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U.S. Men Return to China for World League

July 03, 2009, 10:24 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 3, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team makes its first trip to China since the 2008 Olympic Games this weekend for two FIVB World League matches.

The team will be playing in Nanjing, not Beijing, and only six members of the team that won the gold medal last August are on the roster – Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.).

The matches will be played at 4:15 a.m. PT in the United States on July 4-5. Live scoring is available on the FIVB web site.

The U.S. Men swept China twice on June 26-27 in San Jose, Calif.

Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), who led the team in scoring on June 26 (11 points on nine kills and two blocks) and was second on June 27 (12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace) will not be with the team in China due to illness. He will be replaced by Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.).

The rest of the team from the past weekend remains largely the same, although the U.S. is only bringing 12 players to China instead of 14.

China will be looking to improve after going 1-5 in six straight matches on the road. The team has been led in scoring by Ping Chen, who is 27th among all World League players with 63 points on 58 kills, one block and four aces.

Rooney is leading the United States in scoring and is ninth among all players with 90 points on 82 kills, seven blocks and one ace.

Rooney is sixth among spikers with a success percentage of 52.9 (82/155) while China’s Jianjun Cui is seventh with a 52.04 success percentage (51/98).

In San Jose, the U.S. blocking and serving was especially effective against China. Lee leads Team USA in blocking and is third overall with 19 blocks in 50 attempts for an average of 0.86 per set.

Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) leads the U.S. Men in serving and is third overall with nine aces in 71 attempts for an average of 0.41 per set. Lee is seventh among all blockers with seven for an average of 0.32 per set.

Lambourne is third among all World League diggers with 66 in 93 attempts and an average of three per set.

World League Tickets: Tickets for the matches in Hoffman Estates, Ill., (July 10-11 against Italy) and Wichita, Kan., (July 17-18 against Netherlands) are on sale.

For Hoffman Estates tickets, click here.

For Wichita tickets, click here.

For more information on World League, please visit USA Volleyball’s World League web site at http://usavolleyball.org/event/event/573.

To visit the FIVB World League web site, click here.

2009 U.S. World League Roster for July 3-4

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)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 Andrew Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
10 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
13 Clay Stanley (Opp, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Hawai’i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe
Team Manager: Albert Gasparian
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Team Doctor: Russell Petrie
Medical Support: Aaron Brock

2009 FIVB World League Schedule and Results

Date: June 13-14
Opponent: Netherlands
Location: Rotterdam
June 13: Netherlands def. USA, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24)
June 14: USA def. Netherlands, 3-2 (25-16, 30-32, 25-17, 20-25, 15-6)

Date: June 19 and 21
Opponent: Italy
Location: Florence and Catania
June 19: USA def. Italy, 3-1 (25-21, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21)
June 20: USA def. Italy, 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20)

Date: June 26-27 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: China
Location: San Jose State University Event Center Arena in San Jose, Calif.
June 26: USA def. China, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21)
June 27: USA def. China, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22)

Date: July 4-5
Opponent: China
Location: Nanjing

Date: July 10-11 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Italy
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Date: July 17-18 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Netherlands
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Date: July 22-26
Event: Final Round (teams must qualify)
Opponents: TBD
Location: Belgrade, Serbia