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U.S. Men Fall to Russia to Open Final Round

July 06, 2011, 7:52 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team put up a fight, but in the end Russia, led by opposite Maxim Mikhaylov, was too tough and defeated the United States, 29-31, 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 on Wednesday in an FIVB World League Final Round match in Gdansk, Poland.

The U.S. Men (0-1) will play Brazil on Thursday (4:30 a.m. PT) in their second Pool F match of the Final Round. The Final Round matches are being shown live at The top two teams from both Pool F and Pool E will advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

After fighting their way back from set point in the first set at 24-22 to win 31-29, the United States struggled to score points in transition and its block could not stop Russia.

Russia, meanwhile, found its passing rhythm and went to a quicker offense.

In the fourth set, the U.S. led 18-15 and 21-19, but could not shut the door on Russia.

“Russia applied a lot of pressure on us,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “We had opportunities and point-scoring situations that we didn’t take advantage of throughout the match. And there were a few runs that we gave up on serve receive that ultimately we could not overcome.

“This team has shown a lot of character and resiliency throughout World League and I have a lot of faith that we will be able to do that again and play a better match tomorrow.”

Russia only led in kills 56-53, but out-blocked the United States 16-7, as Mikhaylov and Dimitriy Muserskiy each finished with five. Each team scored on five aces. Russia scored on 26 U.S. errors while the United States scored on 25 Russian miscues.

Mikhaylov led all scorers with 29 points on a match-high 21 kills, five blocks and a match-high three aces, including two straight in the fourth set.

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led the U.S. with 17 points on 14 kills, one block and two aces. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 15 points on a team-high 15 kills. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) had 10 kills and a team-high four blocks for 14 points.

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored nine points on eight kills and one block. Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) totaled seven points on five kills, one block and one ace and opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), who played as a serving substitute, scored on two aces and a kill.

The U.S. led in digs 91-72, led by Priddy and libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), who each had 18. Stanley and setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) each had 15. Thornton was credited with 35 assists.

Knipe started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite and Thornton at setter. Lambourne was the U.S. libero.

Patak and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) played as serving substitutes while middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) also played as a substitute.

The U.S. took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, scoring on two kills and an ace by Millar along with one each from Stanley, Anderson and Priddy. Russia scored on a kill from Mikhaylov, Taras Khtei and Denis Biriukov, but Russia was struggling with serve receive. Russia immediately tied the score after the break, scoring on blocks from Mikhaylov and Muserskiy. With the score tied 9-9, the U.S. Men used a kill from Lee and Millar’s block of Muserskiy to lead 11-9 and continued to lead at the second TTO, 16-14. But Russia scored on a U.S. hitting error after the break. Khtei took the serve and Russia tied the score on a U.S. net violation and Muserskiy. The U.S. called timeout, but Russia scored again on another Muserskiy block before Anderson ended the run with a kill off Mikhaylov’s face. But Russia scored twice more on straight kills by Mikhaylov to lead 20-17 and the U.S. called timeout again. Russia scored again with a Mikhaylov block before Stanley came back with a kill to cut the Russian lead to 21-18. Russia scored again with a kill, but the U.S. came back on Russia’s serving error and ace from Anderson to pull to within two at 22-20. Russia called timeout, but a Russian net violation make it 22-21 before the U.S. served out of bounds. Russia took set point at 24-22 on a kill by Mikhaylov, but Lee answered with a kill. Russia called timeout, but then hit the ball out of bounds. An ace by substitute server Patak that hit the net and dropped over gave the U.S. its first set point at 25-24. Russia’s Khtei fought it off with a kill and the U.S. hit out of bounds to give Russia the 26-25 edge. Lee answered with his fifth kill of the set to tie the score. The U.S. reached set point three more times on Russian serving or hitting errors, but Russia answered each time. Finally, with the score tied 29-29, Anderson got a kill off the block and the Russia hit the ball out of bounds to give the U.S. the 31-29 set victory. Anderson and Lee each had five points in the set for the U.S. The U.S. also had three aces while Russia had none. But Russia out-blocked the U.S. 4-1.

Russia cleaned up its passing and serving in the second set while using the quick set more and jumped out to a 6-2 lead and led 8-4 at the first TTO. The U.S. scored on kills from Stanley, Lee and Priddy. Russia still led by four at 14-10 when Russia scored on a Sergey Grankin tip and Khtei kill to lead 16-10 at the second TTO. Khtei scored with another kill after the break and Knipe called timeout. Anderson scored with a back-row quick, but the U.S. could not put together a run of points. Russia came back with a Muserskiy kill and Khtei block. Russia went on to win the set easily.

