U.S. Men's Update: Shoji Showdown in Germany
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It was a battle of brothers on Nov. 24 as U.S. setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) and his German league team Berlin Recycling Volleys defeated his brother, U.S. libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), and CV Mitteldeutschland, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 on Nov. 24. But the Shojis were not the only Stanford graduates from Honolulu on the floor as their former Cardinal teammate, U.S. outside hitter Brad Lawson (Honolulu, Hawaii), also plays for Mitteldeutschland. Kawika Shoji started all three sets for Berlin and scored two points on one kill and one ace. He set the team to a 52.6 kill percent and a .461 hitting efficiency. U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), a 2008 Olympian who also plays for Berlin, played as a substitute but did not score. Lawson led his team with 11 points on eight attacks and three aces. He was also credited with 25 receptions, 48 percent positive. Erik Shoji was credited with 13 receptions, 69 percent positive. "Of course, it is ultimately a game like any other," Kawika Shoji said in a translated article on Berlin’s webs site. "But for me personally, it's been a highlight here in Germany playing against my brother. I am delighted that he has received an offer from the Bundesliga and is thus again near me." To view a photo gallery of the match, click here.
U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated AZS Politechnika Warszawska, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 on Nov. 24. Lotman started all three sets and scored 11 points on seven kills, two blocks and two aces.
U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Jastrzębski Węgiel defeated Delecta Bydgoszcz, 25-21, 29-31, 25-23, 14-25, 15-9 on Nov. 24. Holmes started all five sets and scored nine points on six kills and three blocks.
U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and his French league team Tours, are now 8-0 after defeating Paris, 25-21, 25-21, 25-16 on Nov. 24. Smith started all three sets and scored seven points on six attacks and one ace.
AS Cannes, the French league team of U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) defeated Toulouse, the team of middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), 25-22, 29-27, 25-11 on Nov. 24.
U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led his French league team Montpellier with 19 points, but it still fell to Beauvais, 25-20, 19-25, 27-25, 25-19 on Nov. 24. Clark scored on 19 attacks.
In France’s B league, AS Orange Nassau, including U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and outside hitters Damien Scott (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) fell to St. Nazaire, 27-25, 25-23, 25-20 on Nov. 24. Vance led his team with 18 points on 14 attacks (60.9 kill percent, .609 hitting efficiency), two blocks and two aces. Scott started the third set and scored one point on one kill. Watten was credited with 18 receptions, 89 percent excellent.
U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), a 2012 Olympian, and his Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan suffered its first league loss of the season on Nov. 25 when they fell to Gazprom Yurga Surgut, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18. Anderson started the first and third sets and scored 12 points on 11 kills (52.4 kill percent, .476 hitting efficiency) and one ace. To view a translated interview with Anderson, click here.
U.S. opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.), a 2008 Olympian, led all scorers as his Puerto Rican team Patriotas de Lares improved to 15-5 with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 victory over Maratonistas de Coamo on Nov. 24. McKienzie finished the match with 16 points on 14 kills and two aces.
U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and his team Plataneros de Corozal defeated Mets de Guaynabo, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22 on Nov. 20. Patak led all scorers with 19 points on 15 attacks, two blocks and two aces. On Nov. 24, Corozal fell to Cariduros de Fajardo, 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 23-21. Patak led his team with 25 points on 22 kills, two blocks and one ace.
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U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), a 2004 and ’12 Olympian, and his Argentina league team Drean Bolivar won two matches over the last week. On Nov. 24, Bolivar defeated Olímpo de Bahia Blanca, 24-26, 25-22, 25-12, 25-20. Suxho started all four sets and scored two points on one kill and one ace. He also set the team to a 57.1 kill percent and a .473 hitting efficiency. On Nov. 26, Bolivar defeated Gigantes del Sur, 26-24, 25-22, 25-15. Suxho scored five points on one kill and a match-high four blocks. He also set the team to a 56.0 kill percent and a .505 hitting efficiency.
In Italy’s Serie A league, U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza defeated Sir Safety Perugia, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 on Nov. 25. Holt started all four sets and scored 13 points on nine attacks (81.8 kill percent, .727 hitting efficiency), two blocks and two aces. U.S. outside hitter Futi Tavana (Saipipi, Samoa) is also on the roster for Piacenza, but did not play.
BCC-NEV Castellana Grotte, the team of U.S. outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.), fell to Itas Diatec Trentino, 25-22, 25-18, 27-25 on Nov. 25. Menzel played as a substitute and scored one point on one kill.
