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USAV Nominates Mens Olympic Roster

July 05, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July  5, 2012) – USA Volleyball is pleased to announce its nominations for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team that will compete at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Pending approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee, the nominated athletes and staff will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games on July 29-Aug. 12 in London.

The U.S. Men are the defending Olympic champions and ranked No. 6 in the world. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team trains at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.

Six players on the roster have previous Olympic experience, including five who competed on the 2008 gold-medal team.

Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) will each compete in their third Olympic Games. Stanley was named the most valuable player of the Beijing Olympic Games and is the current U.S. team captain. Both players were Olympic Games starters in Beijing and Athens (2004) and Beijing.

Also returning from the squad that competed in Beijing are libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.).

Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team that finished fourth in Athens, but he did not compete in Beijing.

Six players on the 2012 Olympic squad will be competing in their first Olympic Games: outside hitters Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.); middle blockersRussell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and David Smith (Saugus, Calif.); setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.).

“It’s a good group of veterans with Olympic experience and first-time Olympians who have been an integral part of our team.” U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said.

Knipe is in his fourth season with the team and had a 52-27 record going in the 2012 season. In 2012, the U.S. Men have a record of 14-3, including winning the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament and also winning their World League pool to advance to the Final Round.  During the quad the U.S. Men have qualified for the World League Final Round three times.

“It was incredibly difficult to narrow our roster to 12 players. For a variety of reasons, we’ve played a lot of different guys in key tournaments during the quad and ended up with a very deep pool of talent.”

Replacement athletes for the team are outside hitters Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), middle blockers Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), setters Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), and opposites Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) and Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.).

“When you’re trying to create a team with clearly defined roles, you could end up with a couple different rosters and still be successful. The staff put a lot of time into this decision and it was a long and challenging process.”

Assisting Knipe on the staff for the Olympic Games will be assistant coaches Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.), Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.) and John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.), along with team technical coordinator Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and USA Volleyball Director of Sport Medicine and Performance Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa).

Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.) will serve as team leader.

The U.S. Men qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games by winning the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament on May 7-12 in Long Beach, Calif.

The U.S. Men have qualified for nine previous Olympic Games: 1964, ’68, ’84, ’88, ’92, ’96, 2000, ’04 and ’08. They have won the gold medal in 1984, ’88 and 2008 and won bronze in 1992.

The U.S. Men will begin play in the London Olympic Games on July 29 against Serbia.

 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team

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. Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8. Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
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)
20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21. David McKienzie (Opp, 6-4, Littleton, Colo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.) 
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.) 
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Scout Coach: Andy Read (Garden Grove, Calif.)
Scout Coach: Mike Sealy (Santa Monica, Calif.)

Replacement Players for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team

3. Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
9. Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10. Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
14. Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15. Gabe Gardner (Opp, 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
16. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
25. Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)

2012 Olympic Games Men’s Volleyball Schedule

Pool A (World Ranking): Italy (3), Poland (4), Argentina (8), Bulgaria (9), Australia (22), Great Britain (92)
Pool B (World Ranking): Brazil (1), Russia (2), USA (6), Serbia (7), Germany (13), Tunisia (18)

July 29: Great Britain vs. Bulgaria, 9:30 a.m.
July 29: Russia vs. Germany, 11:30 a.m.
July 29: Australia vs. Argentina, 2:45 p.m.
July 29: USA vs. Serbia, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
July 29: Italy vs. Poland, 8 p.m.
July 29: Brazil vs. Tunisia, 10 p.m.

July 31: Serbia vs. Tunisia, 9:30 a.m.
July 31: Poland vs. Bulgaria, 11:30 a.m.
July 31: Italy vs. Argentina, 2:45 p.m.
July 31: USA vs. Germany, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
July 31: Great Britain vs. Australia, 8 p.m.
July 31: Brazil vs. Russia, 10 p.m.

Aug. 2: Serbia vs. Germany, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 2: Australia vs. Bulgaria, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 2: Russia vs. Tunisia, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 2: Poland vs. Argentina, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 2: Brazil vs. USA, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 2: Great Britain vs. Italy, 10 p.m.

Aug. 4: Germany vs. Tunisia, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 4: Great Britain vs. Poland, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 4: Australia vs. Italy, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 4: Russia vs. USA, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m.)
Aug. 4: Argentina vs. Bulgaria, 8 p.m.
Aug. 4: Brazil vs. Serbia, 10 p.m.

Aug. 6: Australia vs. Poland, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 6: Russia vs. Serbia, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 6: Italy vs. Bulgaria, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 6: Great Britain vs. Argentina, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 6: USA vs. Tunisia, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 6: Brazil vs. Germany, 10 p.m.

Aug. 8: Quarterfinal Matches at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 10: Semifinal Matches at 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 12: Men’s Bronze Medal Match, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 12: Men’s Gold Medal Match, 1 p.m.
Aug. 12: Men’s Gold Medal Ceremony, 2:50 p.m.