COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 24, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will leave Bulgaria with a 2-0 record in the FIVB World League after defeating the European side for a second night, 19-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-17 on Saturday at the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna.
|Max Holt, Matt Anderson, Kawika Shoji and Sean Rooney celebrate.|
The U.S. Men, ranked No. 4 in the world, will have next weekend off before hosting No. 2 Russia on June 6-7 at the Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
“Two very difficult matches in this challenging environment and good for us to have this second consecutive win,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Los Angeles) said. “We didn’t have much training together and hope that we can clean the things for the future.”
The U.S. Men led Bulgaria in kills (46-39), blocks (14-6) and aces (5-2) while the Europeans led in digs (35-24). Bulgaria scored 42 points on U.S. errors while Team USA took advantage of 31 miscues by Bulgaria.
“The USA played better in attack and service than us,” Bulgaria Head Coach Camillo Placi said. “Coming to this match, we knew it would be harder than the first match. The key moment of this match was obviously the 3rd set that we could have won but it didn’t happen unfortunately. USA were better organized in defense, it has always been the case historically.”
Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), playing at opposite for the U.S. Men, led all scorers with 20 points on a match-high 18 points and two blocks. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), who left the match in the fourth set after an apparent injury, added 13 points on three kills, four blocks and a match-high three aces.
Outside hitter Taylor Sander (Honolulu) scored 12 points on 10 attacks, one block and one ace. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored 11 points on seven kills and four blocks. Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati) contributed seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace.
The U.S. Men held Bulgaria opposite Tsvetan Sokolov to 15 points on 13 attacks and two blocks.
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Setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu), who took over for Micah Christenson (Honolulu) in the second set, scored two points on a block and an ace. He was credited with 18 running sets and no faults while Christenson had 12 running sets and one fault.
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Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), who took over for Priddy in the fourth set, scored one point with a kill. Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu) was credited with six digs and 12 excellent receptions. Anderson also had six digs and Priddy also had 12 excellent receptions.
Speraw started Priddy and Sander at outside hitter, Lee and Holt at middle blocker, Anderson at opposite, Christenson at setter and Erik Shoji at libero. Kawika Shoji took over for Christenson in the second set and started the rest of the match. Rooney replaced Priddy in the fourth. Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) played as substitutes.
U.S. World League Roster
May 23-24 in Varna, Bulgaria
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2. Sean Rooney (OH, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3. Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
4. David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
8. Reid Priddy (OH, 6-4, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
11. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
15. Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
Head Coach: John Speraw
Team Manager: Andrea Becker
Assistant Coaches: Matt Fuerbringer and Mike Wall
Technical Coordinator: Anton Willert
Consultant Coach: Erik Sullivan and Mike Sealy
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
Team Doctor: William Stetson
U.S. Men’s Schedule for the 2014 FIVB World League
May 24: USA def Bulgaria, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 15-12
May 25: USA def Bulgaria, 19-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-17
June 6-7: Russia at U.S. Men at Long Beach, Calif. (Walter Pryamid)
Tickets: longbeachstate.com/WL, Phone: 562-985-4949
June 13-14: Serbia at U.S. Men in Chicago (UIC Pavilion)
Tickets: ticketmaster.com, Phone: 800-745-3000
June 20-21: Bulgaria at U.S. Men in Hoffman Estates (Sears Centre Arena)
Tickets: searscentre.com, Phone: 888-SEARS-TIX
June 27-28: U.S. Men at Kaliningrad, Russia (Yantarny)
July 4: U.S. Men at Novi Sad, Serbia (SPC Vojvodina)
July 6: U.S. Men at Beograd, Serbia (Hala Pionir)
Final Round (must qualify): July 16-20 in Florence, Italy