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U.S. Men Need 5 Sets to Defeat France

June 15, 2013, 7:33 p.m. (ET)

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TULSA, Okla. (June 14, 2013) – Needing two more sets than it did on Friday, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team nevertheless took its third victory of the 2013 FIVB World League, beating France, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9 on Saturday at the Tulsa Convention Center Arena.

The United States improved its record in Pool A to 3-1. France departs the United States still looking for its first World League victory at 0-4.

The U.S. Men will return to World League action on June 28-29 against Bulgaria in Reno, Nev. (BUY TICKETS).

A feisty French team played a much tougher match on Saturday than it did on Friday when the U.S. Men won 3-0. The U.S. led in kills (81-59) and in aces (5-3) and the teams were tied in blocks (10-10). France scored 38 points on U.S. team errors while being charged with only 20.

“I give a lot of credit to the French team,” U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) said. “They came ready to fight and they were a completely different team than last night and we expected that.”

Lotman, who was named Player of the Match, and teammate Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) each scored 21 points for the United States.

Lotman, who came in as a substitute in the second set, finished with 18 kills (66.7 kill percent, .518 hitting efficiency), two aces and one block. His most important play came in the fourth set with the U.S. down 2-1 in sets and 22-19 in points. After a U.S. timeout, Lotman scored with a kill and two straight aces to tie the score. The U.S. went on to reach set point first at 24-23 and eventually won the set at 30-28.

“I wasn’t going for aces, I was just trying to hit a good serve and give us a chance to score some points,” Lotman said. “I’m just happy we were able to pull out the fourth and fifth sets. I couldn’t be prouder of our team.”

Anderson totaled 18 kills and three blocks.

“I think the win was a nice team effort,” said U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.), who returned to the bench after taking Friday off for personal reasons. “We’ve had nice team efforts throughout World League with good contributions from off the bench and we saw that again tonight.”

Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) added 18 points on 14 kills (66.7 kill percent, .619 hitting efficiency), three blocks and one ace.

France was paced by Earvin Ngapeth, who led all scorers with 23 points on 18 attacks, three blocks and two aces. Mory Sidibe and Julien Lyneel each added 15.

Among other U.S. scorers, Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who started the first three sets at opposite, scored 11 points on nine kills and two aces. Setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) scored seven points on five attacks and two blocks. He also set the United States to a 52.6 kill percent and a .377 kill percent.

Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.), who started the final two sets, added five points on five attacks. Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), who started the fourth and fifth sets totaled five points on five kills.

Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who started the first two sets at outside hitter scored four points on four kills and Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), who started the first three sets at middle blocker, contributed four points on three kills and one block.

Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu) was credited with a match-high 18 digs and also 17 excellent receptions. Lotman led in receptions with 31 while Anderson had 30.

Speraw started Anderson and Ciarelli at outside hitter, Holmes and Smith at middle blocker, Clark at opposite, Kawika Shoji at setter and Erik Shoji at libero.

Lotman took over for Ciarelli during the second set and started the rest of the match. Troy started the fourth and fifth sets for Clark. Holt substituted for Holmes in the third set and started the rest of the match.

France took a 3-0 lead to open the first set on three straight U.S. errors. Two kills from Ngapeth and one by Lyneel helped it take an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO). Coming out of the break, the U.S. scored twice on kills from Kawika Shoji and Smith. But France answered with a quick kill by Le Roux. With France leading 13-12, the European side scored five straight points, including two kills from Lyneel and three U.S. errors to increase its lead to 18-12. Ciarelli and Holmes ended the run with a block and sparked a four-point U.S. run that pulled them to within one point at 18-17. With France leading 23-20, the U.S. put together a two-point run on a block by Anderson and Smith and kill from Ciarelli. France called timeout and the next U.S. serve went into the net. A block by Ngapeth gave France the 25-22 set win. Lyneel led France with seven points. Anderson scored six for the U.S. France scored 25 points on U.S. errors while committing 22.

France took a 6-2 lead in the first set, including an ace by Le Roux and kills from Moreau and Ngapeth. Speraw called timeout and brought in Lotman for Ciarelli. With France leading 7-3, Clark scored with a kill, then moved into the serve and opened with an ace. The U.S. got three more kills and another ace from Clark to take a 9-7 lead. With the U.S. leading 15-12, Hardy-Dessources scored on a kill and block and Ngapeth added an ace to tie the score at 15-15. A strike by Lotman gave the U.S. the 16-15 lead at the second TTO. Coming out of the break, Team USA scored on attacks by Holmes and Lotman to lead 18-15 and France called timeout. France pulled back to within one point at 20-19 and again at 22-21. A France violation and Lotman kill gave the U.S. set point and after a U.S. serving Smith ended the set with a kill as the U.S. won 25-22.

France led 8-6 at the first TTO of the third set, getting four points from Sidibe on a block and three kills. The teams battled back and forth, with France maintaining a two-point lead of 16-14 at the second TTO. Coming out of the break, France’s kill attempt flew long. The U.S. scored on a kill and block from Lotman to lead 19-18 and France called timeout. France tied the score with a block and the teams battled back and forth. France reached set point at 24-23 when a U.S. serve went out of bounds. Smith tied the score with a kill. France came back with two straight back-row attacks from Ngapeth to win the set 26-24.

The teams kept the score close to open the third set. With France leading 7-6, the U.S. scored twice on a Troy strike and Smith kill to lead 8-7 at the first TTO. Smith scored on a block coming out of the break to give the U.S. the 9-7 lead, which the North American side maintained, leading 16-13 at the second TTO. France came out of the break and scored on an Ngapeth kill and a block by Nicolas Le Goff. With the U.S. leading 17-15, Sidibe scored on two straight kills to tie the score. A U.S. hitting error gave France the lead at 18-17. France increased its lead to three at 22-19 when the United States called timeout and scored on a Lotman kill and two straight aces to tie the score at 22-22. Team USA reached set point first at 24-23, but Moreau fought it off with a kill. The United States reached set point four more times, with France fighting it each time. Finally, with the score tied 28-28, France’s serve went long giving the U.S. its sixth set point at 29-28. A block by Anderson and Holt gave the U.S. the 30-28 set win.

The teams were tied 5-5 in the tie-breaker when Anderson scored with a left-side strike and France hit its next kill attempt out of bounds. The U.S. scored on two more kills and an ace from Smith to lead 10-5. The U.S. reached match point at 14-8 on two straight Lotman kills. After a U.S. service error, it won the match on an Anderson kill.

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2013 U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team
12-Man Roster for FIVB World League on June 14-15 in Tulsa, Okla.

No. - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
6 - Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
9 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
10 - Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., Southern California)
11 - Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12 - Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
15 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-8, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 – Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18 - Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
20 - David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
22 - Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

Head Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Team Manager: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sealy (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Andrea Becker (Martinez, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Consultant Coach: Mike Wall (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Physiotherapist/Athletic trainer: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Technical Coordinator: Anton Willert (Berlin, Germany)
Doctor: Stephen Daquino  (San Diego, Calif.)

2013 U.S. Men’s World League Schedule
June 7: Argentina def. USA, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 26-24
June 8: USA def. Argentina, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-16
June 14: USA def. France, 25-15, 29-27, 25-16
June 15: USA def. France, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9
June 28-29: Bulgaria at USA, Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev. (7:30 p.m. PT both nights) BUY TICKETS
July 5: USA at Poland, Spodek in Katowice, Poland
July 7: USA at Poland, Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland
July 13-14: USA at Brazil, Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro

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