Host Italy Comes Back to Defeat U.S. Men

Oct. 05, 2010, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 5, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team started strong, but could not close out a victory over host Italy and fell 3-1 (14-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-22) on Tuesday at the FIVB World Championship before a crowd of 9,500 at the PalaLottomattica in Rome, Italy.

The loss gives the United States a 1-1 record (5-2 overall) in the three-team Pool  O. The U.S. Men will have to wait for Italy (1-0, 6-0 overall) to play France (0-1 in pool, 4-2 overall) at noon PT on Wednesday to find out their fate.

If Italy defeats France, Italy will stay in Rome to play in the World Championship semifinal round and Team USA will travel to Modena to play against the second-place teams from three other pools for fifth-eighth places. If France defeats Italy, then each team would be 1-1 and their fates will be determined by the tie-breaker, which is the points ratio.

U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) led all scorers with 20 points on 15 kills (0.22 hitting percentage), two blocks and a match-high three aces. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) added 19 points on a match-high 16 kills (0.22 hitting percentage) and three blocks. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) scored 14 points on 12 kills (0.24 hitting percentage) and two blocks.

The large crowd contributed to a very emotional match between the two well-matched teams.

“First of all it was a very emotional match, but Italy is playing at home in a World Championship and there is going to be emotions," U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. "We had many opportunities to win the second set and take a 2-0 lead but didn’t capitalize."

Alessandro Fei paced Italy with 17 points on 13 kills (.03 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace. Cristian Savani added 16 points on 13 spikes (0.20 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. Matej Cernic scored 12 points on 11 attacks (0.35 hitting percentage) and one block.

The U.S. Men out-blocked Italy 15-12 and had five aces to Italy’s two. Italy also had 12 service errors to the United States’ 11. Italy finished with 53 kills and a hitting percentage of 0.21 (26 errors, 130 attempts). Team USA had 51 kills and a hitting percentage of 0.23 (22 errors on 125 attempts).

The U.S. was credited with 62 digs and 22 faults on 90 attempts. Italy had 68 digs and 19 faults on 94 attempts. The U.S. Men were credited with 45 “excellent” service receptions and two faults on 75 attempts. Italy was credited with 43 excellent receptions and five faults on 81 attempts.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored eight points on four kills, three blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) totaled four points on two kills and two blocks. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace. Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled two points on one kill and one block. Setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) scored one point on a block.

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the U.S. in digging with 17 digs and two faults on 20 attempts. Stanley was second in digs with 12 and six faults on 19 attempts.

Priddy led the team in excellent receptions with 21 and no faults on 31 attempts. Lambourne added 14 receptions and two faults on 24 attempts.

Hansen was credited with 22 running sets and no faults on 90 attempts. Winder, who played most of the third set, had four running sets and one fault on 19 attempts. A running set is defined as a set from a player that puts their hitter against one blocker or none.

Knipe started Priddy and Rooney at outside hitter, Lee and Holt at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Holmes entered the match as a substitute in the third set and started the fourth for Holt. Winder and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) played as substitutes.

In the first set, Italy took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), including two kills from Savani. The U.S. scored on a kill and block by Priddy along with kills by Stanley and Rooney. The U.S. tied the score at 8-8 on spikes from Priddy and Rooney. Italy answered with a strike by Sala. But a Rooney kill gave the serve to Lee, who served for four more points including an ace, kills by Stanley and Rooney and a Holt block, to give the U.S. a 13-9 lead. Italy got a kill to pull to within three. An Italian hitting error gave the serve to Stanley and he helped the U.S. score five straight points, including an ace and two kills from Stanley and blocks from Holt and Rooney, putting the U.S. ahead 19-10. Team USA reached set point at 24-13 on a Priddy kill. A U.S. error allowed Italy one more point, but Savani’s serving error gave the set to the U.S. The U.S. out-blocked Italy 4-1 and had two aces while Italy had none. Priddy led all scorers with seven points on six kills and one block while Italy’s attack percentage was 26 percent.