In Italy’s Serie B league, U.S. outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) and Sieco Service Ortona fell to 7-2 as it lost to Gherardi SVI Citta di Castello, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 on Nov. 25. Muagututia started all three sets and led his team with 12 points on 10 attacks, one block and one ace. He was also credited with 17 receptions, 94 percent positive.
U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky and ACH Volley Ljubljana remained undefeated at 8-0 after beating Hungary’s Fino Kaposvar, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 on Nov. 24. Jablonsky started all three sets and scored 14 points on 13 kills and one block.
U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.), a 2004 Olympian, and Istanbul BBSK beat Bursa Yenisehir Bld S, 23-25, 25-12, 25-11, 25-14 on Nov. 25. Billings scored 17 points on 12 kills, three blocks and two aces.
U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), a 2004, ’08 and ’12 Olympian, and Halkbank Ankara beat Sivas Dort Eylul Bld, 27-25, 25-14, 25-20 on Nov. 25. Priddy started all three sets and scored 14 points on 11 kills (64.7 kill percent, .588 hitting efficiency). He was also credited with 19 receptions, 74 percent positive.
CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
In Pool A, Matt Anderson and Zenit Kazan defeated host Hypo Tirol Innsbruck on Nov. 21, 25-23, 25-21, 25-17. Anderson started all three sets and scored nine points on five kills, one block and a match-high three aces. Kazan will host Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen, including U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.), in the next round of pool play on Dec. 5.
In Pool B, the Berlin Recycling Volleys, including Scott Touzinsky and Kawika Shoji defeated Budvanska Rivijera Budva in Croatia, 23-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20, 15-13 on Nov. 21. Touzinsky started all five sets and scored nine points on nine kills (47.4 kill percent, .474 hitting efficiency). He was also credited with 34 receptions, 68 percent excellent. Shoji started the first three sets and scored two points on one kill and one block. He helped set the team to a 43.8 kill percent and a .355 hitting efficiency. Berlin will host Russia’s Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in the next round on Dec. 4.
In Pool C, David Smith and Tours defeated visiting Crvena Zvezda Beograd of Serbia, 25-18, 25-15, 25-22 on Nov. 22. Smith started all three sets and scored seven points on four attacks (80.0 kill percent, .800 hitting efficiency), a match-high two blocks and one ace. Tours will visit Italy’s Trentino Diatec in the next round on Dec. 5.
In Pool D, Jayson Jablonsky and ACH Volley Ljubljana defeated Belgium’s Euphony Asse-Lennik, 25-14, 25-19, 25-17 on Nov. 21. Ljubljana will host Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata on Dec. 5.
In Pool F, visiting Kevin Hansen and Arkas Izmir Spor fell to Belgium’s Noliko Maaseik, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 26-28, 15-13 on Nov. 20. Hansen started all five sets and set the team to a 35.1 kill percent and a .269 hitting efficiency. Izmir will host Spain’s CAI Teruel on Dec. 4.
In Pool G, Paul Lotman and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow lost to Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo, 25-19, 14-25, 25-16, 29-27 on Nov. 20. Lotman started all four sets and scored 15 points on 10 kills (62.5 kill percent, .625 hitting efficiency), three blocks and two aces. He was also credited with 21 receptions, 57 percent positive. Resovia Rzeszow will visit Romania’s Remat Zalau in the next round on Dec. 4.
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In the round of 16, Reid Priddy and Halkbank Ankara defeated host Landstede Zwolle of Netherlands, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 on Nov. 20. With two victories over Zwolle, Ankara will advance to the quarterfinals where it will play Russia’s Iskra Odintsovo at home on Dec. 5 and away on Dec. 12
Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and Andreoli Latina defeated Finland’s VaLePa Sastamala, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15 on Nov. 21. After losing the first match between the two teams, Latina won the golden set to break the tie (15-11) to move Latina on to the quarterfinals. It will play Austria’s Posojilnica AICH/DOB at home on Dec. 6 and away on Dec. 123.
Russell Holmes and visiting Jastrzebski Wegiel lost to Turkey’s Maliye Milli Piyango Ankara, 15-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-21 on Nov. 21. Wegiel lost the golden set to break the tie, 15-8 and will not advance.
Robert Tarr, Matt Rawson and AS Cannes fell to Russia’s Lokomotiv Kharkiv, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21 on Nov. 21. Cannes will not advance to the quarterfinals.
To view photos from CEV Cup matches, click here.
CEV CHALLENGE CUP
Max Holt and Italy’s Copra Elior Piacenza defeated Brook Billings and visiting Istanbul BBSK of Turkey, 27-25, 25-19, 25-18 on Nov. 22. Billings led his team with 11 points while Holt scored nine for Piacenza. Piacenza advances to the next round where it will play Estonia’s Selver Tallinn on Dec. 6.