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Feb 10 U.S. Men's Update: Holmes Named MVP in Poland

Feb. 10, 2012, 6:40 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. 10, 2012) – U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes was named most valuable player as his Polish PlusLiga team Jastrzębski Węgiel defeated Lotos Trefl Gdańsk on Feb. 4

Holmes scored 12 points on five kills (71.4 kill percent, .571 hitting efficiency), a match-high five blocks and two aces.

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) also plays for Węgiel, but was not on the roster for the match. Węgiel is in fifth place in the league.

U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow defeated ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14 on Feb. 4.

Lotman substituted in the first set and started the next three, scoring seven points on seven attacks (46.7 kill percent, .400 hitting efficiency). He was also credited with 20 receptions, 80 percent positive.

Resovia Rzeszow is in third place in the league.

FRANCE

Tourcoing, the French league team that includes U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) needed five sets to defeat U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Tours, 25-23, 19-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-13 on Feb. 4.

Jablonsky scored 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace. Winder substituted in the first three sets and started the final two. He scored four points. Smith finished with 11 points on six attacks, two blocks and three aces.

Tours is in second place in the league while Tourcoing is seventh.

To view photos of the match, click here.

U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Cannes defeated Lyon, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 28-26 on Feb. 5. Tarr finished with 14 points on 11 attacks, two blocks and one ace.

On Feb. 10, Cannes defeated Toulouse, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17. Tarr finished with 14 points on 11 kills, one block and two aces.

RUSSIA

U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his Russian Super League team Dinamo Moscow are in second place in the league’s West Division and defeated Lokomotiv Charkov, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-10 on Feb. 4.

Lee finished with nine points on five attacks, three blocks and one ace.

U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and his Russian team Ural Ufa are in third place in the East Division after defeating Guberniya Nizhny Novgorod, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 on Feb. 4.

Ball scored one point on one attack and also set his team to a 52.3 kill percent and a .453 hitting efficiency.

GERMANY

The Berlin Recycling Volleys, the German league team of U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) swept league-leading Generali Haching on Feb. 5, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23.

Touzinsky scored five points on five attacks. Shoji started all three sets and scored three points on two kills and one ace. He also set the team to a 53.0 kill percent and a .500 hitting efficiency.

Berlin is in third place in the league standings.

ITALY

U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Sisley Belluno, his Italian Serie A league team, defeated M. Roma Volley, 25-21, 25-18, 33-35, 22-25, 15-11 on Feb. 5.

Suxho scored two points on one kill and one block and also set his team to a 46.3 kill percent and a .397 hitting efficiency. Sisley Belluno is in second place in the league.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Casa Modena scored a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of Fidia Padova on Feb. 5.

Anderson finished with 13 points on nine attacks (40.9 kill percent, .364 hitting efficiency), one block and three aces. Modena is in fourth place in the league.

U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and Andreoli Latina defeated U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and Acqua Paradis Monza Brianza, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11 on Feb. 5.

Troy played as a substitute and scored two points on two attacks. Rooney started the first two sets and scored five points on four attacks and one ace. Monza Brianza is in fifth place in the league while Latina sits in ninth.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza swept Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16.

Holt scored three points on three kills. Piacenza is in 10th place in the league.

U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and CMC Ravenna fell to Marmi Lanza Verona, 25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22 on Feb. 5

Brunner scored 14 points on six attacks, a match-high five blocks and three aces. Ravenna is in 14th 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 sixth place in the league. On Feb. 4, it swept Lutry-Lavaux, 25-18, 25-20, 26-24.

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 host David Smith and Tours, 25-20, 20-25, 15-25, 27-25, 16-14 on Feb. 8.

Denmark played as a substitute and scored one point with a kill. Smith started all five sets and scored 12 points on three attacks, a match-high five blocks and four aces.

To view photos of the match, click here.

Friedrichshafen advances to the six-team playoff where it will face the Russian team Zenit Kazan with U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.).

Kazan won its second Champions League playoff match over France’s Stade Poitevin Poitiers, 25-12, 25-23, 25-19 on Feb. 8. Priddy did not play in the match.

U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and his Russian team Lokomotiv Novosibirsk will also advance to the six-team playoff after two straight wins over Germany’s Generali Unterhaching. On Feb. 8, Novosibirsk won its second match against the visiting German team, 25-19, 25-19, 25-16. Millar finished with five points on two kills and three blocks.

Novosibirsk will play Turkey’s Arkas Izmir, which includes U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the round of six playoff.

Arkas Izmir advanced with two victories over Poland's Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle. On Feb. 8, host Izmir defeated the Polish team, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18.

Hansen started all three sets and scored three points with three blocks. He also set his Turkish team to a 30.1 kill percent. To view photos from the match, click here.

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, all three teams with U.S. players advanced to the semifinals.

Sean Rooney helped Acqua Paradis Monza Brianza to a second victory over Romania’s Remat Zalau, 25-20, 25-12, 25-20 on Feb. 9. Rooney finished with 11 points on nine attacks, one block and one ace.

Monza Brianza will play David Lee and Dinamo Moscow in the semifinals.

Moscow advanced by taking two victories over Greece’s Iraklis Thessaloniki. On Feb. 8, Moscow defeated Thessaloniki for a second time, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21. Lee scored eight points on three attacks and a match-high five blocks.

Paul Lotman and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow made it to the semifinals thanks to a 25-23, 23-25, 29-27, 25-23 win over Turkey’s Fenerbahce Grundig Istanbul on Feb. 8. The victory tied the teams and Resovia Rzeszow won a golden set, 15-12.                 

Lotman started the final three sets and scored nine points on seven attacks (53.8 kill percent, .538 hitting efficiency) and two aces.

Resovia Rzeszow will play Slovenia’s ACH Volley Ljubljana in the semifinals.

To view photos from the CEV Cup matches, click here.

In Challenge Cup play, Lausanne, which is coached by Shawn Patchell and includes Andy Hein, Evan Romero and Andrew Stewart, advanced to the quarterfinals despite a loss to Estonia’s Selver Tallinn in the final match, 25-19, 27-25, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12.

The teams played a golden set, which Lausanne won, 15-12, sending it to the quarterfinals against Belgium’s Prefaxis Menen.

Spain’s Unicaja Almeria, which includes U.S. outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.), had the gold set work against it in a match versus Poland’s Tytan AZS Czestochowa.

Almeria won the match on Feb. 8, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12. However Czestochowa won the golden set, 16-14.

To view photos from the match, click here.

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