U.S. Men's Update: Priddy's Comeback

Nov. 18, 2014, 12:03 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Not much has been heard from U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy since he tore his ACL during the first weekend of the 2014 FIVB World League.

While playing in Bulgaria, Priddy (Richmond, Va.) landed awkwardly and ended his season early.

The injury forced the 36-year-old, three-time Olympian to re-evaluate his commitment to the sport.

“I think initially, as soon as the injury happened, it was sort of a, ‘Let’s check my motivation. Let’s check the future,’ ” he said in a new video interview. “The motivation was still there.”

Priddy has been rehabilitating at the American Sports Centers with U.S. Men’s athletic trainer Aaron Brock and plans to train and compete again with Team USA in 2015 as it begins the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

View the full video interview with Priddy above.

BABY MAKES THREE

Congratulations to U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and wife Valerie on the birth of their first child, a son named Coleman.

POLAND

Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, the Plus Liga team of Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), improved to 10-0 with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Transfer Bydgoszcz, with U.S. player AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.),  on Nov. 15.

Holmes played all three sets and scored 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace. Nally played outside hitter for Bydgoszcz and started the first two sets, scoring five points on five attacks. Lotman did not play in the match.

Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and his Polish team LOTOS Trefl Gdańsk are 8-2. On Nov. 16, Gdańsk fell to PGE Skra Bełchatów, 29-27, 25-19, 28-30, 19-25, 16-14. Troy led all scorers with 28 points on 20 kills, a match-high six blocks and two aces.

GERMANY

The Berlin Recycling Volleys, which include brothers Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji, both of Honolulu, Hawaii, along with outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), who serves as captain, are 5-1 in the German league.

On Nov. 15, Berlin defeated Herrsching, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18. Touzinsky started the first two sets and scored six points on six kills. He was also credited with eight receptions, 100 percent positive. Kawika Shoji started all four sets and scored one points on an ace. At setter, he helped Berlin to a .423 hitting efficiency. Erik Shoji started all four sets at libero and was credited with 17 receptions, 82 percent positive.

Middle blocker Scott Kevorken (Westlake Village, Calif.) and SVG Lüneburg are 3-2 after a victory on Nov. 15 over Coburg, 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20. Kevorken scored eight points on seven kills and one ace.

Setter B.J. Boldog (Palatine, Ill.) started all four sets for CV Mitteldeutschland in a 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 37-35 loss to TV Ingersoll Buhl on Nov. 15. Boldog scored six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace and set his team to a .397 hitting efficiency.

RUSSIA

Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Dinamo Moscow are 8-1 thus far. On Nov. 15, Moscow defeated Neftanik Orenburg, 25-21, 31-29, 27-25. Holt started the first two sets and scored three points on two kills and one block.

ITALY

Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Calzedonia Verona are 2-4. On Nov. 16 Verona fell to Top Volley Latina, 25-22, 25-15, 25-27, 25-22. Sander started the first two sets and scored five points on five kills.

FRANCE

Middle blockers David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) and their French volleyball club team Tours is 4-3 after a 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 loss to Sete on Nov. 15. Smith scored four points on four attacks. McDonnell started the third set and scored one point on one kill. U.S. outside hitter Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) is with Sete, but did not play in the match.

U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and his French team Ajaccio are 5-1 in the French A league. On Nov. 14, Ajaccio defeated Tourcoing, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20. Watten was credited with 26 receptions, 96 percent positive.

Opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his team Rennes are 5-1 in the French B league. On Nov. 15, Rennes defeated Maxeville Nancy, 28-26, 25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 15-10. Billings led all scorers with 30 points on 23 kills and a match-high six blocks.

GREECE

Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Olympiacos SFP Piraeus are 4-0 in the Hellenic league. On Nov. 15, Olympiacos defeated Alexandropouli, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12. Clark started three sets and scored seven points on five kills, one block and one ace.

Brothers Riley McKibbin and Maddison McKibbin, both from Honolulu, Hawaii, are both playing for GS Lamia in the Hellenic League. On Nov. 15, Lamia fell to Orestiada, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 26-24. Maddison McKibbin scored 13 points 11 kills and two blocks. Riley McKibbin did not score, but set his team to a .390 hitting efficiency.