U.S. Men's Update: Rooney in Command
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 10, 2010) – U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) led his Italian Serie A League team Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza to its third straight victory with a 24-point performance on Dec. 5.
Rooney led all scorers and had 21 kills (0.51 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace as Monza Brianza topped Marmi Lanza Verona, the Italian team of U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17).
Lotman started all four sets for Verona and scored 10 points on seven kills (0.47 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. Brunner started all for sets and scored seven points on six kills (0.42) and one ace.
U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) was named the Most Valuable Player as his Italian team Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia defeated Yoga Forli, 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 27-29. 25-14). Anderson scored 23 points on 19 kills (0.48 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace. He also had 16 receptions, 69 percent positive and 50 percent excellent.
U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and his team Copra Morpho Piacenza defeated BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte, 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 27-25) on Dec. 5. Holt started all four set and score 12 points on seven kills (0.70 hitting percentage), four blocks and one ace.
It is looking like the Hellenic League may resume this weekend after the league suspended play on Dec. 2 due to a controversy over payments expected from the Greek government.
According to a report on sportingreece.com published on Dec. 8:
The lockout is over for the time being as the league of professional clubs had a constructive meeting on Wednesday with Deputy Culture Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis.
The minister, who is responsible for sports, promised the clubs state funding for this year and the next, both for the A1 division clubs and those of the A2.
The disbursement of the funds will start as soon as possible, Nikitiadis promised the clubs.
It was a rough week for U.S. players in the Russian Super League as all four of their teams lost.
Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), fell to Gazprom-Ugra Surgut on Dec. 4, 3-2 (15-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 16-14).
Priddy scored 19 points on 18 kills (0.52 hitting percentage) and one block. Ball scored two points on two kills and set the team to a 0.45 hitting percentage. To view photos from the match, click here.
Fakel Novy Urengoi and U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) lost to Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 on Dec. 4. Hansen played as a substitute and did not score. To view photos from the match, click here.
Yaroslavich Yaroslavl defeated Ural Ufa and U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 19-25, 32-30). Stanley led Ufa with 21 points on 19 kills (0.44 hitting percentage), one block and one ace.
U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his team Kuzbass Kemerovo couldn’t get past Dynamo-Yantar Kaliningrad, losing 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-16). Lee started the first three sets and scored five points on three kills and two block.
EUROPEAN CUP UPDATE
Zenit Kazan suffered its first loss of the CEV Champions League on Dec. 8 when it fell to Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia, 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-10) in Samokov, Bulgaria. Priddy started sets 2-5 and scored 11 points on 11 kills (0.50 hitting percentage). Ball scored two points on two kills and also set the team to a 0.47 hitting percentage.
Kazan still leads Pool A with a 2-1 record.
Also in the CEV Champions League, host Olympiacos Piraeus, the Hellenic league team of U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), fell to Slovenia’s ACH Volley Bled, 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 33-31, 15-9). Jablonsky started the first, second and fifth sets and scored nine points on six kills and three aces.
Olympiacos is in third place in Pool C with a 1-2 record.
In the CEV Cup, the Polish team Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated Scott Touzinsky’s (St. Louis, Mo.) visiting German team SCC Berlin, 3-2 (25-20, 27-29, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13) on Dec. 8.
Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), who plays for Asseco Resovia Rzeszów was not on its roster for the match.
Also in the CEV Cup, Spain’s Unicaja Almeria, which includes U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), defeated visiting AB Groningen/Lycurgus of Netherlands, 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8). U.S. outside hitter Tommy Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.) plays for AB Groningen/Lycurgus.
Switzerland’s Volley Amriswil, which includes U.S. players Max Lipsitz (middle blocker; Williamsville, N.Y.) and Daniel Mathews (setter; Shorewood, Wis.), fell to host Italy’s Casa Modena in CEV Cup play on Dec. 9, 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-19). Lipsitz was credited with 12 points and Mathews with five.
In the GM Capital Challenge Cup, Kevin Hansen and Fakel Novy Urengoi has automatically advanced to the next round after Hungary’s Kalo-Méh Kecskemet withdrew from the competition.
Greece’s GC Lamia, which features of U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) and middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), which was eliminated from the CEV Cup by Unicaja Almeria, is now in the Challenge Cup and fell to Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 3-1 (25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 25-22) on Dec. 9. Price was credited with 14 points on 13 kills and one ace. Hein was credited with seven points on five kills, one block and one ace.
Also in the GM Capital Challenge Cup, Isku Tampere, the Finnish team of U.S. setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) fell to Estonia’s Selver Tallinn, 26-24, 25-15, 25-20 on Dec. 9. To view photos from the match, including several of Shoji, click here.
There are two more U.S. players competing in the GM Capital Challenge Cup. Sean Carney (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Hunter Current (San Jose, Calif.) are both playing for the Finnish team Sun Oulu.
Millar and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated AZS Politechnika Warszawska on Dec. 4, 3-1 (23-25, 29-27, 25-17, 25-23). Millar started all four sets and scored eight points on seven kills and one block. To view photos from the match, click here.
On Dec. 3, U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated Sao Caetano/Tamoyo, 25-16, 25-21, 25-21. Holmes scored 12 points on nine kills, one block and two aces.
On Dec. 9, Vivo/Minas lost to BMG/Montes Claros, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21. Holmes scored six points on three kills and three blocks.
U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Londrina/Sercomtel won two matches in a row. On Dec. 4 they defeated Soya/Blumenau/Mart, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 31-29). Tarr started the first three sets and substituted in the fourth, scoring 10 points on 10 kills.
On Dec. 9, Londrina/Sercomtel defeated Fatima/Medquimica/Sogipa, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16. Tarr started all three sets and scored 12 points on 11 kills and one block.