and two aces. Thornton played as a substitute.

To view photos of the match, click here.

Jastrzębski Węgiel is in fifth place in the league.

FRANCE

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and his French league team Tours defeated Montpellier, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 on Jan. 28.

Smith scored eight points on six attacks and two blocks. Tours is in second place in the league.

Tourcoing, which includes U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), fell to Sete, 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 on Jan. 28.

Jablonsky scored six points on six attacks. Winder substituted in the second set and started the third but did not score. Tourcoing is in sixth place in the league.

U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Cannes fell to league-leading Poitiers, 25-19, 27-29, 26-24, 20-25, 15-9 on Jan. 28.

Tarr scored 17 points on a match-high 17 attacks. Cannes is in seventh place in the league.

SWITZERLAND

U.S. coach Shawn Patchell is the head coach for the Lausanne University Club in the Swiss league and has three U.S. players on his team: middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), outside hitter Andrew Stewart (Sandy, Utah) and opposite Evan Romero (Miami Lakes, Fla.).

Lausanne is in fifth place in the league. On Jan. 28, it fell to Seat Volley Näfels, 25-15, 25-18, 26-28, 25-21.

CEV CUPS

In the 12-team playoff round of the Champions League, U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) and his German team VfB Friedrichshafen defeated visiting David Smith and Tours, 29-27, 25-18, 25-21 on Feb. 1.

Denmark played as a substitute but did not score. Smith had eight points on three kills and a match-high five blocks for Tours.

To view photos of the match, click here.

The two teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Tours.

The Russian team Zenit Kazan with U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) survived a five-set battle to defeat France’s Stade Poitevin Poitiers, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12 on Feb. 1.

To view photos of the match, click here and go to page 2.

Priddy started the first two sets and scored three points on three attacks. The two teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Kazan.

U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and his Russian team Lokomotiv Novsibrsk defeated Germany’s Generali Unterhaching, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23 on Feb. 1.

To view photos of the match, click here.

Millar finished with eight points on four attacks and four blocks. The teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Novosibirsk.

Champions League matches are broadcast live at www.laola1.tv and can also be viewed after they are played.

In the challenge round of the CEV Cup, Sean Rooney led Acqua Paradis Monza Brianza to a 26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Romania’s Remat Zalau on Jan. 31.

To view photos of the match, click here and go to page 3.

Rooney led his team with 19 points on 18 attacks (66.7 kill percent, .630 hitting efficiency) and one block. The teams will play again on Feb. 9 in Italy.

David Lee and Dinamo Moscow defeated Greece’s Iraklis Thessaloniki, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22 on Feb. 1.

Lee scored eight points on five attacks, two blocks and one ace. The teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Greece.

Paul Lotman and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow fell to Turkey’s Fenerbahce Grundig Istanbul on Jan. 31, 25-17, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10.

To view photos of the match, click here and go to page 2.

Lotman started the first set and scored one point on a block. The two teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Poland.

In Challenge Cup play, Lausanne, which is coached by Shawn Patchell and includes Andy Hein, Evan Romero and Andrew Stewart, defeated Estonia’s Selver Tallinn, 13-25, 25-23, 25-14, 26-28, 15-13 on Feb. 2. The teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Switzerland.

Spain’s Unicaja Almeria, which includes U.S. outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.), fell to Poland’s Tytan AZS Czestochowa, 27-29, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21 in Poland. The teams will play again on Feb. 8 in Spain.

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