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U.S. Men Bid Adieu to Lyon with Win Over France

June 17, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)


Clay Stanley attacks against France during the World League match on June 17 in Lyon

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 17, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team completed its FIVB World League weekend in Lyon with a 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21 victory over host France on Sunday.

Halfway through World League pool play, the U.S. Men lead Pool C with a record of 4-2 and 11 points. France is also 4-2 with 11 points, but the U.S. has a better set ratio.

"For us to win our three games is very positive," U.S. opposite and team captain Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) said. "We put together a good game plan. We are happy about the way we played. We were consistant throughout these three matches so that’s the best thing that we could ask for."

The U.S. Men will travel straight from France to Korea for their next weekend of play on June 22-24.

On Sunday, the U.S. Men led France in kills (54-51), blocks (11-4) and aces (8-5).

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) led the United States with 21 points on a match-high 16 kills (59.3 kill percent, .519 hitting efficiency), three blocks and two aces. Stanley added 16 points on nine attacks (56.3 kill percent, .375 hitting efficiency), three blocks and a match-high four aces.

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored 15 points on 13 attacks, one block and one ace.

"It’s a very nice weekend with three wins; it’s very good for us," U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) said. "A lot of teams took the opportunity to play with young guys. Obviously we did too for example with Sean Rooney and he plays very well, that’s very good for us. We also had nice contribution of guys from the bench."

Earvin Ngapeth paced France with 17 points on 14 attacks and three aces.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) totaled eight points on six kills and two blocks. Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) added seven points on five attacks, one block and one ace.

Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) had four points on three kills and one block and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) added two points on two attacks.

Suxho was credited with 34 assists and set the U.S. Men to a 50.9 kill percent and a .396 hitting efficiency. France had a 43.2 kill percent and a .280 hitting efficiency.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team in digs with nine. He was also credited with 11 excellent receptions. Rooney led the team in excellent receptions with 21.

Speraw, who is filling in for Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) while he deals with a family issue, started Anderson and Rooney at outside hitter, Holmes and Smith at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Suxho at setter and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero.

Lotman, opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) and middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) played as substitutes.

The U.S. Men got off to a slow start in the first set and trailed 8-4 at the first technical timeout. A Rooney kill and Smith block after the break drew them two points closer and they pulled to within one at 9-8. The teams battled back and forth until the U.S. tied it at 15-15 on two straight French errors. With the score still tied at 18-18, France scored four straight points, including two kills and a block, to lead 22-18. The U.S. couldn’t recover.

The U.S. led 8-6 at the first TTO of the second set, getting two kills from Holmes, a kill and block by Rooney and a kill and ace from Anderson, but France quickly tied it with an attack and an ace. The U.S. responded with three points on two French errors and an Anderson kill and France called timeout. Guillaume Samica responded with a strike, but the U.S. scored four straight points on a Rooney kill and ace, Holmes block and Anderson kill. The U.S. led 16-11 at the second TTO before France scored twice to pull to within three. The U.S. responded with a 3-0 run to lead 19-13. France did not give up and cut the U.S. led to two points at 22-20 and 23-21. The U.S. reached set point at 24-21 on a Stanley kill. France scored once more, but the U.S. won on a French service error.

The teams battled back and forth to a 6-6 tie in the third set when the U.S. scored four straight points on two Rooney attacks, a Rooney block and French error. France cut the lead to two with a kill and an ace. The U.S. came back to score the next five points, including two straight aces by Stanley, to lead 15-8. France never recovered and the U.S. cruised to the set victory.

The two teams kept things close to open the third set. The U.S. took an 8-7 lead at the first TTO on kill from Smith. With the score tied 9-9, the U.S. scored twice on a French service error and Stanley block. With the U.S. leading 11-10, France served into the net and Stanley scored on an ace followed by a Rooney kill to give the U.S. a 14-10 lead. France called timeout and got the ball back on a U.S. hitting error. Moreau scored on a kill, but the U.S. came back with a Rooney attack and Suxho dump to lead 16-12 at the second TTO. Coming out of the break France scored twice on a U.S. error and a kill, but then hurt itself with a serving error. France again pulled to within two points at 22-20, but the U.S. reached set point on a Rooney attack and Holmes block. France scored once more with a kill before Stanley ended it with an attack.

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U.S. World League 12-Player Roster for June 17 in Lyon, France

1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)

2. Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)

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)

9. Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)

11. Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)

13. Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)

16. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)

20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)

22. David McKienzie (Opp, 6-4, Littleton, Colo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)

Team Manager: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Mike Sealy (Santa Monica, Calif.)

Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

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U.S. World League Schedule/Results

(All times PT unless noted)

In Florence, Italy

May 18: France def. USA, 17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17

May 18: Italy def. Korea, 24-26, 27-25, 21-25, 29-27, 18-16

May 19: USA def. Korea, 20-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 17-15

May 19: Italy def. France, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22

May 20: France def. Korea, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 15-11

May 20: Italy def. USA, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16

In Lyon, France

June 15: France def. Korea, 21-25, 25-15, 31-29, 25-16

June 15: USA def. Italy, 30-28, 28-26, 25-22

June 16: USA def. Korea, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-16

June 16: France def. Italy, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20

June 17: Korea def. Italy, 22-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-15, 15-11

June 17: USA def. France, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21

In Gwangju, Korea

June 22 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. Italy

June 23 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. France

June 24 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. Korea

In Dallas, Texas – BUY TICKETS

June 29 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. Korea

June 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. France

July 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. Italy