The second set was tied at 6-6 when the U.S. scored on a Priddy kill and Italian hitting error to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. Italy eventually came back to tie the score at 10-10. The two teams battled back and forth, but with the score tied at 12-12, Italy scored four straight points, including a kill and block by Sala and a Savani block, to lead 16-13 at the second TTO. The U.S. came back with two points on Italy’s error and Stanley’s attack. Eventually, the U.S. tied the score at 17-17. Later, with the score still tied 23-23, Sala had two straight blocks to give Italy the victory.

Riding the momentum from the second set, Italy took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO of the third set and extended the lead to 9-4. Knipe brought Winder in to set and Team USA used a Priddy kill, Stanley block and Italian hitting error to pull to within two at 10-8. But Savani scored with a kill and then served for the next three points to increase Italy’s lead to 14-8. Team USA ate away at the lead, which was 16-12 at the second TTO. Italy’s lead was still four at 22-18 when Team USA put together a Rooney kill and Stanley ace to pull to within two. Italy called timeout and responded with a strike by Fei.  The U.S. tied the score at 23-23 on Italy’s error and a block by Priddy. Then it reached set point on a block by Winder and Holmes. Cernic fought off set point with a kill and a lifting call on the United States gave Italy set point at 25-24. Stanley fought off the loss with a kill, but Sala came back with a strike to give Italy a 26-25 lead. Another Stanley kill tied the score again. But Italy scored the final two points for the victory.

The teams started the fourth set evenly until the score was tied 5-5. A U.S. hitting error and Italy block gave Italy a 7-5 lead. Rooney tooled the block to pull the U.S. to within on at 7-6, but Sala used a kill to give his team the 8-6 lead at the first TTO. A block from Fei made in 9-6, but Hansen got the ball back for the U.S. with a setter dump and Holmes served for four more points, including an ace and blocks from Priddy and Lee and a Stanley kill, to give the United States an 11-9 lead. The U.S. continued to lead by three at the second TTO. The U.S. led 18-16 when a kill by Luigi Mastrangelo gave Simone Parodi the serve. Parodi served for two more points, including a U.S. hitting error and an Italy block, to lead 19-18. With Italy leading 20-19, Priddy got a kill, followed by a U.S. block to take a 21-20 lead and Italy called timeout. Team USA came back with a hitting error and tied the score at 21-21. Italy grabbed a 22-21 lead and the U.S. called timeout, but Italy’s block followed by a U.S. hitting error gave Italy match point. Fei had a serving error to give the U.S. life, but Italy ended the match with a block.

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2010 FIVB World Championship
Sept. 25-Oct. 10 in Italy

U.S. Roster for Oct. 5
(Each team can bring up to 14 players. Prior to each match, 12 players are chosen to play)

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
4 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)
7 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
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 Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Greg Vernovage (Susquehanna, Pa.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Technical Coordinator:
Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Team Doctors: Andrew Gregory (Nashville, Tenn.) and Keith Feder (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Medical Support:
Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool O Schedule (in Rome; all times PT) and Results
Oct. 4: USA def. France, 25-16, 25-14, 25-23
Oct. 5: Italy def. USA, 14-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-22
Oct. 6: France vs. Italy, noon

Pool O Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio
1. USA (1-1) 3; 1.179
2. ITA (1-1) 2; 0.958
3. FRA (0-1) 1; 0.707

Pool L Results (Ancona)
Sept. 30: Czech Republic def. USA, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22
Oct. 1: USA def. Cameroon, 23-25, 25-14, 25-27, 25-20, 15-7
Oct. 2: Czech Republic def. Cameroon, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17

Pool L Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio

1. Czech Republic (2-0) 4; 1.304
2. USA (1-1) 3; 1.048
3. Cameroon (0-2) 1; 0.771

Pool D First Round Results (Reggio Calabria)
Sept. 25: Argentina def. Venezuela, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18
Sept: 25: USA def. Mexico, 22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-11
Sept. 26: Argentina def. Mexico, 25-12, 25-19, 17-25, 25-15
Sept. 26: USA def. Venezuela, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19
Sept. 27: Mexico def. Venezuela, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20
Sept. 27: USA def. Argentina, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-20

Pool D Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio
1. USA (3-0) 6; 1.102
2. Argentina (2-1) 5; 1.136
3. Mexico (1-2) 4; 0.950
4. Venezuela (0-3) 3; 0.804