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U.S. Men Top Argentina, Win Pool D at Worlds

Sept. 27, 2010, 6:43 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team won its first pool at the FIVB World Championships on Monday, defeating Argentina 3-1 (22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-20) in Reggio Calabria, Italy.

The U.S. Men won Pool D with a 3-0 record and will move on to Ancona to play the next round on Sept. 30-Oct. 2. U.S. Men will face Czech Republic (2-1), the second-place team from Pool E, on Sept. 30. They will face Cameroon (1-2), the third-place team from Pool C, on Oct. 1. Cameroon and Czech Republic will play each other on Oct. 2.

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) led the U.S. Men on Monday with 20 points on 16 kills (0.43 hitting percentage), three blocks and one ace. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) had a slow start, but finished with 17 points on 14 kills (0.29 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace.

“It was a very difficult game,” Priddy said in an FIVB press release. “Argentina defended very well and put us under pressure with their fast attacks. It is a team that has a great coach and good players. We knew we had to fight each game from the beginning to the end if we wanted the victory.”

Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added 14 points on 13 kills (0.26 hitting percentage) and one block.

The U.S. Men’s hitting percentage was 0.36 (56 kills and 13 errors on 119 attempts). Argentina’s hitting percentage was 0.20 (57 kills and 31 errors on 128 attempts).

Team USA out-blocked Argentina 10-8 while Argentina had four aces while the U.S. was credited with two.

Argentina was a fast-paced team with a great ability to dig. Argentina finished with 43 digs and 19 errors on 71 attempts while the U.S. Men totaled 35 digs and 12 errors on 51 attempts. Argentina was also credited with 48 excellent receptions and two faults on 79 attempts. Team USA was credited with 37 excellent receptions and four faults on 75 attempts.

Federico Pereyra led Argentina with 19 points on 16 kills, one block and two aces. Facundo Conte, son of Argentina’s three-time Olympic volleyball player Hugo Conte, scored 15 points on 13 attacks and two blocks.

Among other U.S. players, middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with eight points on five attacks (0.36 hitting percentage) and three blocks. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) totaled eight points on eight kills (0.73 hitting percentage). Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored one point on a block.

Hansen was credited with 17 running sets on 92 attempts with no errors. A running set is defined as a set from a player that puts their hitter against one blocker or none.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 21 excellent receptions and one error on 40 attempts. He also led the United States in digs with nine and seven faults on 17 attempts.  

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Rooney and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Holt at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Outside hitters Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) played as substitutes.

In the first set, Argentina jumped out to a 4-0 lead and Knipe called timeout. Stanley came back with two straight kills to put Team USA on the board, but Argentina scored the next three points to lead 6-2. Holt scored with a couple blocks, but Argentina, relying on attacks by Conte and aces by Martin Blanco Costa and Luciano De Cecco still held an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout. Argentina was still leading by three at 13-10, getting points on four kills while the U.S. scored on a kill and ace from Priddy. Two straight Argentina hitting errors pulled the U.S. to within one at 13-12 and a Holmes ace tied it at 13s and led Argentina Head Coach Javier Weber to call timeout. However, coming out of the break Argentina made another hitting error and the U.S. took its first lead of the match at 14-13. A U.S. serving error and two more hitting errors by Argentina made the score 16-14 at the second TTO. With the U.S. still leading 17-15, Argentina scored three straight points on a U.S. serving error and two kills. The U.S. scored on Argentina’s serving error, but the South Americans came back with a kill and a block by Blanco Costa. Stanley’s attack connected, but Argentina got two straight points from Conte on a spike and a block and Argentina’s lead was 22-19. Knipe called timeout and Holmes responded with a kill, but it was too little, too late as Argentina reached set point on a block by Sebastian Sole. Holt held off the loss with a kill, but Argentina won the set on a U.S. service error.

Team USA took a 6-2 lead in the second set, scoring on two kills from Priddy and one by Stanley. Weber called timeout and Argentina came back with two straight kills by Federico Pereyra, but the United States led 8-5 at the first TTO. Team USA extended the lead to 10-5 on an Argentina hitting error and Priddy kill. Team USA continued to lead at the second TTO, 16-12. Although both teams were playing aggressively at the net, the U.S. seemed to have the set in hand with a 22-19 lead. But Argentina scored twice on an attack and block from Pereyra. Knipe called timeout and successfully iced the server, Sole, who committed an error. The United States reached set point at 24-21 on another Argentina error. But Argentina held off set point for the first time on a kill by Lucas Ocampo. Two straight Pereyra aces tied the score at 24-24. The U.S. took its fourth set point on a Stanley strike. But a U.S. serving error tied the score again. Priddy gave the U.S. its fifth set point at 26-25 when Priddy tooled Argentina’s block. Argentina was called for a net violation and the United States took the victory.

The teams stayed somewhat even in third set, with Argentina holding an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. scored on kills by Holmes, Rooney, Priddy and Stanley. Conte and Quiroga continued to lead Argentina at the net. Coming out of the break, Team USA scored on quick attacks by Stanley and Holmes to tie the score and the two teams exchanged points until Argentina led 10-9. Team USA scored three straight points on two Argentina errors and a Holt block to lead 12-10. Argentina tied the score with a block and a kill by Pereyra that came of a set from out of bounds on the U.S. side of the net. A Rooney quick kill put the U.S. ahead 13-12. But Argentina scored the next four points on three kills and a block to lead 16-13 at the second TTO. Team USA came out of the break and scored two straight points on a Holt quick kill and Argentina error. Quiroga responded with a kill, but the U.S. scored twice more on a Priddy kill and Stanley block to tie the score at 17-17. The teams traded points until Argentina led 20-19. A Rooney block and Stanley ace gave Team USA a 21-20 lead. Weber called timeout, but Argentina’s attack error put the United States ahead 22-20. After another timeout, Argentina scored when Conte tooled the U.S. block, but then gave the U.S. a point on a service error. Argentina scored one more time on a Pereyra kill, but Priddy gave the U.S. set point with a kill and ended the set by blocking Pereyra.

The fourth set was again close as the U.S. Men held an 8-7 lead at the first TTO. But it was clear that the U.S. was firing on all cylinders, scoring two kills from Rooney, two from Stanley, one from Priddy and a Holmes block. The U.S. extended the lead to 12-10, but Argentina tied the score on two straight quick attacks by Quiroga and Conte. Argentina’s hitting error gave the U.S. the lead and a Stanley attack made it two. Weber called timeout and the U.S. had a service error, but Argentina never caught up. Team USA led 16-13 at the second TTO. With the U.S. leading 18-16, Stanley and Priddy each came up with a block, followed by yet another Argentina attack error and put the set and the match out of reach.

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

U.S. Roster for Sept. 27
(12 players are chosen from the 14-man roster prior to each match)

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)
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 L Schedule and Results (All times PT)
Sept. 30: USA vs. Czech Republic, 8 a.m.
Oct. 1: USA vs. Cameroon, noon
Oct. 2: Czech Republic vs. Cameroon, 8 a.m.

Pool D First Round Results
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