U.S. Men Escape with World League Win Over Egypt

July 02, 2010, 4:06 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team escaped with a 3-2 (20-25, 31-29, 25-17, 21-25, 15-12) in an FIVB World League match on Friday in Cairo.

The U.S. Men improve to 6-3 in Pool C and maintain their second-place standing. Egypt falls to 1-8 and sits in fourth.

The U.S. Men were paced by opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) who had 17 points on a team-high 16 kills and one ace. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) finished with 16 points on seven kills and a match-high nine blocks.

Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) totaled 13 points on 12 kills and one block. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) added 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace.

Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay led all scorers with 23 points on a match-high 21 kills, one block and one ace. Saleh Youssef added 17 points on 13 kills and four blocks.

“Egypt played very hard, especially in the first and second sets and they put our side under pressure,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) told the FIVB. “We need to improve our performance if we hope to go the final round.”

The United States led Egypt in aces, 3-2, but Egypt led in successful attacks, 59-53 and blocks 16-14. Egypt gave up 42 points on errors while the U.S. had 31 team errors.

Team USA had a hitting percentage of 0.24 and an attack percentage of 0.43. Egypt’s hitting percentage was 0.25 and its attack percentage was 0.41. The U.S. Men were hurt by 19 service errors, but Egypt had 28.

The U.S. was credited with two digs and 21 faults while Egypt totaled eight digs and 27 faults. The U.S. Men were credited with seven “excellent” receptions while Egypt had 13.

Among other U.S. players, middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) finished with eight points on five kills and three blocks. Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) totaled four points on four spikes. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), playing as a serving substitute, scored one point on an ace and setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) had one point on a kill.

Hansen was credited with 31 running sets and one fault on 119 attempts. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with one dig and one excellent reception. Rooney led the team in excellent receptions with five.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Lotman at outside hitter, Lee and Holmes at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Rooney substituted for Anderson in the second set and started the rest of the match. Patak and Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) both played as substitutes.

In the fifth-set tiebreaker, Egypt scored first with a kill. The U.S. came back to tie on Egypt’s error. Rashad Atia scored a spike on a U.S. overpass to give Egypt the lead again, but Egypt’s service error tied it at 2-2. Another Egypt kill gave it a 3-2 lead, but the U.S. responded with a Lee kill and Lotman ace to gain a one-point advantage at 4-3. The set continued with the U.S. going up by one and Egypt tying until the score was 5-5. Team USA scored on a Rooney kill and Egypt hitting error to take a 7-5 lead. Egypt came back with a kill, but a service error put Team USA up 8-6 at the side-change. A U.S. service error pulled Egypt to within one point at 8-7, but Egypt responded in kind and the U.S. lead remained at two. A U.S. service error allowed Egypt to pull to within one point again at 10-9, but two straight kills by Lee gave Team USA some breathing room at 12-9 and Egypt never got that close again. Team USA reached match point at 14-11. Egypt held off the loss with a kill, but Rooney put the match away with his 12th kill of the match.

The first set was even at 3-3 when Rashad Atia’s kill put Egypt ahead by one. A U.S. hitting error followed by an Egypt kill and ace from Atia gave Egypt a 7-3 lead. Team USA scored on Egypt’s service error, but a U.S. service error gave Egypt an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO). With Egypt leading 10-6, Team USA got the ball on Egypt’s service error and Lotman served for four straight points, including a block by Lee and kill by Anderson to tie the score at 10-10. However Egypt scored three straight points on three straight blocks and Team USA called timeout trailing 10-13. Team USA scored on Egypt’s serving error, but Egypt used a kill to go ahead 14-11 and get the serve. It scored the next four points behind Youssef’s serving to lead 18-11. Egypt’s lead was 19-12 when the U.S. scored twice on Egypt’s errors to cut the lead to 19-14. But Egypt scored three straight points on a block and two kills to lead 22-14. A U.S. block ended the run and Patak substituted for Homes at server. Egypt’s hitting error cut the lead to 22-16 and a Patak ace made it 22-17. Egypt’s head coach, Antonio Giacobbe called timeout and Egypt scored on a kill. Team USA came back with a Lee kill and Stanley Ace to cut the lead to 23-19, but Egypt reached set point with a spike. Lotman kill held off the set loss before Egypt ended it with an attack. Egypt finished the set with 11 kills and seven blocks while the United States had seven kills, two blocks and two aces.

