U.S. Men's Update: Title in Turkey
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 29, 2013) – All the news about U.S. men’s volleyball players in the U.S. and around the world.
| Kevin Hansen sets for his Polish team, Arkas Izmir Spor, during
the CEV Champions League.
Arkas Izmir Spor, the team of U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), a 2008 Olympian, won the Turkish league title over U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), a 2004, ’08 and ’12 Olympian, and Halkbank Ankara with a 3-1 record in the finals.
April 24, Izmir defeated Halkbank, 27-29, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17. Priddy led his team with 15 points on 13 attacks, one block and one ace. He was also credited with 24 receptions, 71 percent positive. On April 26, host Halkbank came back to win, 25-23, 22-25, 27-29, 25-23, 24-22. Priddy finished with 25 points on 22 attacks (57.9 kill percent, .553 hitting efficiency), two blocks and one ace. He was credited with 23 receptions, 83 percent positive. On April 29, Izmir won the series with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 win over Halkbank. Priddy led his team with 10 points on 10 attacks. He was credited with 20 receptions, 45 percent positive. Hansen did not play in any of the finals matches.
NORCECA CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will travel to the Pacific Northwest to compete in the 2013 NORCECA (North and Central American and Caribbean) Men's Continental Championship tournament on Sept. 23-28, 2013 in Langley, British Columbia at the Langley Events Centre. Langley's close proximity to the U.S./Canada border on the outskirts of Vancouver will provide an unparalleled opportunity for U.S. volleyball fans in the Pacific Northwest to see their national team take on other world class teams including Cuba, Canada and Puerto Rico.
"USA Volleyball is excited to be able to bring our U.S. National Men's Team to the Pacific Northwest for this top-notch competition," USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said. "We hope that U.S. volleyball fans make the short hop over the border to Langley and come cheer our team on."
Tickets for the event are now available online at Ticketmaster.ca.
This year’s event will not only determine the newest continental champion and offer valuable world ranking points, but will also qualify the winning team to the 2013 Grand Champions Cup to be held later this fall in Japan. The Grand Champions Cup offers $1 million in prize money to the teams and athlete award winners.
Along with the United STates, countries entered for the event are world powerhouses Cuba and Canada along with Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas (Caribbean Zone Champions), St. Lucia (Eastern Caribbean Zone Champions) and Guatemala (Central American Zone Champions).
U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), a 2012 Olympian, and his Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan are 1-2 in the Russian Super League, best-of-five, playoff semifinals against Lokomotiv Belogorie Belgorod. On April 25, host Kazan fell to Belogorie, 23-25, 25-17, 25-27, 25-16, 15-11. Anderson led Kazan with 27 points. On April 26, Kazan came back to defeat Belogorie, 27-29, 25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 15-12. Anderson against led his team with 24 points on 20 kills, two blocks and two aces. Prior to the match on April 29 in Belogorie, Anderson was injured in training. He scored one point as Kazan fell, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18.
U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), a 2008 Olympian, setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) and the German league team the Berlin Recycling Volleys are now 2-0 in the playoff finals. On April 28, visiting Berlin defeated U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) VfB Friedrichshafen, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20. Touzinsky started all four sets but did not score. He was credited with 31 receptions, 45 percent positive. Shoji scored five points on one kill, one block and three aces. He set Berlin to a 54.9 kill percent and a .524 hitting efficiency. Denmark played as a substitute for Friedrichshafen and scored one point on a kill. The teams will play again on May 2.
U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his Italian Serie A league team Copra Elior Piacenza are 1-1 against defending champion Itas Diatec Trentino in the league finals. On April 25, host Trentino defeated Piacenza, 20-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-20. Holt scored 10 points on six attacks (60.0 kill percent, .500 hitting efficiency), one block and a team-high three aces. On April 28, host Piacenza came back to defeat Trentino, 17-25, 25-22, 25-16, 32-30. Holt scored 12 points on seven attacks, one blocks and a team-high four aces. The teams will play again on May 1.
U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and the French league team Tours will begin the playoff finals against Paris on April 30. Cannes, the team of U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) lost to Paris in the final match of their semifinal series on April 23, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21. Tarr scored five points on four attacks and one block. Rawson played as a substitute and scored one point with one kill.
WORLD LEAGUE TICKETS
Tickets for all three U.S. stops for the 2013 FIVB World League are now on sale. For information on how to purchase tickets, click here.
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will play Argentina on June 7-8 at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. It will play France on June 14-15 at the Tulsa Convention Center Arena in Reno Nev. It will play Bulgaria on June 28-29 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev.