US Mens National Team Suffers Sweep by Italy
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 20, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team struggled to find its rhythm as it fell to Italy 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 on Sunday in an FIVB World League pool play match in Florence, Italy.
The U.S. Men (1-2) are in third place in Pool C behind Italy (3-0) and France (2-1). The United States will have a long break until its next round of pool play on June 15-17 in Lyon, France.
Italy dominated the match, leading in attacks, 44-27, in blocks, 11-8 and in aces, 4-0.
U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) each scored eight points for the U.S. Men. Each had seven attacks and one block.
"I'm really disappointed, but it was hard to play against Italy tonight," Stanley said in an FIVB press release.
Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) added seven points on three kills and a match-high four blocks.
Italy’s Ivan Zaytsev led all scorers with 17 points on 14 kills, two blocks and one ace. Michal Lasko added 14 points on 11 attacks and three blocks.
Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) finished with four points on three attacks and one block. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) totaled three points on two kills and one block while outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) added three on three attacks.
Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) each scored one point with a kill.
Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the U.S. in digs with 10 and in receptions with 14.
Suxho, who started the first two sets of the match, was credited with 10 assists and no faults while setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.), who replaced Suxho in the second set and started the third, before Suxho was brought back, was credited with four.
U.S. Men's Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Lee and Holmes at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite and Susho at setter. Lambourne is the designated libero for the tournament.
Salmon started the third set for Priddy and Thornton started the third set for Suxho, who returned later in the set. Lotman, middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) all played as substitutes.
Italy Held a 13-9 lead in the first set when Holmes scored with a quick kill and then combined with Suxho for a block. A Stanley attack pulled the U.S. to within one at 13-12, but the next U.S. serve went out of bounds. Zaytsev scored on an ace for Italy and pulled the European side ahead 15-12. Italy still led by three at 17-14 when Buti scored with a quick kill followed by an Italy block. The U.S. called timeout, but came back with a hitting error that put Italy ahead 19-14. The U.S. was never able to pull any closer. Italy reached set point at 24-16 and used a block to win the set. Italy out-attacked the U.S. 13-7 in the first set and led 2-0 in aces.
The U.S. took a 5-4 lead in the second set, but a service error tied it at 5-5 and Italy took the lead on a dump by setter Dragan Travica. Italy led 8-6 at the first TTO and coming out of the break increased the lead to 10-6. The U.S. called timeout and came back with an Anderson right-side attack. With Italy leading 15-10, it hit out of bounds, followed by kills from Anderson and Stanley to pull the U.S. to within two at 15-13. Italy came back two straight kills to led 17-13. The U.S. scored on Italy’s serve in the net and a block by Lee to cut the score to 17-15. The teams traded points until Italy led 19-17 when Italy got a kill off the block and then two straight attacks from Buti. The U.S. never threatened again. Italy reached set point at 24-20 and won on a kill by Lasko. Italy led in kills 16-11. The teams were tied in blocks 4-4 and neither had any aces in the set.
With Thornton starting at setter and Salmon taking over for Priddy, Italy jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The U.S. called timeout, but Italy had another attack from Zaytsev before Stanley scored with an attack. Italy scored on three more straight attacks to lead 8-1 at the first TTO. Suxho replaced Thornton during the break and Lotman later replaced Anderson, but Italy’s barrage continued until it led 15-5. Stanley connected on an attack and Salmon served for the next four points, including two kills by Lotman and a block from Holmes along with Italy’s error. Italy called timeout and came back with a kill. The U.S. Men never managed another rally of more than two points and fell 24-6.
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U.S. World League Roster for May 20 in Florence, Italy
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
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)
9. Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
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)
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: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, 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)
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 at 9:30 a.m. USA vs. Italy
June 16 at 8 a.m. USA vs. Korea
June 17 at 9 a.m. USA vs. France
In Gwangju, Korea
June 22 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. Italy
June 23 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. France
June 24 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. Korea
In Dallas, Texas
June 29 at 7:30 p.m. CT USA vs. Korea
June 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT USA vs. France
July 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT USA vs. Italy