U.S. Men's Update: What's Up in Russia?

Dec. 10, 2009, 12:16 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 10, 2009) – Teams featuring U.S. Olympians squared off on Saturday (Dec. 5) in Russia with Fakel Novy Urengoi, the Russian Super League team of Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), defeating Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, featuring David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23).

Hansen started all four sets at setter for Fakel and finished with two points on two blocks. Rooney was not on the roster as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

Priddy scored 11 points for Novosibirsk on nine kills, one block and one ace. Lee added 10 points on nine kills and one block.

Fakel is in third place in the league while Novosibirsk sits in fifth.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Zenit Kazan, the Super League team of Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) continues to lead the league after defeating Lokomotiv-Izumrud Ekaterinburg, 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-12, 15-20) on Dec. 5. Ball started the third and fourth sets at setter and scored three points on one block and two aces. Stanley started the first and second sets and totaled four points on two kills and two aces.

Kazan will continue CEV Indesit Champions League play on Thursday (Dec. 10) when it takes on Unicaja Almeria in Spain. The Champions League matches can be watched live at http://www.laola1.tv/.


U.S. Men’s libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) has joined Delecta Bydgoszcz, which leads the Polish league.


U.S. Men’s outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) has been playing for Vivo/Minas in Brazil’s Superleague. Vivo/Minas is 1-1 after its first two matches. Salmon played as a substitute but did not score in a 3-1 victory over Soya/Blumenau/Furb/Barao and started the second and third sets and scored five points on a 0-3 loss to Cimed/Malwee.


Last week we reported that Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and his team of international all-stars had won the TIM All-Star volleyball match in Italy on Nov. 22, but did not realize that Suxho was also the match MVP. Click here to view photos.

Suxho’s Serie A League team, Prisma Taranto, fell to Rpa-Luigibacchi.It Perugia, 1-3 (17-25, 29-27, 24-26, 23-25) in league play on Dec. 6. Suxho started all four sets and scored four points on four kills.

Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his team Marmi Lanza Verona lost to Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 1-3 (13-25, 25-19, 21-15, 25-27) on Dec. 6. Max started all four sets and scored six points on four kills and two blocks.


Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), leads the league and defeated Galatasaray 3-1 (25-20, 28-26, 19-25, 25-20) on Dec. 5. Touzinsky started all four quarters and led Istanbul with 14 points on 12 kills and two blocks. Millar started the first three sets and scored six points on four kills, one block and one ace.

Istanbul lost its CEV Champions Cup match on Dec. 9 to Slovenia’s ACH Volley Bled, 3-2 (25-19, 26-28, 25-19, 22-25, 10-15).

Right behind Istanbul in the Turkish league standings is Fenerbahce, which features U.S. Olympian Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.). Fenerbahce beat Besiktas, 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-14). Gardner started all four quarters and scored eight points on seven kills and one block.

Halkbank, featuring U.S. player Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), fell to Ziraat Bankasi on Dec. 5, 21-25, 22-5, 21-25. Patak led Halkbank with 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Halkbank is in fourth place in the league.

Halkbank is also participating in the CEV Challenge Cup where it has split two matches with Netherlands’ Langhenkel Orion Doetinchem. Halkbank lost the first match in Netherlands, 16-25, 28-30, 15-25, but came back to win its home match, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22. However, Orion will advance due to its better showing in its loss.


Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) started all four sets and scored 12 points on nine kills and three blocks as his French league team Poitiers defeated AS Cannes, 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 25-18) on Dec. 5. Poitiers sits in eighth place in the league.

Poitiers is also advancing to the next round of the CEV Challenge Cup after defeating Albania’s Studenti Tirana in two sweeps. Poitiers won the first match (Dec. 2), 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 and the second (Dec. 9), 25-16, 25-15, 25-18.

Middle European Zone

Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Austrian team Hypo Tirol Innsbruck are 1-1 after their first two CEV Indesit Champions Cup matches. On Dec. 2, Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata swept Innsbruck, 25-23, 25-22, 25-17. Holmes started all three sets and scored five points on three kills and two blocks.

On Dec. 9, Innsbruck beat Belgium’s Noliko Maaseik, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21. Holmes had 10 points on five kills, three blocks and two aces.

Innsbruck is in third place in the Middle European Zone standings.

Puerto Rico

U.S. Men’s player David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) of set a season record for blocks in the Puerto Rican league with nine for Caribes de San Sebastian in its victory over Changos de Naranjito on Nov. 29. Smith also had five kills and one ace in the match. The record for blocks in a Puerto Rican league match is 13.

On Dec. 3, U.S. player Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Naranjito defeated the Guaynabo Mets, featuring Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.), 25-18, 25-20, 25-21. Hein scored 13 points on 11 kills and two blocks. Vance scored 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

On Dec. 4, Lares beat San Sebastian, 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 20-25, 15-12). U.S. player Brian Zodrow (Kaneohe, Hawaii) scored 14 points for Lares on 13 kills and one ace. Tim May added 13 points on 13 kills. Hudson Bates (Richmond, Va.) scored 14 points for San Sebastian on eight kills, four blocks and two aces. Smith added 10 points on six kills, three blocks and one ace.

Also on Dec. 4, Nuevos Gigantes de Carolina beat out league-leading Plataneros de Corozal, including Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.), Casey Patterson (Newbury Park, Calif.) and Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.), 3-1 (27-25, 12-25, 27-25, 25-16). Patterson led Corozal with 15 points on 11 kills, one block and three aces. McKinney scored 14 points on 13 kills and one block.

On Dec. 8, Leones de Ponce, including U.S. players Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Tony Ching (Hawaii) and Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.), defeated Lares, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 18-16). Ching led all scorers with 23 points on 21 kills and two aces. Jablonsky added 21 points on 18 kills, two blocks and one ace. Thomas totaled 14 points on 13 kills and one block. May had seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace for Lares. Zodrow added six points on six kills.

Also on Dec. 8, Naranjito topped Indios de Mayaguez, 25-23, 25-15, 25-20. Hein led Naranjito with 16 points on 11 kills, four blocks and one attack.

Vance led all scorers with 22 points on 17 kills, one block and four aces as Guaynabo defeated San Sebastian 3-1 (25-15, 17-25, 25-17, 25-20) on Dec. 8. Bates had 11 points for San Sebastian on eight kills, two blocks and one ace. Smith totaled eight points on six kills and two aces.

Corozal topped Ponce, 3-2 (20-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20, 19-17) in a battle on Dec. 9. Nielsen led Corozal with 20 points on 18 kills and two blocks. Patterson tallied 17 points on 13 kills, two blocks and two aces. McKinney added 13 points on 11 kills and two blocks. Ponce’s Ching led all scorers with 23 points on 18 kills, one block and four aces. Thomas scored 19 points on 15 kills and four aces and Jablonsly totaled five points on five kills.

U.S. player Jim Polster (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) made his debut with Lares on Dec. 9, as it fell to Mayagues, 1-3 (17-25, 23-25, 25-17, 19-25). Polster finished with 10 points on six kills, one block and three aces. May had five points on three kills and two blocks while Zodrow had five points on five kills.

Vance scored 16 points on 13 kills, one block and two aces as Guaynabo defeated Carolina 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 26-24) on Dec. 9.

Puerto Rican standings (as of Dec. 10):

1. Corozal
2. Guaynabo
3. Mayagüez
4. Carolina
5. Naranjito
6. Ponce
7. Lares
8. San Sebastian