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Preliminary Roster for Men's World Championships

Sept. 02, 2010, 7:25 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 2, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team has announced its preliminary roster for the 2010 FIVB World Championships on Sept. 25-Oct. 10 in Italy.

Prior to the first match, the team will be cut to 14, including two liberos, with 12 being chosen for each match.

There are 17 players on the roster who were also on the preliminary roster for the 2010 FIVB World League. The two new players are setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.).

Among the players returning from the 2010 World League, where the U.S. Men finished second in their pool with an 8-4 record, are U.S. scoring leader and 2008 Olympic MVP and Olympic and World League gold medalist Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), who finished with a team-high 113 points (3.42 points per set) despite missing the first four matches. The opposite hitter also led the team in kills with 91 (2.76 points per set) and aces with 12 (0.24 per set).

Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), another 2008 Olympic gold medalist, was the United States’ second leading scorer at the 2010 World League with 106 points (2.16 points per set). He led the team in stuff blocks with 40 and was fourth best among all blockers in pool play.

Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), another player from the 2008 Olympic and World League championship team, was the team’s third-leading scorer with 104 points (3.15 points per set). Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), playing in his first complete World League after falling ill with pneumonia during the 2009 campaign, was fourth with 95 points (3.06 points per set).

Team captain and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), who was also a member of the 2008 Olympic and World League championship team, was the fifth leading scorer, even though he only played in the U.S. matches, with 51 points (3.0 points per set).

Seven other players on the roster are veterans of the team that won the 2008 Olympic gold medal as well as the 2008 FIVB World League title: Outside hitters Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.); middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah); setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.).

The other players on the World Championship preliminary roster who were also on the 2010 World League preliminary roster are outside hitters Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), middle blockers Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), setter Tyler Hildebrand (Mesa, Ariz.), opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and libero Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.).

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will lead the team, assisted by Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calf.) and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.). U.S. Men’s Technical Coordinator Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and athletic trainer Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa) will also travel with the team.

Greg Vernovage will serve as the team’s manager. Andrew Gregory and Keith Feder will be the team doctors.

The U.S. Men begin World Championship competition with the first round of pool play in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on Sept. 25 against Mexico at noon PT. On Sept. 26, they will play Venezuela at noon PT and on Sept. 27, the will play Argentina at noon PT. Their results in the first round will determine where the team goes next.

To reach the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship page, click here.

2010 FIVB World Championships Preliminary Roster

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)
7 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
11 Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-5, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
12 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Greg Vernovage
Assistant Coach:
Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Technical Coordinator:
Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Team Doctors: Andrew Gregory and Keith Feder
Medical Support:
Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)