U.S. Men's Update: Turkish Delight

Feb. 24, 2010, 1:45 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. (Feb. 24, 2010) – U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team players continue to help their clubs around the world.

Evan Patak led all scorers with 23 points as his Turkish league team Halkbank defeated Bozkurt Belediye, including U.S. player Ryan Burrow, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-18, on Feb. 21.

Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored on 18 kills, two blocks and three aces. Burrow (Racine, Wis.) had nine points on seven kills and two aces. Halkbank sits in fifth place in the league.

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), remains in second place even though it fell to Arkas Spor, 2-3 (21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 14-16) on Feb. 21. Touzinsky started all five sets and scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Millar started the first, second and fifth sets and scored four points on four kills.

Fenerbahce, the Turkish team of Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) continues to hold the league lead following a 25-11, 25-18, 25-13 victory over Belediye Plevne on Feb. 21. Gardner did not play in the match.


  1. Which U.S. Men’s player set Clay Stanley for the final kill in the gold medal match at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? (hint: It was not Lloy Ball)
  2. What three U.S. Men’s volleyball players from the 1968 Olympic Team had offspring competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? (hint: Not all three offspring play volleyball)
  3. Who is the only U.S. Men’s Team player to win three Olympic medals for indoor volleyball? (hint: It was a shame he had to shave that hair!)

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.


Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) scored 17 points on 17 kills for Fakel Novy Urengoi, the Russian club team he and Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) play for, as Fakel defeated Iskra Odintsovo, 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-22) on Feb. 20.

Rooney started all four set as did Hansen, who scored two points on one kill and one block while starting at setter.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Zenit Kazan, featuring Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), continued to lead the league by sweeping Dynamo-Yantar Kaliningrad, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19 on Feb. 20.

Ball started all three sets at setter and scored four points on one block and three aces. Stanley did not play.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian Super League team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), lost a heartbreaking 2-3 (25-19, 19-25, 20-25, 25-20, 13-15) decision to Lokomotiv-Belogorie on Feb. 20.

Priddy led Novosibirsk with 20 points on 17 kills, two blocks and one ace with a kill percentage of 0.71. Lee scored 13 points on seven kills, five blocks and one ace and had a kill percentage of 0.70.

To view photos from the match, click here.


On Feb. 19, Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) started all five sets and scored 13 points on 13 kills as his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated Sada Cruzeiro Volei, 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13).

Vivo/Minas is in sixth place in the league.


Marmi Lanza Verona, the Italian Serie A League team featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), defeated Andreoli Latina, 15-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-16 on Feb. 21. Holt started all four sets and scored 10 points on three kills, five blocks and two aces. Verona is in eighth place in the league.

Prisma Taranto, which includes Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) fell to Sisley Treviso on Feb. 21, 17-25, 19-25, 21-25. Suxho started all three sets at setter and scored one point on one kill.


Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored 20 points on 17 kills, two blocks and one ace as his French league team Poitiers defeated Beauvais, 3-2 (23-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-20, 15-10) on Feb. 20. Poitiers is in fourth place in the league.

Middle European Zone

Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck, the Austrian club team of Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), fell to ACH Volley of Slovenia 2-3 (21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 25-18, 10-15) on Feb. 20.

Holmes started the final three sets and scored six points on six kills.


RWE Volleys Bottrop, the German league team of Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), fell to VfB Friedrichshafen, 16-25, 21-25, 13-25 on Feb. 20. Winder started all three sets at setter and scored one point on one block.


Unicaja Almeria continues to lead the Spanish league despite a 20-25, 21-25, 17-25 loss to Tarragona SPiSP on Feb. 20. U.S. player David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) scored seven points on three kills and four blocks. He had a kill percentage of 0.60.


Benfica, the Portuguese league team that features both Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) finished second in its league this season. It is now playing in the semifinals of the Portugal Cup and in the quarterfinals of the league playoffs.

Tarr starts at outside hitter for Benfica while Reft starts at libero.
Trivia Answers

  1. Middle blocker Ryan Millar
  2. Butch May (daughter is beach volleyball player Misty May Treanor); Winthrop ("Wink") Davenport (daughter is tennis player Lindsay Davenport); Jon Stanley (son is volleyball player Clay Stanley)
  3. Steve Timmons (gold in 1984 and ’88, bronze in 1992)