U.S. Men in Search of World League Consistency
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
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TULSA Okla. (June 22, 2011) – The only thing that has seemed consistent for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team in its first four weekends of the 2011 FIVB World League has been its inconsistency.
Other than a two-match sweep of Puerto Rico on June 3-4 in San Juan, the U.S. Men have split their results each weekend, opening with a loss and then coming back with a victory in the second match.
But the United States’ five victories against three losses are enough to keep it in second place in Group A, ahead of Poland (4-4) and behind Brazil (5-1), which it will face in two matches this weekend (June 24-25) at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla. Both matches will be at 7 p.m. CT.
Moreover, the U.S. is currently the second-best, second-place team in the intercontinental round behind Cuba, a position it hopes to improve on. The winning team in each group along with the three best second-place teams and the host country (Poland) advance to the Final Round on July 6-10 in Gdansk-Sopot.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) has been making minor adjustments to improve his team’s consistency, from adjusting its training schedule to starting Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) at setter and Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) at middle blocker. But, he said, his strategy against Brazil will remain the same as it has been throughout World League.
“Brazil is Brazil and it is going to play well,” Knipe said. “We’re going to worry about what we’re doing on our side of the court.”
The United States is the only team in Group A to defeat Brazil, handing the South American team a 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24 defeat on June 12 before 17,800 Brazilian fans in Belo Horizonte Brazil. But if the U.S. hopes to repeat that feat, it will need consistent play from its best athletes.
Outside hitter and team captain Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) leads the U.S. in scoring and is eighth among all World League players with 120 points on 99 kills, 12 blocks and nine aces. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) is the team’s second-leading scorer with 107 points on 91 kills, 13 blocks and three aces.
Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) leads the team in blocking and is fourth overall with an average of 0.93 blocks per set. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) leads all World League servers in aces with an average of 0.52 per set. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) is third among all diggers with an average of 3.48 per set.
Opposite Leandro Vissotto leads Brazil in scoring with 76 points on 63 kills, 12 blocks and one ace. He is also the team’s leading blocker. Lucas Saatkamp leads the team in aces with 0.19 per set. However libero Sérgio “Serginho” Dutra Santos leads all liberos and is second among receivers and second among diggers.
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TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Tickets to see the U.S. Men take on world No. 1 Brazil in Tulsa at the Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa are available online at TulsaHurricane.com. Tickets are available at the box office (800 South Tucker Drive) by calling (918) 631-4688 or in person (office hours 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday).
Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Puerto Rico on July 1-2 (7 p.m. PT both nights) at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach can be purchased by visiting the Long Beach State athletics web site, by calling the ticket office at (562) 985-4949 or by visiting the box office (open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. starting June 6; the address is 1250 Bellflower Blvd.).
2011 FIVB World League
14-Player Roster for June 24-25 in Tulsa, Okla.
(12-player rosters for each match are announced shortly prior)
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
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 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-7, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Doctor: Andrew Gregory (Nashville, Tenn.)
Trainer: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Pool A Standings
Team record (points)
1. Brazil 7-1 (21)
2. USA 5-3 (15)
3. Poland 4-4 (12)
4. Puerto Rico 0-8 (0)
U.S. Schedule and Results
Date: May 27-28
Location: Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland
May 27: Poland def. USA, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19
May 28: USA def. Poland, 25-22, 25-19, 37-35
Date: June 3-4
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico
June 3: USA def. Puerto Rico, 24-26, 29-27, 25-17, 25-17
June 4: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-12
Date: June 11-12
Location: Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
June 11: Brazil def. USA, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21
June 12: USA def. Brazil, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24
Date: June 17-18 (7 p.m. both nights)
June 17: Poland def. USA, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20
June 18: USA def. Poland, 25-21, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22
Date: July 6-10
Opponent: Teams must qualify
Location: Gdansk-Sopot, Poland