B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 18, 2010) – Several European leagues are starting to wind down their regular seasons and many present and former members of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will be participating in league playoffs.
With one week left in the regular season, Fenerbahce, the Turkish League team of Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), has won the regular season title by sweeping Ziraat Bankasi, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19 on March 14.
Gardner scored 10 points for Fenerbahce on seven kills, two blocks and one ace.
Fenerbahce will play either Maliye or SGK in the first round of the playoffs.
Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye (IBB), the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), was swept by SGK, 20-25, 17-25, 25-27 on March 14. Touzinsky led IBB with 11 points on 11 kills. Millar, who started the first two sets, scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace.
IBB will face either SGK or Maliye in the first round of the playoffs.
Halkbank, the Turkish team of Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), defeated Galatasaray, 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22) on March 14. Patak substituted in the match but did not score.
Now Training in Anaheim
The following athletes are training at the USA National Team Center at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.:
Rich Camerlengo (Hope International)
Jonathan Charette (Opp, Fullerton, Calif., BYU)
Tyler Hildebrand (S, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
Tom Hoff (MB, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
Jayson Jablonsky (OH, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
Cody Loe (MB, Chatsworth, Calif., Cal State Northridge)
John Parfitt (OH, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Pepperdine)
Mark Ribeiro (OH, New York, N.Y., Springfield College)
Jacob Schkud (OH, Santa Monica, Calif., Hawaii)
Joshua Stanhiser (MB, Loma Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
Dustin Watten (L, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
Matt Werle (S, Meadville, Pa., Juniata College)
Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.) was briefly in Anaheim, but has now joined Quasar Massa Versilia in Italy’s Serie A2 League.
World Championship Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets for the FIVB 2010 Men’s World Championship went on sale on March 16 beginning the countdown to the competition, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 10 in Italy.
Matches are set to be played across the country, with stages taking place in Milan, Verona, Modena, Reggio Calabria, Torino, Trieste, Florence and Ancona. The winners will be crowned in Rome on the final day of the tournament.
Brazil will be hoping to make it a hat trick of titles in this year’s competition after winning both the Argentina 2002 and Japan 2006 tournaments.
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.
With one match left to go in the regular season, Zenit Kazan, featuring Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), looks to have the Russian Super League title well in hand after winning its last two matches.
On March 13, Kazan defeated Tyumen Tyumen, 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 23-25, 25-23). Ball started all four sets at setter and scored seven points on one kill, four blocks and two aces. Stanley played only as a substitute and did not score.
On March 17, Kazan beat Iskra Odintsovo, 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16). Stanley started all four sets and scored13 points on 10 kills, two blocks and one ace. Ball started all four sets and scored six points on four kill and two blocks.
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), is in third place in the league after going 1-1 in its last two matches.
On March 13, Novosibirsk swept Dynamo Yantar, 25-20, 25-14, 25-20. Priddy led Novosibirsk with 15 points on 11 kills, two blocks and two aces. Lee added 12 points on seven kills, three blocks and two aces.
To view photos from the match, click here.
On March 17, Novosibirsk fell to Dynamo Moscow, 2-3 (20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 10-15). Priddy scored 14 points on 10 kills, three blocks and one ace. Lee added eight points on six kills and two aces.
Finally, Fakel Novy Urengoi, the Russian team of Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) sits in fourth place after losing its last two matches.
On March 13, Fakel was swept by Ural Ufa, 22-25, 18-25, 19-25. Rooney led Fakel with 12 points on nine kills and three blocks. Hansen started all three sets at setter and scored one points on one kill.
To view photos from the match, click here.
On March 17, Fakel lost a 2-3 (19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 8-15) decision to Lokomotiv Belogorie. Rooney scored 11 points on eight kills, two blocks and one ace. Hansen started all five sets at setter and scored three points on two kills and one block.
The final matches of the Russian regular season will be March 21.
The Italian Serie A League is also headed into the homestretch with one match remaining in the regular season.
Marmi Lanza Verona, featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), secured the final spot in the playoffs with a 25-21, 26-24, 25-22 sweep of Yoga Forli on March 14. Holt scored nine points on seven kills, one block and one ace.
On March 17, Verona was swept 23-25, 23-25, 18-25 by Lube Banca Marche Macerata. Holt started only the first set and did not score.
Verona will have the final weekend of the regular season off before facing league-champion Itas Diatec Trentino in the first round of the playoffs.
Prisma Taranto, the Italian Serie A League team that includes Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), will be finished next week due to finishing in the bottom half of the league, even though it won its last two matches.
On March 14, Taranto defeated Esse-Ti Carilo Loreto, 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 29-27, 22-25, 15-6). Suxho started all five sets at setter and scored three points on two kills and one ace.
On March 17, Taranta beat RPA-LuigiBacchi.it Perugia, 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19). Suxho started all four sets at setter and scored three points on two kills and one ace.
Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) started the first two sets and scored four points on four kills as his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas was swept by Fatima/Medquimica/UCS, 18-25, 19-25, 20-25 on March 13.
Middle European Zone
Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck, the Austrian club team of Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), fell to the aon hotVolleys, 2-3 (20-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 11-15) in the semifinals of the league playoffs on March 13.
Unicaja Almeria, the Spanish league featuring David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), concluded the regular season in first place in the league with a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23) victory over C.V. 7 Islas Vecindario on March 13. Smith scored nine points on seven kills and two blocks.
Almeria will play CMA Soria in the first round of the playoffs.