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US Men Sweep Korea Maintain Pool Lead

June 29, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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DALLAS, Texas (June 29, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s National Team maintained its Pool C lead in the FIVB World League on Friday with a 32-30, 26-24, 25-22 victory over Korea on Friday before an enthusiastic crowd of 2,028 at the Dallas Convention Center Arena.

The United States improved its record to 8-2 while Korea fell to 1-9. If the U.S. Men can defeat France on Saturday, they will secure victory in Pool C and advance to the World League Final Round on July 4-8 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The overall World League winner earns $1 million.

“We knew what was at stake coming into this weekend,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “We got a good win tonight against a good Korean team and now we need to prepare for France. They got a nice win tonight so we will focus on them now.”

France defeated Italy in the first match of the evening, 29-31, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12.

The U.S. led Korea in attacks, 49-43, in blocks, 13-6 and in aces 6-3. Korea led in digs 26-24.

U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) led all scorers with 19 points on 14 attacks (63.6 kill percent, .455 hitting efficiency), three blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) added 17 points on a match-high 16 attacks (53.3 kill percent, .367 hitting efficiency) and one ace.

Kwang-In Jeon led Korea with 14 points on 13 spikes and one block.

“I thought we got off to a really slow start in the first set, but I am glad that we steadied out and stopped making bad plays,” Stanley said. “Overall, I don’t think it was a great night for us. It was a great learning experience and Korea put pressure on us the whole time.”

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) totaled 11 points on five kills, a match-high five blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) finished with 11 points on nine attacks and two blocks.

Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored 10 points on five attacks, three blocks and two aces.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team in digs with 10 and was credited with 18 excellent receptions.

U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) was credited with 32 assists and no faults. He set the U.S. to a 53.9 kill percent and a .396 hitting efficiency. Korea’s kill percent was 47.3 and its hitting efficiency was .275.

Knipe started Priddy and Anderson at outside hitter, Holmes and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Suxho at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and opposite Dave McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) all played as substitutes.

Korea took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout of the first set and used two straight blocks to increase the lead to 10-6. The U.S. called timeout and came back with a Stanley kill and a block from Lee and Stanley to pull to within two. But Korea came back to score the next three points to lead 13-8. Korea led 21-16 when the U.S. got the ball on a Korea hitting error and Anderson followed with an ace. The United States scored three more points to pull to within one at 21-20. Korea maintained its lead and reached set point at 24-22, but the U.S. scored twice to tie the score. Korea would reach set point five more times, each time the U.S. fought it off. Korea reached its eighth set point at 30-29. Priddy scored on two straight kills to give the U.S. its first set point. Stanley won the set with an ace.

The second set stayed close all the way to the end. Korea led 8-7 at the first technical timeout. The North American side led 16-13 at the second. Korea eventually tied the score at 20-20. The United States reached set point at 24-23 on an ace by David Lee, but then allowed Korea to tie the score with a service error. Stanley gave the U.S. side its second set point with a tip then sealed the victory with another set-winning ace.

The score was tied 10-10 in the third set when the U.S. scored on a Korea error and a block. Korea called timeout and came back to score, but the United States scored two more points on an Anderson kill and Holmes ace to lead by three. Korea pulled to within one point at 14-13 and again at 17-16, but each time the U.S. held them off. The U.S. reached match point at 24-21 on a Stanley kill. Korea scored on a U.S. service error, but lost on its own service error.

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U.S. World League 14-Player Roster for June 29-July 1 in Dallas, Texas

1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)

2. Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)

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)

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)

16. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)

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: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Mike Sealy (Santa Monica, Calif.)

Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)



U.S. World League Schedule/Results

(All times PT unless noted)







Rk

Team

Points

Matches

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

USA

23

10

8

2

25

11

2.273

854

808

1.057

2

FRA

19

10

7

3

23

17

1.353

930

868

1.071

3

ITA

12

10

4

6

18

23

0.783

918

945

0.971

4

KOR

6

10

1

9

14

29

0.483

919

1,000

0.919

U.S. World League Schedule/Results

(All times PT unless noted)



In Florence, Italy

May 18: France def. USA, 17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17

May 18: Italy def. Korea, 24-26, 27-25, 21-25, 29-27, 18-16

May 19: USA def. Korea, 20-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 17-15

May 19: Italy def. France, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22

May 20: France def. Korea, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 15-11

May 20: Italy def. USA, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16



In Lyon, France

June 15: France def. Korea, 21-25, 25-15, 31-29, 25-16

June 15: USA def. Italy, 30-28, 28-26, 25-22

June 16: USA def. Korea, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-16

June 16: France def. Italy, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20

June 17: Korea def. Italy, 22-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-15, 15-11

June 17: USA def. France, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21

In Gwangju, Korea

June 22: France def. Korea, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15

June 22: USA def. Italy, 22-25, 25-21, 29-27, 25-16

June 22: Italy def. Korea, 15-25 22-25 25-21 25-22 13-15

June 23: USA def. France, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20

June 24: USA def. Korea, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18



In Dallas, Texas – BUY TICKETS

June 29: France def. Italy, 29-31, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12

June 29: USA def. Korea, 32-30, 26-24, 25-22

June 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. France

July 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. Italy

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