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U.S. Men Fall to Russia for Sixth-Place Finish

Oct. 09, 2010, 5:25 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 9, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will end the 2010 FIVB World Championship in sixth place after falling to Russia, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 on Saturday before an enthusiastic crowd of 4,700 in Modena, Italy.

It is the best World Championship finish for the U.S. Men (6-3 overall) since they finished third in 1994. Russia finishes the World Championship in fifth place with a 7-2 record.

Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) paced the U.S. Men with 13 points on 13 kills (0.42 hitting percentage). Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) added nine points on seven kills (0.42 hitting percentage) and two blocks. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) contributed seven points on five kills (0.63 hitting percentage) and two blocks.

Russian opposite Maxim Mikhaylov led all scorers with 20 points on 17 kills and three blocks. Outside hitter Taras Khtey added 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace.

The U.S. struggled to block the tall Russian team. Russia finished with 45 kills and 11 errors on 82 attempts f or a hitting percentage of 0.41. The U.S. Men finished with 29 kills and 16 faults on 75 attempts for a hitting percentage of 0.17. Russia out-blocked the U.S. Men 12-6 and had two aces while Team USA had none.

“During the tournament we got the answers to many things we wanted to know,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said in an FIVB press release. “Stanley and Rooney had a lot of pressure carrying the offensive load and it finally caught up with them. Tonight the Russian serve was very good and we couldn’t attack well.”

Russia finished with 24 digs and four errors while Team USA had 15 digs and eight errors. The U.S. Men finished with 36 excellent receptions two errors while Italy had 29 excellent receptions and no errors.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored three points on two kills and one block. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored one point on a kill. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored one point on a block and middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored one point on a kill.

Priddy led the team in digs with five and no faults on seven attempts. Libero Rich Lambourne added three digs and two faults on six attempts. Stanley had three digs and two faults on five attempts.

Lambourne led the team in excellent receptions with 14 and one fault on 19 attempts. Rooney had 13 receptions and no faults on 19 attempts.

Starting setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) was credited with nine running sets and one fault on 40 attempts. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), who took over for Winder toward the end of the second set and finished the match, was credited with eight running sets and no faults on 22 attempts.

Knipe started Rooney and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Winder at setter and Lambourne at libero. Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) substituted for Priddy in the second set and started the third. Hansen substituted for Winder in the second set and started the third. Anderson substituted for Lotman in the third set. Holt substituted for Holmes in the second set and started the third.

In the first set, the U.S. Men took a 7-5 lead, but Russia came back with four straight points to lead 9-7.The teams traded points until Russia led 10-8. Team USA put together a 4-0 run on a kill by Lee, block by Holmes and two straight kills from Rooney to lead 12-10. Russia’s Mikhaylov ended the run with a kill. With the teams tied 13-13, Berezhko used an ace to spark a 2-0 run and the U.S. never caught up. With Russia leading 18-16, it scored two straight points on a Mikhaylov kill and Dmitriy Muserskiy block to lead 20-16. With Russia leading 22-18, it scored with a Berezhko kill and block of Stanley to reach set point. Rooney scored a final U.S. point with a kill before Berezhko ended it with a tool of the U.S. block.

Riding the momentum, Russia jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second set as the U.S. struggled to score. The first three U.S. points came on Russian serving errors. Russia led 8-4 at the first TTO, but the U.S. came back with a Lee kill and Russia net violation to pull to within two at 8-6.  With Russia leading 9-7, it scored on kills by Mikhaylov and Muserskiy to increase the lead to 11-7. The U.S. came back with a Stanley block and Russian hitting error. Russia returned with a kill and an ace but the U.S. made it 13-10 on Lee’s block before a serving error gave Russia the ball. A Rooney kill and Lee block made it 14-12. Russia still led by three, 16-13, at the second TTO. The U.S. came out of the break and scored on two straight Russian errors to pull to within one at 16-15. But Russia came back with three straight points, including a Mikhaylov kill and Muserskiy block, to lead 19-15. Team USA came back with two straight points on kills from Rooney and Holt to pull to within two at 19-17, but Russia called timeout and a Khtey attack ended the run. The teams traded points until Russia reached set point at 24-21 on a kill by Alexander Volkov and won the set with a Mikhaylov attack.

Russia again to an 8-4 lead at the first TTO of the third set as the U.S. scored on attacks by Stanley and Lee along with two Russian serving errors. The U.S. used two straight Russian errors to pull to 8-6, but Russia responded with three straight points, including strikes from Mikhaylov and Khtey. Knipe called timeout and brought in Holmes for Holt and Anderson for Lotman. Two straight kills by Rooney and Stanley made the score 11-8, but Russia came back with a 5-2 run to lead 16-10 at the second TTO. A Russian hitting error followed by Anderson’s block of Khtey was the United States’ last run of points and made the score 16-12. Later, with Russia reached set point at 24-18. Rooney had one last attack before Khtey ended the match with a kill.

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

U.S. Roster for Oct. 9
(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)
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)

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)

Classification 5-8 Results
Oct. 9: Russia def. Bulgaria, 25-20, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23
Oct. 9: USA def. Germany, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23
Oct. 10: Bulgaria def. Germany, 26-24, 26-24, 25-21
Oct. 10: Russia def. USA, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19

Pool O Results (Rome)
Oct. 4: USA def. France, 25-16, 25-14, 25-23
Oct. 5: Italy def. USA, 14-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-22
Oct. 6: Italy def France, 25-18, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19

Pool O Final Standings
Rank Team (Matches Won-Lost) Points; Point Ratio
1. ITA (2-0) 4; 1.067
2. USA (1-1) 3; 1.179
3. FRA (0-2) 2; 0.783

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