U.S. Men's Update: Color Summer Red White Blue

March 30, 2012, 2:06 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

To view the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team Yearbook, click here.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 30, 2012) – While most members of the U.S. Men’s Indoor National Volleyball Team are still playing overseas in a rainbow of different colored jerseys, it won’t be long until they are back in the United States playing in red, white and blue.

Fans will have several opportunities to see the U.S. Men in action this summer.

It all begins on April 27 and 29 when the U.S Men will play Argentina in two exhibition matches at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Both teams will be preparing for their zonal Olympic qualification tournaments.

Tickets will be available at the door or online at jserravball.eventbrite.com.

On May 7-12, USA Volleyball will host the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament, which will be played at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. The winner of this tournament will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

All tickets are now on sale. For more information, click here.

Finally, on June 29-July 1, the U.S. Men’s Team will host Italy, France and Korea for the FIVB World League at the Dallas Convention Center in Texas. For more information, click here.

ALAN KNIPE NIGHT

The Orange Coast College men’s volleyball team will be honoring U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) on Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at Orange Coast College (OCC) between the second and third sets of its match versus Golden West College (GWC).

Knipe is a product of the Community College system having played at OCC and later coaching at Golden West.   

Besides the ceremony, the two teams will be playing for a possible conference title. OCC (7-1) and GWC (6-2) are currently in first and second place respectively in the Pacific Coast Conference.

CEV CUP

In the finals of the CEV Cup, U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and the Russian Super League team Dinamo Moscow defeated host Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, the Polish PlusLiga team of U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13.

Lee finished with nine points on nine kills (50.0 kill percent, .389 hitting efficiency). Lotman substituted in the first set and started the next four, scoring 12 points on nine attacks (50.0 kill percent, .444 hitting efficiency), two blocks and one ace.

The teams will play one more match on April 1 in Moscow to determine the CEV Cup winner.

To view photos from the match, click here.

RUSSIA

It is looking like Lee and Dinamo Moscow could meet U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and his Russian Super League Zenit Kazan in the finals of the Super League playoffs.

Lee and Moscow are 2-0 in their best-of-five semifinal series against Iskra Odincovo. Most recently on March 23, visiting Moscow defeated Odincovo, 14-25, 25-22, 21-25, 27-25, 15-12. Lee scored seven points on five attacks and two blocks.

Priddy and Kazan are 2-0 I their best-of-five semifinals series against Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. Most recently, on March 25, Kazan defeated Novosibirsk, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23. Priddy scored nine points on six attacks, two blocks and one ace.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Novosibirsk will host Kazan on April 1 while Moscow will host Odincovo on April 4.

In the semifinals of the fifth-through-eighth place playoff, U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Ural Ufa are 1-1 against Gazprom Surgut. Most recently on March 22, host Ural defeated Surgut, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17. Ball scored four points on four attacks and set the team to a 54.5 kill percent and a .467 hitting efficiency.

The next match will be April 4, in Surgut.

ITALY

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) was named the match’s most valuable player as his Italian Serie A team Casa Modena defeated host Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, 27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, on March 25.

Anderson led all scorers with 24 points on 21 kills (61.8 kill percent, .588 hitting efficiency), two blocks and one ace. He was credited with 32 receptions, 50 percent positive. Modena is in fifth place in the league.

U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Sisley Belluno are in fourth place in the league and upset second-place Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 27-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22 on March 25.

Suxho scored three points on two kills and one ace and set Belluno to a 42.9 kill percent and a .353 hitting efficiency.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza are in sixth place and pulled an upset on third-sitting Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo, 25-20, 34-32, 23-25, 15-25, 15-17 on March 25.

Holt started the first set and scored one point on a kill, but left the match with a case of stomach flu.

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and Acqua Paradis Monza Brianza lost their sixth match in a row and are in seventh place. On March 25, Monza Brianza fell to M. Roma Volley, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15. Rooney played as a substitute and scored two points on two attacks.

U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and Andreoli Latina are in eighth place and fell to CMC Ravenna, which includes U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.), 25-19, 16-25, 25-17, 19-25, 15-12 on March 25. CMC Ravenna is in 14th place in the league.

Brunner started the entire match and scored six points on four attacks, one block and one ace. Troy played as a substitute and scored one point on a kill.

U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Fidia Padova defeated U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), U.S. setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Energy Resources San Giustino, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 on March 25.

Hein started the entire match for Padova, but did not score. Patak had 11 points for San Giustino on eight kills (42.1 kill percent, .421 hitting efficiency), one block and two aces. McKibbin scored three points on three kills and set his team to a 41.4 kill percent and a .414 hitting efficiency.

San Giustino is in 12th place in the league while Padova is in 13th with one match left in the season.

FRANCE

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and his French league team Tours finished the regular season in first place after defeating second-place Poitiers in the final match of the season, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24, 25-23 on March 24 in Tours. Smith started the first two sets and scored seven points, including three blocks.

U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Cannes finished the season in fourth place and ended with a victory over Rennes, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22. Tarr started the first two sets and scored nine points on eight attacks and one block.

Tourcoing, the French league team that includes U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), finished the season in seventh place and lost their final match to Nantes Rezé, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 on March 24.

Winder started the first set and scored three points on two kills and one block. Jablonsky did not play due to a knee injury and his status for the playoffs is uncertain.

In the playoffs, which begin April 3, Tours will face Paris, Cannes will play Nantes Rezé and Tourcoing will go up against Poitiers.

GERMANY

The German league team Berlin Recycling Volleys, including U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), have taken a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five league semifinal series against U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) and VfB Friedrichshafen.

After losing the first match on March 21, Berlin came back from two sets down to win at home, 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-12 on March 25.

To view a photo gallery of the match, click here.

The next match was played at Friedrichshafen where Berlin won for the first time in five years, 27-25, 25-16, 18-25, 25-22. Touzinsky was injured in the match and his status for the next match on April 1 is not known.

POLAND

U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów have advanced to the semifinals of the Polish league playoffs where they will play ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, starting on April 4.

U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Jastrzębski Węgiel have also advanced to the semifinals, where they will face regular-season winner PGE Skra Bełchatów, starting on April 4.

TURKEY

The Turkish league completed its regular season with matches on March 25.

U.S. setter Kevin Hansen and Arkas Spor finished third in the league while U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Istanbul B.B. placed sixth.

In its final match of the regular season, Hansen and Arkas Spor defeated Cankaya Belediyesi Anka, 25-20, 26-28, 25-18, 25-13. Hansen played as a substitute and scored two points on a block and an ace.

Billings and Istanbul B.B. defeated Tokat Belediye Plevne, 25-20, 25, 15, 25-18. Billings scored 11 points on seven attacks, three blocks and one ace.

Arkas Spor and Istanbul will play each other in the first match of the round-robin playoffs, which begin April 5.

SPAIN

U.S. outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his Spanish league team Unicaja Almeria are 2-2 in the best-of-five league semifinals against Ciudad del Medio Ambiente Soria, with the deciding match to be played March 31.

On March 23, visiting Ciudad del Medio Ambiente Soria defeated Unicaja Almeria, 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 25-27, 15-13. Menzel started the first three sets and scored 10 points on nine kills (47.4 kill percent, .421 hitting efficiency) and one block.

On March 24, visiting Unicaja Almeria came back to beat Ciudad del Medio Ambiente Soria, 21-25, 25-21, 16-25, 25-16, 15-10. Menzel started the final two sets and scored three points on two attacks and one ace.

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