U.S. Men's Update - April 23

April 23, 2009, 1:08 p.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 23, 2009) – U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) will be signing autographs and promoting the FIVB World League on Friday and Saturday (April 24-25) at the Far Western National Qualifier in Reno, Nev.

The Qualifier is taking place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Lee will appear the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Lee was a member of the 2008 U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team that won the FIVB World League title and also the Olympic gold medal in Beijing. He is on the preliminary U.S. roster for the 2009 World League as well.

Lee finished the 2008 season as the team's fourth leading scorer with 243 points in 95 sets played (2.56 points per set). He was the team’s second-leading blocker with 63 (0.66 per set). He tallied 168 kills and had a hitting percentage of 0.58.

Lee played for Sisley Treviso in Italy’s Serie A League during the winter of 2008-09.


Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, which features U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) at middle blocker, won the Turkish league title with a three match to one victory over U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his team Fenerbahce in the finals.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye won the final match on April 23, 3-0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-15). Touzinsky scored 11 points on 11 kills. Millar scored seven points on two kills, four blocks and one ace. Billings led Fenerbahce with 16 points on 15 kills and one ace.

Billings led all scorers in the first match on April 16, which was a 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 30-28) victory for Fenerbahce. Billings had 25 points on 22 kills, two blocks and one ace. Touzinsky had nine points on eight kills and one ace. Millar scored seven points on three kills, three blocks and one ace.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye came back to win the second match on April 19, 3-0 (37-35, 25-18, 25-23) although Millar could not play due to injury. Touzinsky scored 14 points on 13 kills and one block. Billings had 20 points on 19 kills and one block.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye also won the third match on April 20, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 28-26). Touzinsky scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Billings had 18 points on 17 kills and one block. Millar did not play.


For the first time in the history of the Russian Super League, the regular season league champion will not play in the playoff finals.

Fakel Novy Urengoi, including U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), which won the regular season title, fell in the playoff semifinals to Zenit Kazan, featuring U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu), three matches to one.

With the series tied at 1-1, Stanley stepped up at home for Kazan. On April 18, Stanley scored 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace as Kazan defeated Fakel Novy Urengoi, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-20). Ball scored one point on one kill in the match. Rooney scored six points on six kills while Hansen had two points on one kill and one block.

On April 19, Stanley scored 24 points on 15 kills, two blocks and seven aces as Kazan ousted Fakel Novy Urengoi, 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 25-23). Ball had one point on one kill. Rooney scored 17 points on 16 kills and one block. Hansen scored two points on one kill and one ace.

Kazan will play Iskra Odintsovo in the final. Fakel Novy Urengoi will play Dinamo Moscow for third place.

To view Fakel Novy Urengoi’s photos from the April 18 match, click here.

To view Fakel Novy Urengoi’s photos from the April 19 match, click here.

To view Zenit Kazan’s photos from the April 18 match, click here.

To view Zenit Kazan’s photos from the April 19 match, click here.

U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and his team Lokomotiv Novosibirsk defeated U.S. opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) and his team Ural Ufa, three matches to one and will now face Lokomotiv Belogorie, which features U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), to determine the fifth-place team in the league.

The winner of the series will finish the Russian championship in fifth place and qualify for European cup competition next season

View photos from the series between Novosibirsk and Ufa at www.lokovolley.ru/photo/Foto31/.

Read Priddy’s blog at http://reidpriddy.com/traffic/.


U.S. middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) and his Greek team Olympiacos have reached the finals of the Hellenic league where they will face league-winner and rival Panathinaikos.

Olympiacos defeated EA Patron Lux in three straight matches. Hoff returned from injury to play in the third match, which was a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-20) victory. He scored 3.5 points on three kills and 0.5 blocks.

The best-of-five final will begin on April 27.

In the playoff tournaments to determine fifth-eighth place, AO Finikas Sirou, featuring U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.), defeated GS Lamia, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) in the first match on March 15. Denmark scored 11.83 points on five kills, 4.83 blocks and two aces.

On the other side of the bracket, PAOK, which includes U.S. players Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), fell to Aris Marmouris AE, 0-3 (27-29, 22-25, 17-25). Lotman led all scorers with 21 points on 17 kills, three blocks and one ace. Brunner added three points on two kills and one block. Patak did not play due to illness.

Online Radio

Priddy and two-time Olympian Kevin Barnett have set up an online radio blog called The Net Live. Their next broadcast is scheduled for April 15 at 10 a.m. PT.

You can hear it by clicking here.

World League Tickets

Tickets for the World League matches in San Jose, Calif., (June 26-27 against China), Hoffman Estates, Ill., (July 10-11 against Italy) and Wichita, Kan., (July 17-18 against Netherlands) are now on sale.

For San Jose tickets, click here.

For Hoffman Estates tickets, click here.

For Wichita tickets, click here.