The second set started out much closer and the two teams were tied at 7-7 when Egypt reached the first TTO on a U.S. serving error. With the teams tied at 11-11, Egypt scored on a U.S. serving error followed by a hitting error to lead 13-11. Knipe substituted Rooney in for Anderson and the U.S. soon tied the score at 14-14, including a kill by Rooney. Egypt was leading by one at 19-18 when the U.S. scored twice, the second point coming on Holmes’ left-handed attack, to lead 21-19 and cause Egypt to call timeout. Egypt’s Mohamed Badawy scored on a spike, but Holmes came back with another kill to hold the United States’ lead at two. But a kill and a block tied the score for Egypt at 22-22 and now Knipe was calling timeout. The U.S. responded with a kill. Egypt replied in kind. A Stanley spike gave the U.S. its first set point at 24-23. Egypt called timeout and the U.S. was called for a net violation, which tied the score. Egypt reached set point at 25-24 on Youssef’s kill off an overpass, but Stanley tied the score with an attack. Egypt reached another set point at 26-25, but the U.S. fought back and took its own set point at 27-26. Egypt fought that off and again twice more at 28-27 and 29-28. Finally, the U.S. reached set point at 30-29 on Egypt’s serving error. Holmes ended the set with a stuff block.

Egypt held a 6-5 lead in the third set when Team USA scored four straight points on a kill by Stanley, a block and kill from Holmes and a Rooney attack to lead 9-6. Egypt used two kills to pull to within one at 9-8. The U.S. still led by one at 10-9 when it scored on three straight kills from Holmes, Rooney and Lotman to go ahead 13-9. Still leading by four at 15-11, the U.S. reached the second TTO on a kill from Rooney and increased the lead to 17-11 after the break on a Stanley attack. Egypt called timeout and the U.S. run ended with a hitting error. The U.S. led 18-14 when it went on a 4-1 run, scoring on a kill and block by Rooney along with kills from Holmes and Lotman to extend its lead to 22-15. Egypt scored two more points before Team USA went on a 3-0 run, consisting of two kills and a block from Lotman, to win the set.

The fourth set again started close and the U.S. held a slim 8-7 lead at the first TTO, scoring on a Holmes block, Lotman spike and three Stanley kills. Egypt’s lead was also slim, 16-15, at the second TTO. With the score tied 18-18, Egypt got two straight kills from Badawy and Abdelhay to take a 20-18 lead. Team USA called timeout and scored on Egypt’s service error. But Abdelhay scored again with another attack. Holmes answered with a kill to pull the U.S. to within one at 21-20. But Egypt reached set point with two kills and a block. Egypt’s service error gave the U.S. one more point before Youssef used a spike to win the set.

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2010 FIVB World League

July 2-3 in Cairo, Egypt

U.S. Roster (Roster will be reduced to 12 for the matches)
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 C David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College) 
11 Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-4, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Andy Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Arnie Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Shawn Patchell (Provo, Utah)
Doctor: Chris Koutures
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool C Standings (As of July 2)
Country (points) record
Russia (26) 9-0
USA (18) 6-3
Finland (6) 2-7
Egypt (4) 1-8

Note: Match won 3-0 or 3-1: 3 points for the winner, 0 point for the loser
Match won 3-2: 2 points for the winner, 1 point for the loser
In case of tie, the teams will be classified according to the following criteria: number of matches won, points ratio and sets ratio

2010 U.S. World League Schedule and Results

Date: June 4-5
Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia
June 4: Russia def. United States, 25-15, 26-24, 25-14
June 5:
Russia def. United States, 25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Finland
Location: Tampere, Finland
June 11: United States def. Finland, 25-27, 25-18, 27-25, 25-28
June 12: United States def. Finland, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26

Date: June 18-19
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.
June 18: United States def. Egypt, 25-19, 25-15, 14-25, 25-21
June 19: United States def. Egypt, 25-20, 25-22, 11-25, 25-14

Date: June 25-26 (7 p.m. CT both days)
Opponent: Finland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
June 25: Finland def. United States, 25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11
June 26: United States def. Finland, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23

Date: July 2-3
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cairo, Egypt
July 2: United States def. Egypt, 20-25, 31-29, 25-17, 21-15, 15-12

Date: July 9 at 7 p.m. CT; July 10 at 6 p.m. CT
Opponent: Russia
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. - www.wichitasports.com/

Final Round (must qualify)
Date: July 21-25
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

Other Pool C Results
June 5: Egypt def. Finland, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, 15-13
June 6: Finland def. Egypt, 25-22. 23-25, 25-20, 25-19
June 11: Russia def. Egypt, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15
June 12: Russia def. Egypt, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8
June 18: Russia def. Finland, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18
June 19: Russia def. Finland, 25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-18
June 25: Russia def. Egypt, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16
June 26: Russia def. Egypt, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18
July 2: Russia def. Finland, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14