U.S. Men's Update: End of the Line for Lokomotiv

May 05, 2010, 6:27 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. (May 5, 2010) – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian Super League team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), lost its final two matches of the playoff semifinals and is done for the season.

Zenit Kazan, the Russian team that includes Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), will play Lokomotiv Belogorie in the finals, which begin May 8 and will be a best-of-five match format.

On April 29, Belogorie defeated Novosibirsk, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 29-27). Priddy scored 11 points on eight kills, one block and two aces. His kill percentage was 0.42.

Lee scored five points on three kills and two blocks. His kill percentage was 0.43.

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In the deciding match of the best-of-five semifinals, Belogorie defeated Novosibirsk, 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21). Priddy led Novosibirsk with 19 points on 17 kills and two blocks. His kill percentage was 0.61. Lee added seven points on four kills and three blocks. His kill percentage was 0.4.

Summer Training

The summer training block for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team began 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 who were in the gym on Monday:

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)
Russell Holmes (MB; Fountain Valley, Calif.; BYU)
Max Holt (MB; Cincinnati, Ohio; Penn State)
Jayson Jablonsky (OH; Yorba Linda, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Rich Lambourne (L; Tustin, Calif.; BYU)
Cody Loe (MB; Chatsworth, Calif.; Cal State Northridge)
Paul Lotman (OH; Lakewood, Calif.; Long Beach State)
Matt McKinney (Opp; Santa Ynez, Calif.; UCLA)
Evan Patak (Opp; Pleasanton, Calif.; UCSB)
Sean Rooney (OH; Wheaton, Ill.; Pepperdine)
Riley Salmon (OH; League City, Texas; Pierce College)
Jacob Schkud (OH; Santa Monica, Calif.; Hawaii)
Brian Thornton (S; San Clemente, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Scott Touzinsky (OH; St. Louis, Mo.; Long Beach State)
Dustin Watten (L; Long Beach, Calif.; Long Beach State)
Matt Webber (OH; Brentwood, Calif.; UC Irvine)
Jonathan Winder (S; Irvine, Calif.; Pepperdine)


  • Which current member of the U.S. Men’s Team has the nickname “Tank”?

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.


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

On May 1, CAI Voleibol Teruel defeated Almeria, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 to win the league championship.

Smith started all three sets and scored four points on four kills. Denmark started the first two sets and scored two points on one kill and one block.


Benfica, the Portuguese league team that includes Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) and Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.), is tied in its best-of-five playoff series against Sporting Espinho and will play the deciding match on May 8.

On April 11 and April 17, Benfica took 3-2 victories. However, on April 25, Espinho came back to win 3-0. On May 2, it tied the series with a 3-1 victory.

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 Answer

  • Evan Patak