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U.S. Men's Update: Movin' Right Along

Jan. 19, 2012, 4:14 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. (Jan. 19, 2012) – U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky and his Puerto Rican team Cariduros de Fajardo won the league championship, defeating Patriotes de Lares in four straight matches.

Fajardo won the fourth match on Jan. 11, defeating Lares 25-22, 25-23, 25-16. Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) started all three sets and scored 11 points on eight kills, two blocks and one ace.

Touzinsky finished third in the league in excellent receptions with 87 in 322 attempts.

But there is no rest for Olympic gold medalists as Touzinsky traveled from Puerto Rico to Germany to join the Berlin Recycling Volleys and U.S. setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii).

Berlin is in third place in the German league. The team’s next league match will be Jan. 21 against TV Buhl, which includes U.S. outside hitter Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif.).

ITALY

U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and Andreoli Latina defeated U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) and for Energy Resources San Giustino, 25-21, 22-25, 27-25, 15-25, 15-10 on Jan. 15.

Troy played as a substitute and scored five points on five kills.

Patak started all five sets for San Giustino and scored 20 points on 16 kills (40 kill percent, .350 hitting efficiency) one block and three aces. McKibbin also started all five sets, scoring two points on two attacks and setting the team to a 48.1 kill percent and a .430 hitting efficiency.

Patak is 15th in the league in attacks per set with an average of 3.33 kills per set.

Andreoli Latina is in eighth place in the league while San Giustino is in 13th.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led all scorers with 13 points as his Italian League team Casa Modena swept CMC Ravenna, which includes U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.), 25-21, 25-21, 25-16 on Jan. 15.

Anderson scored on 11 kills (52.4 kill percent, .429 hitting efficiency) and two aces. Brunner started all three sets for Ravenna and scored seven points on six kills (60 kill percent, .500 hitting efficiency) and one block. He is tied for eighth in the league in aces with 25 in 15 matches and an average of .4 aces per set.

Anderson is eighth in the league in total points scored with 245 in 15 matches. He is ninth in total attacks and is averaging 3.38 attacks per set.

Brunner is tied for 18th in the league in blocking 27 blocks in 15 matches and an average of .5 blocks per set.

Casa Modena is in fourth place in the league while Ravenna is 14th.

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) led Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza with 17 points in its 25-18, 25-22, 28-30, 25-16 victory over Fidia Padova on Jan. 15. Rooney scored on 16 attacks (68.8 kill percent, .688 hitting efficiency) and one ace.

Monza Brianza is in fifth place in the league while Padova is 11th.

U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Sisley Belluno fell to Marmi Lanza Verona, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 on Jan. 15. Suxho scored four points on three kills and one block and also set his team to a 49.5 kill percent and a .443 hitting efficiency.

Belluno is in sixth place in the league while Verona is in ninth.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza lost to Itas Diatec Trentino, 25-18, 25-16, 25-19 on Jan. 15. Holt scored three points on three kills. Piacenza is in 12th place in the league while Trentino is in second.

POLAND

Jastrzębski Węgiel , the Plus Liga team of U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) defeated Politechnika Warszawska, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10 on Jan. 14.

Holmes started all five sets and scored 10 points on five attacks, three blocks and two aces. Thornton also started all five sets and set the team to a 47.6 kill percent and a .371 hitting efficiency.

Jastrzębski Węgiel is in fourth place in the league.

To view photos from the match, click here.

RUSSIA

U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and his Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan continue to lead the league’s east division with a perfect 10-0 record following a 20-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 17-15 victory over Lokomotiv Novosibirsk on Jan. 15.

Priddy finished with 13 points on 12 attacks and one ace. Novosibirsk is the Russian team of U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), but he did not play in the match as he has been focused on playing in the Champions League.

To view photos from the match, click here.

U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Ural Ufa are in fifth place in the east division. On Jan. 14, Ufa defeated Kuzbass Kemerovo, 25-22, 20-25, 20-25, 25-19, 24-22. Ball started all five sets, scoring five points on one kill, three blocks and one ace. He also set the team to a 51.3 kill percent and a .425 hitting efficiency.

In the west division, Dinamo Moscow and U.S. middle blocker David Lee are in third place. On Jan. 14, the team lost to Lokomotiv Belgorod, 25-22, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18. Lee scored three points on one kill and two blocks.

FRANCE

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Tours have moved into first place in the French league. On Jan. 15, Tours defeated Toulouse, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16. Smith started all three sets and scored eight points, including four blocks.

Tourcoing, which includes U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), is in fifth place in the league.

Most recently, Tourcoing defeated Rennes on Jan. 14, 26-24, 28-26, 23-25, 23-25, 15-13. Jablonsky led all scorers with 25 points on 21 attacks and four blocks. Winder played as a substitute but did not score.

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 has moved into fifth place in its league thanks to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 win over VBC Lutry-Lavaux on Jan. 14.

EUROPEAN CUPS

Priddy and Zenit Kazan suffered their first loss of Champions League pool play on Jan. 18 when they lost to U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) and the German team VfB Friedrichshafen, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 15-7.

Denmark played as a substitute and scored two points on two blocks. Priddy scored 10 points on six attacks, three blocks and one ace.

Nevertheless, Kazan has won Pool B with a 5-1 record and 15 points. It will play the French team Stade Poitevin Poitiers in the first round of playoffs. VfB Friedrichshafen finishes second with a 5-1 record and 14 points. It will play Smith and Tours Volleyball in the playoffs.

Smith and Tours won Pool F of the Champions League with a 5-1 record. In their final pool play match on Jan. 18, Tours defeated ACH Volley Ljublian of Slovenia, 25-13, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20. Smith started all four sets and scored 13 points on eight attacks (66.7 kill percent, .667 hitting efficiency) and five blocks.

Millar and Lokomotiv Novosibirsk won Pool E with a 5-1 record. On Jan. 18, Novosibirsk defeated Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 25-21, 32-30, 28-30, 25-17 in their final Pool E match. Millar started all four sets and scored 11 points on six attacks and five blocks. Novosibirsk will play Germany’s Generali Unterhaching in the first round of playoffs.

Many Champions League matches are shown live at www.laola1.tv.

In the CEV Cup, U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and his Polish team Asseco Resovia Rzeszow defeated France’s Arago de Sete in their second quarterfinal match, 25-22, 26-24, 25-17 on Jan. 17. Lotman substituted in the second set and started the third, finishing with five points on three kills and two blocks.

Asseco Resovia Rzeszow also won the first quarterfinal match and will be moving on to the semifinals.

Lee and Dinamo Moscow will also move on to the semifinals after defeating Turkey’s Halkbank Ankara in both their quarterfinal matches. On Jan. 18, Moscow won 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-27, 15-11. Lee started the first, second and fifth sets and substituted in the other two. He finished with nine points on four attacks, four blocks and one ace.

Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza will advance to the semifinals after defeating the Berlin Recycling Volleys in two straight matches. On Jan. 19, Monza Brianza won, 23-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22.

Rooney did not play in the match for Monza Brianza. Touzinsky started all four sets for Berlin and finished with 10 points on 10 attacks. Shoji also started all four sets and scored three points on one kill and two aces. He set the team to a 44.4 kill percent and a .393 hitting efficiency.

Patchell and the Lausanne UC has won both of its first round Challenge Cup matches over Austria’s Hypo Nö Amstetten and U.S. outside hitter Ryan Burrow (Racine, Wis.) and will move on to the next round of 16 teams.

On Jan. 18, Lausanne defeated Amstetten 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12.

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