U.S. Men's Update - ESPN 2, ESPNU to Show World League

June 22, 2009, 6:39 p.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 22, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIVB World League volleyball matches are being broadcast via tape delay on both ESPNU and ESPN 2 this summer.

Olympic volleyball players Kevin Barnett (2000 and 2004) and Paul Sunderland (1984 gold medalist), who served as the announcing team for NBC at the 2008 Olympic Games, will be the commentators for the World League matches as well.

The full broadcast schedule is available at http://usavolleyball.org/event/event/573?page_id=2474.

The U.S. Men’s next World League matches are against China this Friday and Saturday (June 26-27, 7 p.m. both nights) at the San Jose State University Event Center Arena.

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/229590.

Pan Am Cup Update   

Opposite Dean Bittner (Lakewood, Calif.) was named the Most Valuable Player of the Pan American Cup, which the U.S. Men’s A2 Team’s won on Saturday with a 4-0 match record.

With the victory, the U.S. Men qualified for the Americas’ Cup, scheduled for Sept. 21-27 in Brazil.

World League Leading Players

Thanks to two 3-1 victories over Italy in World League matches last weekend, several U.S. players have moved up among the World League individual leaders.

Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) is now sixth among all scorers with 70 points on 59 kills, two blocks and nine aces. Those nine aces, with 10 faults, in 67 attempts puts him second among all servers.

Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) is eighth among scorers with 66 points on 61 kills and five blocks.

Rooney is ninth among spikers (61 kills and 16 faults in 117 attempts) and Patak is 10th (59 kills and 20 faults in 114 attempts).

Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) remains second among diggers with 58 digs and eight faults in 66 attempts. Lambourne is also fifth among liberos with 90 excellents and 13 faults in 151 attempts.