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U.S. Men's Update: Murphy Troy Tells All

By BJ Evans | Feb. 05, 2014, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 5, 2014) – We interviewed U.S. opposite Murphy Troy during the 2013 FIVB World League to talk about his progression from a club player and member of the U.S. Youth National Team to the senior national team.

Also, find out how Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) got his unusual name and whether he was destined to play for the University of Southern California.

Troy is playing for St-Nazaire in France this winter.

SALUTATIONS FROM FRANCE

Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) sent us an update from France where he is playing for Tours, which is leading the French league.

 David Smith and son Cohen
  David Smith and son Cohen admire the view from the Chateau d'Amboise.

As you probably know, I am playing in Tours, France this season. It is my third year with the club and we are pretty much smack in the middle of France (a couple hours south of Paris). This region is pretty well known for its multitude of chateaus that spread across the Loire. This picture is from the Chateau d'Amboise, which is about a half hour away from Tours and it is the resting place of Leonardo DaVinci (the building behind Cohen and me contains his tomb). Places like this are great for day trips when we get those rare free days in our training schedule.

FRANCE

On Feb. 1, David Smith, outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Tours defeated Beauvais, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22. Jablonsky scored 10 points on eight kills and two blocks and also had 18 receptions, 50 percent positive. Smith added seven points on five attacks and two blocks.

Middle blocker Futi Tavana (Kalaheo, Hawaii) and Toulouse beat Montpellier on Feb. 1, 21-25, 25-23, 24-26, 27-25, 20-18. Tavana finished with 12 points on eight kills and four blocks.

Murphy Troy and St-Nazaire fell to Sete on Feb. 2, 25-29, 25-27, 25-21, 25-17. Troy led his team with 19 points on 17 attacks and two blocks.

RUSSIA

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) played in the Russian Super League all-star game on Feb. 1 in Belgorod in which his team defeated the other team, 26-28, 26-24, 25-23, 25-23. To view a photo gallery, click here.

CEV CUPS

In the quarterfinals of the CEV Challenge Cup, Belgium’s Euphony Asse-Lennik, which includes U.S. middle blocker Jacek Ratajczak (Warsaw, Poland) defeated U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Turkey’s Istabul BBSK, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 15-13 on Feb. 5 in Belgium. Ratajczak scored six points on six kills while Holmes totaled eight points on five attacks, two blocks and one ace. The two teams will play again on Feb. 13 in Istanbul.

In the six-team playoff of the CEV Champions League, setter Donald Suxho and his Italian team Diatec Trentino fell to Russia’s Belogorie Belgorod, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 on Feb. 5 in Russia. Suxho scored four points on two kills and two aces and set his team to a 51.4 kill percent. The two teams will play again on Feb. 13 in Italy.

Matt Anderson and Zenit Kazan will face Italy’s Copra Elior Piacenza in their first playoff match on Feb. 6 in Italy.

POLAND

Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.), outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) and their Polish team Transfer Bydgoszcz fell to PGE Skra Bełchatów, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 on Feb. 1. Clark led his team with eight points on seven attacks and one block. Muagututia added seven points on five kills, one block and one ace.

BELGIUM

Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led his Belgium team Noliko Masseik to a 30-32, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 15-12 victory over VBC Waremme on Feb. 2. Menzel led all scorers with 21 points on 20 kills and one block. Masseik is in fourth place in the league.

AUSTRIA

Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and their Austrian team Hypo Tirol lead the league and defeated SK Posojilnica Aich/Dob on Feb. 5, 25-12, 25-22, 23-25, 27-25. Shoji was credited with 12 receptions, 67 percent positive. Hein scored four points on three kills and four blocks.

GERMANY

Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and the Berlin Recycling Volleys are in second place in the league and defeated VFB Friedrichshafen, 25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13 on Feb. 2. Touzinsky scored eight points on five kills, two blocks and one ace. He was also credited with 32 receptions, 56 percent positive. Shoji scored four points on two kills and two blocks and set his team to a 47.5 kill percent.

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