COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 18, 2012) – All the news about U.S. men’s volleyball players in the U.S. and around the world.
U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, was named the Most Valuable Player of the match as his Polish league team Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, 27-25, 18-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-11. Lotman played as a substitute in the first and third sets and started the fourth and fifth, finishing with 14 points on 10 attacks (62.5 kill percent, .625 hitting efficiency) and four blocks. He was also credited with 15 receptions, 60 percent positive.
U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and Jastrzębski Węgiel defeated Lotos Trefl Gdańsk, 24-26, 26-24, 25-14, 25-16. Holmes scored seven points on two kills and a match-high five blocks.
FIVB WORLD LEAGUE
The FIVB Executive Committee approved the appointment of Japan and Egypt into the 2013 edition of the World League at its meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.
This decision follows the ratification of the Sports Events Council’s proposal to expand the World League to 18 teams (three pools of six teams) for the first time in its history during its meeting earlier this month.
Egypt, who last participated in 2010, and Japan, who finished 15th in 2012, will join Pool C which consists of Canada (WR18), Korea (WR22), Finland (WR31) and the Netherlands (WR41).
2013 World League pools:
Pool A: Brazil (WR1), Poland (WR4), USA (WR5), Bulgaria (WR8), Argentina (WR9) and France (WR16)
Pool B: Russia (WR2), Italy (WR3), Cuba (WR6), Serbia (WR7), Germany (WR10), Iran (WR14)
Pool C: Canada (WR18), Korea (WR22), Finland (WR31), the Netherlands (WR41), Egypt (WR13), Japan (WR19).
Eight teams will qualify for the World League Finals featuring the top three teams from Pools A and B, plus the winner of Pool C and the host country.
The top three world ranked teams in each pool will play three matches at home and two away with the bottom three world ranked teams playing twice at home and three times away.
The 2013 World League Intercontinental Round will run from May 31 to July 13 before the Final Round on July 16-21. The Final Round venue has yet to be confirmed.
U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), a 2004, ’08 and ’12 Olympian, led his Turkish league team Halkbank Ankara past U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.), a 2004 Olympian, and Istanbul BBSK, 21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-13 on Dec. 16. Priddy led his team with 19 points on 13 attacks, five blocks and one ace. He was also credited with 17 receptions, 65 percent positive. Billings led all scorers with 23 points on 21 kills and two blocks.
U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), a 2008 Olympian, helped Arkas Izmir Spor to a 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 16-14 win over Galatasaray Erkek on Dec. 9. Hansen scored two points on one kill and one block. He also set his team to a 46.0 kill percent and a .331 hitting efficiency. Arkas Spor is leading the league with a 10-0 record. Istanbul BBSK is in third at 7-3 and Halkbank is fifth at 6-4.
U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), a 2012 Olympian, scored 19 points on Dec. 16 as his Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan took down league-leading Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, 15-25, 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12. Anderson scored on 18 attacks (64.3 kill percent, .607 hitting efficiency) and one ace. He was credited with 26 receptions, 35 percent positive. Kazan is in second place in the league with a 10-1 record. Novosibirsk remains in first place with a worse record (9-2) but more points (28 as compared with Kazan’s 25).
U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), a 2012 Olympian, and his French league team Tours, are now 11-0 after defeating Nantes Reze, 25-12, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23 on Dec. 15. Smith scored on six attacks (60.0 kill percent, .600 hitting efficiency) and four blocks.
AS Cannes, the French league team of U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) defeated Sete, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22 on Dec. 15. Tarr scored 13 points on 10 attacks and three blocks. He was also credited with 12 receptions, 92 percent positive. Rawson added nine points on four attacks (66.7 kill percent, .500 hitting efficiency), two blocks and three aces.
U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led all scorers with 25 points as his French team Montpellier defeated Chaumont, 23-25, 25-14, 17-25, 25-17, 30-28. Clark scored on 20 attacks (52.6 kill percent, .474 hitting efficiency), four blocks and one ace.
U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and his French team Toulouse fell to Avignon, 25-23, 25-21, 29-31, 25-15 on Dec. 15. Hein scored 10 points on eight attacks and two blocks.
In France’s B league, AS Orange Nassau, including U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and outside hitters Damien Scott (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) defeated Calais, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 on Dec. 15. Vance finished with 11 points on 10 attacks (52.6 kill percent, .545 hitting efficiency) and one block. Scott added seven points on five kills and two blocks. Watten was credited with 14 receptions that were 100 percent positive.
U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), a 2004 and ’12 Olympian, and his Argentina league team Drean Bolívar went 2-0 over the past week. On Dec. 15, Bolívar defeated UNTREF Voley, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21. Suxho scored five points on two attacks, two blocks and one ace. He also set the team to a 51.4 kill percent and a .444 hitting efficiency. On Dec. 17, Bolívar beat Boca Río Uruguay Seguros, 26-24, 25-20, 25-19. Suxho scored five points on five attacks and set his team to a 60.8 kill percent and a .557 hitting efficiency.
U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and his Puerto Rico league team Plataneros de Corozal have advanced to the playoff semifinals following a 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 victory on Dec. 17 over Changos de Naranjito. Patak led his team in scoring with 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace. Corozal will begin the semifinals on Wednesday (Dec. 19) against Capitanes de Arecibo.
U.S. opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.), a 2008 Olympian and Patriotas de Lares are done for the season. They finished with a 25-22, 28-26, 25-16 loss to Mets de Guaynabo on Dec. 13. McKienzie led his team with 14 points on 14 kills. Guaynabo will play Indios de Mayagüez in the other semifinal. U.S. player Jeff Ptak (Hamburg, N.Y.) plays for Mayagüez.
To view photos from Puerto Rico league matches, click here.
The Berlin Recycling Volleys, including U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), a 2008 Olympian, and setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), defeated Generali Haching, 21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-12 on Dec. 16. Touzinsky started the first two sets and played as a substitute, scoring one point on one kill. He was credited with nine receptions, 78 percent positive. Shoji started the first three sets and scored one point on one attack. He also helped set the team to a 51.9 kill percent and a .407 hitting efficiency. The Recycling Volleys are leading the German league.
In Italy’s Serie A league, U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza defeated Marmi Lanza Verona, 25-21, 25-18, 26-24 on Dec. 16. Holt scored eight points on six kills (60.0 kill percent, .600 hitting efficiency), one block and one ace.
U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) led his team with 18 points as his team Andreoli Latina fell to Casa Modena, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24, 25-18 on Dec. 16. Troy started all four sets and scored on 16 attacks, one block and one ace.
U.S. outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte fell to U.S. setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Altotevere San Giustino, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 on Dec. 16. Menzel played as a substitute and scored one point. McKibbin started all three sets and scored four points on two kills, one block and one ace. He also set the team to a 63.0 kill percent and a .562 hitting efficiency.
At the end of the first half of the season, Piacenza is in third place at 7-4. Latina is in seventh place at 6-5. San Giustino is ninth at 3-8 and Castellana Grotte is 10th at 3-8.
In Italy’s Serie B league, U.S. outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) and Sieco Service Ortona fell to Globo Banca Popolare Del Frusinate Sora, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 on Dec. 16. Muagututia scored eight points on eight attacks. He was also credited with 24 receptions, 54 percent positive.
CEV CHALLENGE CUP
Max Holt and Italy’s Copra Elior Piacenza defeated visiting Estonia’s Selver Tallinn for a second time in the round of 16, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 on Dec. 13. Piacenza will play Bulgaria’s CVC Gabrovo in the next round in January.