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U.S. Men Come Up Short Against Russia

June 05, 2010, 11:03 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 5, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team gave a much better performance on Saturday in its second 2010 FIVB World League match, but Russia still came out on top 3-1 (25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21) in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

After being swept by Russia on Friday, the U.S. Men fall to 0-2 in Pool C. Russia is 2-0. Team USA will travel to Tampere, Finland for its next two pool play matches on June 11-12. Russia will host Egypt.

"We played better today than we did yesterday and hopefully we’ll play even better in Finland next weekend where I expect another two tough games,” U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Calif.) said.

Outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) paced the U.S. Men with 18 points on 15 kills (0.55 attack percentage) and three blocks. Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), playing opposite, scored 16 points on 15 kills (0.44 attack percentage) and one block. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) totaled 12 points on eight kills (0.80 attack percentage) and four blocks.

“I am pleased that today we played better than yesterday,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “And I was also pleased with the fact that the team came back into the game after the first set even though we didn’t play so well. Hopefully we’ll be improving from weekend to weekend as our goal is to qualify for the final round.”

Russian opposite Maxim Mikhaylov led all scorers with 23 points on a match-high 19 kills (0.56 attack percentage), three blocks and one ace.

Russia led the U.S. Men in aces 3-1 and in blocks 13-12. Russia’s attack percentage was 0.51 (58 kills, 19 faults, 114 attempts) while the United States’ was 0.44 (50 kills, 22 faults, 114 attempts).

The U.S. was credited with 14 digs and three faults on 43 attempts. It had 13 excellent receptions and three faults on 83 attempts.

Among the other U.S. players, outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), who started for Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) in the second set and played the rest of the match, scored nine points on eight kills (0.42 attack percentage) and the United States’ only ace. Millar scored four points on two kills and two blocks. Rooney finished with three points on two kills and one block.

Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored one point on a block. He was credited with 20 running sets (assists) and two faults on 102 attempts.

Knipe started Rooney and Salmon at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Anderson at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Lotman started the second set for Rooney and played the rest of the match. Even Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) played as a serving substitute. Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) also played as a substitute.

In the first set, Russia opened up a 9-3 lead, scoring on two blocks, two kills and five U.S. errors. The U.S. points coming from one kill by Rooney and two from Anderson. A Salmon kill made the score 9-4, but Russia responded with a 5-1 run to increase its leave to 14-5. Rooney had two straight blocks of Mikhaylov and Taras Khtey ,but Russia scored twice on U.S. errors to reach the second technical timeout (TTO) with a 16-7 lead and a third straight U.S. error after the break gave it a 17-7 advantage. The teams traded points until the score was 20-11. Russia scored on an attack and a block to lead 23-11. With Russia leading 23-12, the U.S. Men scored twice on Russian errors. Russia reached match point on a kill by Dmitriy Muserskiy and won the match on a Khtey ace.

The U.S. Men led 8-7 at the first TTO of the second set, scoring on two kills from Salmon, a block and kill by Millar and a block by Lee as well as three Russian errors. An Anderson block of Khtey after the break gave the United States the 9-7 advantage. The two teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 12-10. Mikhaylov sparked a 5-0 Russia run with a kill. A Millar kill made it 15-13, but Russia got two straight points on U.S. errors to extend the lead. With Russia leading 19-16, Team USA pulled to within one point on a Russia serving error and attack from Anderson. But Russia came back with a kill and a block to lead 21-18. Russia reached set point at 24-21. A Lee kill held off the loss before Mikhaylov won the set for Russia with a final kill.

Team USA once again led 8-7 at the first TTO of the third set, scoring on three kills from Anderson, attacks by Lee and Millar and Lotman’s ace. After the break, the U.S. scored four straight points on a Russian error, a block and kill by Salmon and a Millar block. Mikhaylov ended the run with a kill, but the U.S. led 16-12 at the second TTO. With the U.S. leading 17-14, it committed two straight errors to allow Russia to pull to within on at 17-16. A Lee kill kept the U.S. ahead by two. Later, with the U.S. leading 20-18, Russia tied the score on a kill and an ace by Yury Berezhko. Knipe called timeout and the U.S. scored four straight points on a Lotman kill, Hansen block, Lee block and Anderson kill. Poltavskiy held off the set loss with a kill but Anderson attacked to win the set for the United States.

Russia stormed back in the fourth set, taking an 8-3 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. points came on kills from Lee and Salmon. Russia was leading 10-6 when Team USA went on a 5-1 run sparked by Anderson who contributed four kills while Salmon had a block. With the score tied at 11-11, Russia scored twice on two kills. The U.S. scored on kills by Salmon and Anderson but then allowed Russia to score twice on two errors. With Russia leading 19-17, it used a 6-2 run to reach match points at 24-19. Team USA scored on kills by Anderson and Salmon to hold off the loss, but Berezhko ended the match with a kill.

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

To view a match photo gallery, click here.

To read Rob Browning’s World League blog, click here.

To read Doug Beal’s report from Ekaterinburg, click here.

The USA Volleyball page for World League information is http://usavolleyball.org/events/2878.

To visit the FIVB World League page with photos, statistics and live scoring, click here

2010 FIVB World League
June 4-5 in Ekaterinburg, Russia

U.S. 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 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 C 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)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
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: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Team Doctor: William Schobert (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool C Standings (As of June 5)
Russia 2-0
Egypt 1-0
Finland 0-1
USA 0-2

2010 U.S. World League Schedule and Results

Date: June 4-5
Ekaterinburg, Russia
June 4: Russia def. United States, 25-15, 26-24, 25-14
June 5: Russia def. United States, 25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Finland
Location: Tampere, Finland

Date: June 18-19 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C. - www.visitcabarrus.com

Date: June 25-26 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Finland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Date: July 2-3
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Date: July 9 at 7 p.m.; July 10 at 6 p.m.
Opponent: Russia
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. - www.wichitasports.com/

Final Round (must qualify)
Date: July 21-25
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

Other Pool C Results
June 5: Egypt def. Finland, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, 15-13