U.S. Men's Update: Summer Training Block Begins Monday

April 28, 2010, 6:42 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. (April 28, 2010) – The summer training block for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team begins May 3 at the USA National Team Center in the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.
 
Players on the A2 team will be preparing for the NORCECA Pan American Cup on May 22-30 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Players on the National Team will be training for the FIVB World League, which begins June 4 when the team will be in Russia for the first weekend.

Here is a list of the players expected back in the gym on May 3. Other players will join them as the month continues:

Ryan Ammerman (S; Parker, Colo.; UC Irvine)
Matt Anderson (OH; West Seneca, N.Y.; Penn State)
Kevin Hanson (S; Newport Beach, Calif.; Stanford)
Andy Hein (MB; Carol Spring, Ill.; Pepperdine)
Tyler Hildebrand (S; Mesa, Ariz.; Long Beach State)
Tom Hoff (MB; Park Ridge, Ill.; Long Beach State)
Max Holt (MB; Cincinnati, Ohio; Penn State)
Jayson Jablonsky (OH; Yorba Linda, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Cody Loe (MB; Chatsworth, Calif.; Cal State Northridge)
Matt McKinney (Opp; Santa Ynez, Calif.; UCLA)
Evan Patak (Opp; Pleasanton, Calif.; UCSB)
Riley Salmon (OH; League City, Texas; Pierce College)
Jacob Schkud (OH; Santa Monica, Calif.; Hawaii)
Brian Thornton (S; San Clemente, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Dustin Watten (L; Long Beach, Calif.; Long Beach State)
Matt Webber (OH; Brentwood, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Jonathan Winder (S; Irvine, Calif.; Pepperdine)

Trivia

  • Which current U.S. Men’s National Team player was a co-interim head coach for an NCAA Division I men’s college team?
  • Which current U.S. Men’s National Team player was working as a warehouse supervisor for General Electric in 1999 when a scout called him and asked him to try out for a professional volleyball team in Italy?

Southern California Scrimmages

The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team is holding two intersquad scrimmages in Southern California in May.

On May 15, the U.S. men’s A2 team will scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. and the U.S. National Team will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at JSerra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the JSerra ticket office or via e-mail at athletics@jserra.org.

On May 21, the U.S. men’s A2 team will scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. and the U.S. National Team will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid at 1250 North Bellflower Blvd., in Long Beach.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids and seniors and LBSU students will get in free. Tickets are available at the Walter Pyramid box office or online at www.longbeachstate.com.

Russia

Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team that includes Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), has qualified for the playoff final after defeating Dinamo Moscow in three straight semifinal matches.

On April 22, Kazan beat Moscow, 25-16, 25-23, 25-21. Stanley led all scorers with 14 points on 10 kills, one block and three aces. His kill percentage was 0.43. Ball set the team to a kill percentage of 0.43, but did not score.

To view photos from the match, click here and click here.

On April 23, Kazan topped Moscow, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. Stanley again led all scorers with 21 points on 14 kills, two blocks and five aces. His kill percentage was 0.67. Ball set the team to a 0.54 kill percentage and scored one point on one ace.

The series finished on April 27 as Kazan again swept Moscow, 27-25, 25-18, 30-28. Stanley scored 10 points on 10 kills and has a 0.5 kill percentage. Ball scored three points on one kill and two blocks and set the team to a kill percentage of 0.6.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Kazan will await the winner of the other semifinal between Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), and Lokomotiv Belogorie.

Novosibirsk leads the series, 2-1.

On April 23, Novosibirsk defeated Belogorie, 3-2 (25-23, 13-25, 33-31, 21-25, 15-10). Lee led Novosibirsk with 15 points on six kills and nine blocks. His kill percentage was 0.55. Priddy added 13 points on 11 kills and two aces. His kill percentage was 0.41.

On April 24, Belogorie came back to win 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13). Priddy scored 17 points on 13 kills, three blocks and one ace. His kill percentage was 0.52. Lee scored seven points on four kill and three blocks. His kill percentage was 0.33.

Novosibirsk won the third match on April 28, 3-1 (25-21, 27-25, 24-26, 25-19). The two teams will play again on April 30 and, if necessary, May 3.

Spain

Unicaja Almeria, the Spanish league team of U.S. players Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) and David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), has lost the first two matches of the tournament final to CAI Voleibol Teruel.

On April 23, Almeria fell, 3-2 (32-30, 27-29, 28-26, 17-25, 16-14). Smith scored 15 points on nine kills, three blocks and three aces. His kill percentage was 0.6. Denmark did not play.

On April 24, Almeria lost 3-2 (18-25, 25-23, 19-25, 30-28, 15-13). Smith scored 12 points on nine kills, two blocks and one ace. His kill percentage was 0.56. Denmark did not play.

The teams will meet again on May 1.

France

Poitiers, the French League team of Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), was eliminated in the league’s playoff semifinals after losing two straight matches to Tours.

On April 24, Poitiers fell, 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22). Lotman scored 21 points on 18 kills and three blocks. His kill percentage was 0.78.

On April 28, Poitiers lost, 3-2 (25-17, 27-25, 19-25, 20-25, 20-18). Lotman scored seven points.

Portugal

Benfica, the Portuguese league team that includes Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) and Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.), leads the final of its best-of-five playoff series against Sporting Espinho, 2-1.

On April 11 and April 17, Benfica took 3-2 victories. However, on April 25, Espinho came back to win 3-0.

Ball’s E-Book Now Available

Lloy Ball’s biography, The Biggest Mistake I Never Made, is now available for download.

The book details the life and career of Ball, a four-time Olympian, including his experience in Beijing when the U.S. Men won the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

The E-book costs $9.95. For more information, click here.

The NET Live

The NET Live is an Internet radio show hosted by former U.S. Men’s Team player and two-time Olympian Kevin Barnett along with current team member, two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist Reid Priddy.

The show is usually broadcast at 10 a.m. PT on Mondays and features interviews with a variety of volleyball personalities along with banter by the two hosts and sidekick/engineer Dan “Kinda Good” Madden.

Click here to listen to the show.

You can also download the podcast from iTunes by clicking here.

Trivia Answers

  • Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) was the co-interim head coach for BYU in 2006.
  • Riley Salmon (League City, Texas)
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