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U.S. Men Among Final 12 Teams at Worlds

Oct. 03, 2010, 2:29 a.m. (ET)

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

For the U.S. Men's 2010 World Championships Media Guide, click here.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 2, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team is one of the final 12 team still playing at the FIVB World Championship and will travel to Rome on Sunday to play in a three-team pool with France and host Italy.

After the U.S. Men finished 1-1 in Pool L, they had to wait for the results of Saturday’s match between Czech Republic and Cameroon to find out for sure if they would advance. Czech Republic swept the Africans, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 on Saturday to win the pool with a 2-0 record. Cameroon was eliminated from the tournament as the third-place team in pool.

However, there will be no more eliminations as the final 12 teams, which have been broken into four pools of three, will play to the end of the tournament. The United States will open in Pool O on Monday (Oct. 4) against France at 8 a.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. in Italy). It will face host Italy on Tuesday (Oct. 5) at noon PT.  Italy and France will play each other on Wednesday at noon PT.

The team that wins the pool will stay in Rome and play in the World Championship semifinals with the other three pool-winning teams. The second-place team will travel to Modena to play against the other second-place teams for fifth-eighth place. The third-place team till go to Florence to play for ninth-12th place against the other third-place teams.

The U.S. Men are being led in scoring by opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), who has 93 points on 72 kills, seven blocks and 14 aces. He is fifth among all scorers and his 14 aces put him second among all servers.  U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) is eighth among all diggers with 43 for an average of 2.15 per set. Lambourne is fourth among all liberos with 116 “excellents” and 24 faults on 186 attempts.

France has a 4-1 record at the World Championship and advanced as the second-place team out of Pool M where it beat Japan (25-19, 25-22, 25-23), but fell to Argentina, 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-14, 25-19). France went undefeated in its opening pool, defeating Czech Republic (25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-10), China (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) and Bulgaria (25-22 23-25 25-17 28-30 19-17).

France’s leading scorer at the World Championship has been outside hitter Antonin Rouzier (6 feet, 7 inches), who is eighth among all scorers overall. Rouzier has 88 points on 75 kills, eight blocks and five aces. Following Rouzier are outside hitter Earvin Ngapeth (6-3) and opposite Nicolas Marechal (6-6) who each have 47 points.

Philippe Blain has coached France since 2001.

The last time the United States faced Poland was in the 2007 World League. The U.S. Men went 2-2 against France in pool play and then swept it in the first match of the Final Round. Team USA has a 36-16 record against France since 1981.

Italy has a 5-0 record at Worlds and advanced as the first-place team out of Pool G where it defeated Germany (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18) and Puerto Rico (25-22, 25-16, 18-25, 25-21).

In its opening pool, Italy topped Japan (25-2, 25-16, 25-14), Egypt (25-20, 25-17, 25-23) and Iran (25-21, 25-10, 21-25, 26-28, 15-13).

Italy has been led in scoring at Worlds by opposite Alessandro Fei (6-8), who has 61 points on 49 kills, 10 blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Simone Paradi (6-5) has 58 points on 47 kills, 9 blocks and two aces. Parodi is 10th among all spikers with a success percentage of 54.65.

Italian middle blocker Luigi Mastrangelo (6-7) is third among all World Championship blockers with 17 for an average of 0.89.

The last time the United States faced Italy, which is coached by Andrea Anastasi , was in the 2009 World League where the U.S. Men went 3-1 against Italy in pool play. However Italy leads the overall series with the United States with a record of 23-38 since 1981.

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

2010 FIVB World Championship
Sept. 25-Oct. 10 in Italy

U.S. Roster
(Each team can bring up to 14 players. Prior to each match, 12 players are chosen to play)

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)
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)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
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)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

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

Pool O Schedule (in Rome; all times PT)
Oct. 4: USA vs. France, 8 a.m.
Oct. 5: USA vs. Italy, noon
Oct. 6: France vs. Italy, noon

Pool L Results (Ancona)
Sept. 30: Czech Republic def. USA, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22
Oct. 1: USA def. Cameroon, 23-25, 25-14, 25-27, 25-20, 15-7
Oct. 2: Czech Republic def. Cameroon, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17

Pool L Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio

1. Czech Republic (2-0) 4; 1.304
2. USA (1-1) 3; 1.048
3. Cameroon (0-2) 1; 0.771

Pool D First Round Results (Reggio Calabria)
Sept. 25: Argentina def. Venezuela, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18
Sept: 25: USA def. Mexico, 22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-11
Sept. 26: Argentina def. Mexico, 25-12, 25-19, 17-25, 25-15
Sept. 26: USA def. Venezuela, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19
Sept. 27: Mexico def. Venezuela, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20
Sept. 27: USA def. Argentina, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-20

Pool D Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio
1. USA (3-0) 6; 1.102
2. Argentina (2-1) 5; 1.136
3. Mexico (1-2) 4; 0.950
4. Venezuela (0-3) 3; 0.804