U.S. Men's National Team Update - Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 09, 2009, 5:57 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800       
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2009) – U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his Italian team Trenkwalder Modena have started the new year out well and won their first matches in the Serie A League.

On Jan. 3, Lee scored two points on one block and one kill as Modena defeated host Antonveneta Padova, 3-1 (14-25, 25-17, 17-25, 23-25). On Jan. 6, host Modena defeated Marmi Lanza Verona, 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17). Lee had five points on three blocks and two kills.

Modena is in eighth place in the league with a record of 7-9. It is tied with Sisley Treviso, which it will host in its next match on Jan. 11.

Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and his Italian team Wayel Bologna have gone 1-1 so far this year in the Serie A2 league. On Jan. 3, Jablonsky scored seven points on six kills and one ace as visiting Bologna fell to Samgas Crema, 0-3 (25-18, 25-23, 25-16).

On Jan. 6, Bologna came back to defeat visiting Gherardi Cartoedit Tratos Città Di Castello, 3-2 (25-21, 14-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-11). Jablonsky scored 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace.


U.S. middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) scored 6.17 points on four kills, 1.17 blocks and one ace as his Greek team Olympiacos shut out league-leading Panathinaikos, 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-11) on Jan. 7 and handed the team its first loss of the season.

Olympiacos remains in second place in the league with a record of 10-2. Panathinaikos remains in first with a record of 11-1.

U.S. players Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and their Greek team PAOK defeated U.S. outside hitter Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) and MGS Apollon Kalamarias, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20) on Jan. 7. Lotman scored 15 points on 12 kills and three aces. Brunner had 12 points on nine kills and three blocks. Nielsen scored five points on four kills and one block.

PAOK is in ninth place in the league with a 4-8 record while MGS Apollon Kalamarias is in 10th place at 3-9.

Matt Denmark (Edmund, Okla.) and his team AO Finikas Sirou fell to GS Lamia 1-3 (22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25) on Jan. 7. Denmark was credited with 11.83 points on eight kills, 1.83 blocks and two aces. AO Finikas Sirou is in eighth place in the league with a 5-7 record.