The U.S. offensive troubles continued in the third set as Russia took an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the third set. The U.S. scored on two Stanley attacks, two from Priddy and one from Lee while Mikhaylov scored two kills for Russia and Khtei had one. Russia still led by two at 11-9 when Khtei scored on a kill and Grankin won a joust to put Russia ahead 12-9. Knipe called timeout and Lee and Priddy combined on a block of Khtei to cut Russia’s lead to 13-9, but Khtei came right back with an attack. The teams traded points to the second TTO, where Russia led 16-12. With Russia leading 18-14, Lee scored on two straight blocks to pull the U.S. to within two. Mikhaylov kept Russia ahead with a kill. The U.S., who had substituted Patak for Thornton at server, was not allowed to put Thornton back in after not being quick enough with the substitution. Knipe called timeout, but instead of putting Thornton back in, he ran a play to Patak with Priddy at setter and Patak responded with a kill. Russia’s hitting error pulled the U.S. to within one at 19-18. Russia came back with a Biriukov kill and Mikhaylov block to increase the lead to three. Russia reached set point at 24-21 and a block by Biriukov won the set for Russia. Russia scored on seven U.S. errors in the set while committing only four.

The teams opened the fourth set even; with Russia taking an 8-7 lead at the first TTO on a block by Muserskiy. The U.S. scored on two kills by Millar, one from Lee and four Russian errors. After the break, the U.S. scored on another Russian serving error and kill from Anderson to lead 10-9. But then the U.S. served out of bounds and Mikhaylov moved into the serve for Russia. Alexander Volkov scored on a block and Mikhaylov followed with an ace to give Russia the 11-10 lead. Knipe called timeout, but Mikhaylov connected on a second ace. Anderson ended the run with an attack from the left and then an ace, but the U.S. trailed 13-12. With Russia leading 15-13, Priddy connected on a left-side attack and Patak was brought in to serve. Lee followed with a block to tie the score. A Stanley kill gave the U.S. a 16-15 lead at the second TTO and coming out of the break, Patak scored on an ace. Another Stanley kill gave the U.S. the 18-15 lead before Patak served out of bounds to end the run. Mikhaylov scored for Russia on a kill and block and Knipe called timeout. Russia’s next serve went in the net and an Anderson block put the U.S. back up by two at 20-18. Russia tied the score at 21-21. At 22-22, Mikhaylov scored with his third ace and a Volkov block gave Russia match point. The U.S. ended the match by setting the ball into the net.

2011 FIVB World League
12-Player Roster for July 6 in Gdansk, Poland
(12-player rosters for each match are announced shortly prior to the 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)
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)
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)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Therapist/Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

World League Final Round Schedule (All times PT)

Pool F
July 6: Russia def. USA, 29-31, 25-16, 25-21, 25-22
July 6 at 4:30 a.m.: Brazil vs. Cuba
July 7 at 2 a.m.: Cuba vs. Russia
July 7 at 4:30 a.m.: USA vs. Brazil
July 8 at 2 a.m.: USA vs. Cuba
July 8 at 4:30 a.m.: Brazil vs. Russia

Pool E
July 6 at 8:15 a.m.: Argentina vs. Italy
July 6 at 11 a.m.: Poland vs. Bulgaria
July 7 at 8:15 a.m.: Bulgaria vs. Argentina
July 7 at 11 a.m.: Italy vs. Poland
July 8 at 8:15 a.m.: Italy vs. Bulgaria
July 8 at 11 a.m.: Poland vs. Argentina

Pool A Standings
Team record (points)
1. Brazil 10-2 (30)
2. USA 8-4 (23)
3. Poland 6-6 (18)
4. Puerto Rico 0-12 (1)

U.S. Schedule and Results

Date: May 27-28
Opponent: Poland
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
Opponent: Brazil
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
Opponent: Poland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
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: June 24-25 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Brazil
Location: Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa (Okla.)
June 24: Brazil def. USA, 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19
June 25: USA def. Brazil, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23

Date: July 1-2 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
July 1: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-27, 25-22, 25-12, 25-27, 15-8
July 2: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-13, 25-22, 25-19