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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 8, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will play its fifth match against Russia this season on Saturday to determine who places fifth at the FIVB World Championship in Modena, Italy.

The U.S. Men (6-2 overall) advanced to the fifth-place match with a 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Germany (3-5) before a crowd of 3,400 at the Palapanini on Friday in Modena. Russia (6-2) defeated Bulgaria (4-4) in Friday’s other match.

On Saturday, Bulgaria and Germany will play at 8 a.m. PT while Russia and the United States will play at noon.

The U.S. Men played Russia four times this summer and went 1-3 during pool play of the FIVB World League. Russia won the pool and went on to play in the World League Final Round, where it lost to Brazil in the final.

No matter who wins on Saturday, the U.S. Men will have their best World Championship finish since 1994, when they placed third.

Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the U.S. Men on Friday with 14 points on nine kills (0.25 hitting percentage), three blocks and a match-high two aces. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) added 12 points on nine kills (0.31 hitting percentage) and three blocks. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) had nine points on three kills (0.75 hitting percentage), a match-high five blocks and one ace.

Setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) made his first official start for the U.S. Men’s National Team and played the entire match.

"It was an important match for us and a good experience for our young setter Winder playing against an experienced team," said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in an FIVB release. "And that goes also for our outside hitter Paul Lotman. We still need to improve in a lot parts of our game but the blocking made up for our shortcomings."

As a team, the U.S. hitting percentage was 0.29 on 34 kills and 11 errors on 79 attempts. Germany’s hitting percentage was 0.26 on 44 kills and 20 errors on 91 attempts. The U.S. Men out-blocked Germany 15-6. The U.S. Men also had four aces while Germany had none and was hurt by 14 service errors as opposed to eight for the U.S. Men. The U.S. Men benefitted from 22 German team errors while committing 15.

Germany’s Jochen Schops led all scorers with 18 points on a match-high 18 kills. Robert Kromm added 15 points on 14 kills and one block.

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) totaled eight points on seven kills (0.23 hitting percentage) and one block. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored five points on two kills, two blocks and one ace.

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), who played as a substitute, scored four points on three kills and one block and Winder scored one point on a kill.

Rooney led the team in "excellent" receptions with 13 and no faults on 19 attempts. Lotman added 11 excellent receptions and no faults on 14 attempts. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) had eight excellents and no faults on 12 attempts.

Stanley led the team in digs with six and two faults on eight attempts. Lambourne also had six digs and six faults on 13 attempts.

Winder was credited with nine running sets and no faults on 64 attempts. A running set is defined as a set from a player that puts their hitter against one blocker or none.

Knipe started Rooney and Lotman at outside hitter, Lee and Holmes at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Winder at setter and Lambourne at libero. Priddy played in the first and third sets as a substitute.

Team USA took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, scoring on two kills from Lotman, a block and kill from Holmes, a Rooney kill and blocks by Lee and Stanley. However Germany quickly tied the score on a U.S. service error and a block by Christian Dunnes. The U.S. took a 9-8 lead on Germany’s service error, but Germany scored the next three points with kills by Schops and Kromm and another Dunnes  block to go up 11-9. Germany was leading 12-10 when the U.S. tied it on Germany’s service error, a block by Lee and a kill from Stanley. Germany held a slim 16-15 edge at the second TTO, but Rooney immediately tied it again with a kill. A German hitting error and Rooney block gave Team USA the 18-16 lead. Germany came back with three straight points including two kills and a rotation error on the U.S. Knipe called timeout and Stanley got a kill to tie the score at 19-19. With the teams tied at 20-20, Knipe brought in Priddy for Rooney. With the teams still tied at 21-21, Stanley got a kill to put the U.S. ahead. Germany called timeout, but Team USA came back with a block by Lee followed by a Lotman strike to reach set point. Germany scored on a Schops kill, but the U.S. responded with a block by Priddy to take the set.

Carrying over the momentum, the U.S. jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, scoring two straight points on Stanley aces. Germany called timeout and came back with a Schops kill. But the U.S. Men kept scoring, including kills by Stanley and Rooney and two from Lotman, to lead 8-4 at the second TTO. Germany scored two straight points on a kill and U.S. hitting error to pull to within two at 8-6. Later, with the U.S. ahead 10-7, Germany scored with a kill and block to pull to within one at 10-9. Lee got the serve on a U.S. block and helped the U.S. score the next three points, including an ace and a block from Stanley, to give the U.S.  Men a comfortable 14-9 lead. The U.S. led 16-11 at the second TTO and scored three more points, including kills from Lotman and Winder, behind Rooney’s serve to lead 19-11. Germany came back with a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 19-14. The teams exchanged points until the U.S. led 21-15. Kromm’s kill sparked a 3-0 run that pulled Germany to within three at 21-18. But a serving violation ended the run. The teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 23-20. A Holmes kill gave the U.S. set point and Stanley followed with a kill for the set victory.

The third set started close with Germany holding an 8-7 edge at the first TTO. The U.S. scored on a Rooney kill and Lotman block along with two kills and a block from Lee, but was hurt by five team errors. Germany came out of the break and scored three straight points, including kills by Schops and Kromm, to lead 11-7. Knipe called timeout and replaced Rooney with Priddy. The U.S. scored on Germany’s serving and hitting errors to pull back to within two at 11-9. Germany responded with a kill from Kromm and two spikes by Schops to lead 14-9.  Team USA again scored twice on a Stanley kill and Priddy block to cut the lead to 14-11. Nevertheless, German led 16-12 at the second TTO. Team USA came out of the break and scored three straight points on Lotman’s kill, Germany’s hitting error and a Lee block to pull to within one behind Holmes’ serve. Germany called timeout, but Holmes scored with an ace to tie the score at 16-16 and Germany’s hitting error put the U.S. ahead 17-16. A kill by Germany’s Bjorn Andre tied the score, but a Stanley attack and Lotman block gave the U.S. Men the lead at 19-17. The teams traded points until the U.S. led 22-20. Germany tied the score on a U.S. setting error and kill by Schops. Knipe called timeout and the U.S. responded with a Stanley attack and block by Holmes to reach match point. Schops had one more kill for Germany, but a final kill from Stanley gave the U.S. the victory.

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

U.S. Roster for Oct. 8
(Each team can bring up to 14 players. Prior to each match, 12 players are chosen to play)

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
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)
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)

Classification 5-8 Schedule (in Modena; all times PT) and Results
Oct. 9: Russia def. Bulgaria, 25-20, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23
Oct. 9: USA def. Germany, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23
Oct. 10: Match 1 loser vs. Match 2 loser, 8 a.m.
Oct. 10: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, noon

Pool O Results (Rome)
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: Italy def France, 25-18, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19

Pool O Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio
1. ITA (2-0) 4; 1.067
2. USA (1-1) 3; 1.179
3. FRA (0-2) 2; 0.783

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