Men's Update: Anderson to Italy

By BJ Evans | March 17, 2015, 6:39 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 17, 2015) – U.S. opposite and outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) has confirmed on his web site that he will play for the Italian team Sir Safety Perugia this spring when he has completed competing in the CEV Champions League with Russia’s Zenit Kazan.

Matt Anderson
   Matt Anderson attacks Halkbank Ankara during the CEV Champions League.

“In respect to my current club here in Russia, I was waiting to make the announcement until after the CL final four,” Anderson said on the web site. “However someone has leaked to the press my going to Italy to play… I will be going to Perugia to compete in the (Italian league) playoffs. I still have not discussed next season (2016) and any rumor of anything happening next season, is only a rumor.”

The CEV Champions League finals will be played March 28-29 in Berlin (see below). Perugia was eliminated from the Champions League in the round of six. With two weeks left in the Italian league regular season, Perugia is in fifth place in the league with a 14-7 record.

U.S. outside hitter Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.), who, like Anderson, played at Penn State, is currently on Perugia’s roster.

CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

In the second part of the round of 6 at the CEV Champions League, two teams with U.S. players advanced to the final four.

Poland’s Asseco Resovia Rzeszow, including middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), needed to win two sets against Russia’s Lokomotiv Novosibirsk and middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) on March 11 to advance. Novosibirsk took a 1-0 lead, but then Rzeszow came back to win the next two sets to advance. Rzeszow took out some of its starters after that and Novosibirsk went on to win the match, 25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 17-15. Holmes scored six points of four kills, one block and one ace and Lotman, who started the fourth and fifth sets, added five points on five kills. Lee started the fourth and fifth sets for Novosibirsk and scored seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace.

Russia’s Zenit Kazan with outside hitter Matt Anderson also needed to win two sets against Turkey’s Halkbank Ankara to advance. The Russian team did so despite being down two sets to one. Kazan came back to win the fourth set before losing the match, 25-23, 17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 16-14. Anderson started the first four sets and finished with 18 points on 16 kills and two blocks. He was also credited with 30 receptions, 50 percent positive.

The Champions League Final will be hosted by Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys, which includes libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) and outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), They will play Anderson and Zenit Kazan in the semifinals at 9 a.m. PT on March 28. Watch it live at http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/zenit-kazan-berlin-recycling-volleys/309809.html.

Asseco Resovia Rzeszow, with Holmes and Lotman, will face Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow at noon PT. Watch it live at http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/asseco-resovia-rzeszow-pge-skra-belchatow/309812.html.

The third-place match will be played at 5 a.m. PT on March 29. Watch it live at http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/final-four-3rd-place-match/309814.html. The final will follow at 7:45 a.m. Watch it live at http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/final-four-final/309820.html

WORLD LEAGUE

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team, the 2014 FIVB World League champion, will begin defense of the title in Southern California and Hoffman Estates, Ill., this summer.
USA Volleyball will host Iran at the Galen Center in Los Angeles (May 30-31), Russia at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. (June 5-6), and Poland at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 12-13).

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CEV CUP

Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Russia’s Dinamo Moscow advanced to the final four of the CEV Cup after winning two sets against Turkey’s Fenerbahce SK Istanbul on March 11. Istanbul won the match 25-22, 27-29, 28-26, 19-25, 16-14. Holt scored 12 points on eight kills, three blocks and one ace. Moscow will play Volley behappy2 Asse-Lennik in the semifinals on March 24 and 28.

GERMANY

In the first match of the best-of-three quarterfinals of the Germany league playoffs, middle blocker Nick Vogel (San Diego, Calif.)and Friedrichshafen defeated setter B.J. Boldog and CV Mitteldeutschland, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15 on March 15. Vogel scored four points on one kill and three blocks. Boldog played as a substitute in the second set and started the third.

The Berlin Recycling Volleys beat Netzhoppers KW-Bestensee, 25-19, 25-16, 25-13 on March 14. Scott Touzinsky scored seven points on five kills and two aces and was credited with 10 receptions, 70 percent excellent. Erik Shoji was credited with 15 receptions, 73 percent excellent. Kawika Shoji scored one point with a block and also set the team to a .590 hitting efficiency.

Middle blocker Scott Kevorken and Lüneburg fell to Bühl, 25-21, 25-21, 31-33, 25-20 on March 14. Kevorken scored nine points on seven kills and two blocks.

POLAND

U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and his Polish team Lotos Trefl Gdansk are now 1-1 with PGE Skra Bełchatów in the playoff semifinals after falling to Bełchatów, 25-18, 16-25, 28-26, 25-22 on March 14. Troy led all scorers with 21 points on 21 kills. The series is best-of-five.

Russell Holmes and Paul Lotman played as substitutes as Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated Jastrzebski Wegiel, 32-34, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 on March 17. Rzeszów leads the best-of-five playoff series 2-0.

U.S. libero AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) and Transfer Bydgoszcz, playing for fifth-12th place in the Polish PlusLiga, advanced to the semifinals for fifth-eighth place after defeating MKS Banimex Bedzin on March 14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16. Nally was credited with 17 receptions, 47 percent positive. Bydgoszcz will play AZS Politechnika Warszawska in the next round.

RUSSIA

Max Holt and Dinamo Moscow have advanced to the semifinals of the league playoffs after going 2-0 against Gubernya Nizhny Novgorod in the quarterfinals. On March 15, Moscow defeated Novgorod, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17. Holt scored nine points on six kills and three blocks. Moscow will play Zenit Kazan in the semifinals.

David Lee and Novosibirsk will play for fifth-eighth place after going 0-2 against Gazprom Yugra Surgut. Lee started the first set of the first match, a 25-16, 27-25, 25-16 loss. He scored two points on two kills. He played as a substitute in the second match, which was also a 3-0 loss. Novosibirsk will play Kuzbass Kemerovo in the fifth-eighth place bracket.

ITALY

Setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) and his Italian team CMC Ravenna defeated outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Calzedonia Verona, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 on March 15. McKibbin played as a substitute. Sander started the first two sets and scored nine points on nine kills. He was credited with 18 receptions, 50 percent positive.

Joe Sunder played as a substitute as Sir Safety Perugia fell to Cucine Lube Banca Marche Treia, 27-25, 25-21, 25-22 on March 15.

FRANCE

Middle blockers David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) and their French team Tours beat Toulouse, 25-22, 26-28, 25-17, 25-18 on March 14. Smith scored 14 points on seven kills, a match-high six blocks and one ace. McDonnell added 11 points on six kills, four blocks and one ace.

Libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and Ajaccio defeated Beauvais, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 on March 14. Watten was credited with 29 receptions, 83 percent positive.

GREECE

U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Olympiakos fell to PAOK in the finals of the Greek Cup, 25-23, 26-28, 25-22, 25-22 on March 15. Clark scored 15 points on 13 kills, one block and one ace.