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U.S. Men Get Groove Back with Sweep of Egypt

Nov. 23, 2011, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team got its groove back on Thursday in Kumamoto, Japan, sweeping Egypt, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 in the FIVB World Cup.

The U.S. Men gained three points in the World Cup standings and improved their record to 4-4. Team USA went into Thursday’s match in eighth place while Egypt was ninth. On Friday (Nov. 25 at 1:20 a.m. PT), the United States will face Italy (2-1 prior to its Thursday night match).

The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Dec. 4 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Men’s tournament event page at http://usavolleyball.org/events/5557.

The U.S. Men, ranked No. 4 in the world, had suffered two straight losses prior to their match against No. 12 Egypt. But the U.S. opened the match with two straight aces from opposite and team captain Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and never looked back.

"We had better distribution with more players involved today," U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. "There was good passing, and [Brian] Thornton did a good job getting others involved. When Clay [Stanley] serves well it gives a big advantage on blocking and defense."

After winning the first two sets fairly easily, the U.S. Men and Egypt battled to a 12-12 tie in the third set. However middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored with a kill, then took the serve and got and ace to spark a 4-0 U.S. scoring run. Egypt came back with an attack, but Priddy used a block and kill to lead 18-13 and put the set and match out of reach.

The U.S. Men served the African zone champion out of the arena with an 8-3 lead in aces. It also out-attacked Egypt, 38-36 and out-blocked it 7-4. The U.S. also took advantage of 22 Egyptian team errors, including 19 service errors, while committing only 16.

Stanley was named the match’s most important player with 14 points on his match-high four aces and 10 attacks (hitting efficiency of 0.438). Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) led the U.S. in scoring with 15 points on 14 kills (hitting efficiency of 0.684) and one block.

"We put pressure on them with our serve, and got their passing in some trouble," Stanley said. "We took advantage of their missed serving, and offensively we were more balanced. We got good numbers from all our hitters."

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) contributed eight points on five kills and three blocks. Holmes finished with seven points on three kills, two blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) added six points on five attacks and two blocks.

Setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) scored one point on a block. He was also credited with 14 assists and set the U.S. team to a kill percent of 54.4 and a hitting efficiency of 0.456 (37-6-68). Egypt's kill percent was 50.0 and its hitting efficiency was 0.361 (36-10-72).

Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) added one point with a spike and opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) had one point on an ace.

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team with seven digs and also had four excellent receptions. Anderson finished with six excellent receptions.
Knipe started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Thornton at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Lotman started the third set for Anderson. Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Patak played as substitutes.

Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay led all scorers with 21 points on 20 attacks and one ace.

Egypt's Head Coach Sherif El-Shemerly referenced the turmoil his country has been experiencing in his post-match remarks.

"Our team is nervous and in a bad situation, with the critical situation in Egypt," he said. "Many players are thinking about their families and are not in a good mood and very nervous. We lost many serves."

Earlier this season, the U.S. defeated Egypt at the 2011 London International Invitational and went 4-0 against the Africans in pool play during the 2010 FIVB World League. The U.S. is now 13-0 against Egypt since 1981.

The U.S. followed its match with a team Thanksgiving dinner in Kumamoto.

"This team feels they have a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving," Knipe said.

The U.S. Men opened up a 6-2 lead in the first set, getting its first two points off two aces from Stanley followed by kills from Anderson, Priddy and Lee. Egypt called timeout and came back to score, but the U.S. maintained an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), getting the final point on a second quick kill down the middle from Lee. The U.S. extended its lead to 13-7 when Egypt used a 2-0 scoring run to pull back to within four. With the U.S. leading 14-10, it got a kill from Stanley and a Thornton ace to lead 16-10 at the second TTO. Egypt never mounted another real challenge and the U.S. cruised to the 25-19 victory, getting the final point on a right-side attack from Priddy. Stanley led the U.S. in scoring with six points. Egypt out-attacked the U.S., 13-12, but the U.S. Men led in aces (4-0) and blocks (3-2) and also took advantage of six Egypt errors.

The U.S. Men took a 5-2 lead in the second set, including a third Stanley ace. With the U.S. leading 7-4, Egypt scored twice on kills before a Lee block gave the U.S. an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. still led by two at 11-9 when Egypt used a kill and a U.S. hitting error to tie the score at 11-11. Team USA fought back with a block and a kill from Stanley. The U.S. led by two 15-13 when Egypt’s serving error gave it a 16-13 edge at the second TTO. Coming out of the break, Team USA scored on two straight kills and Egypt called timeout. Abdelhay responded with an attack and the teams traded points. The U.S. reached set point at 24-20 on Egypt’s service error and Holmes won the set with the United States’ sixth ace of the match. The U.S. got four points from Anderson and three each from Lee, Holmes and Stanley while also scoring on nine Egypt errors.

Egypt opened the third set with an ace of its own, but the U.S. came back to scored on a serving error, Stanley’s ace and a Lotman tip to lead 3-1. With the U.S. still leading by two at 5-3, Egypt scored with an attack and a pass over the net that fell in front of the U.S. back row to tie the score. The U.S. scored with a Lee block and Priddy kill; but Egypt responded with three straight points, including an ace and two kills, to lead 8-7 at the first TTO. The score stayed close until it was tied 12-12. Holmes scored on a kill and then took the serve and added an ace. Stanley scored with an attack and Egypt called timeout, but Priddy responded with a kill to give the U.S. a 16-12 lead at the second TTO. Egypt ended the run with an attack, but the U.S. scored two more points on a kill and block from Priddy to lead 18-13 and Egypt never recovered. The U.S. reached match point at 24-19 on an attack from Priddy. Egypt’s Abdelhay put down one more attack before Lee won the match with a strike.

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 2011
U.S. Men's Roster for Nov. 24
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
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)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13C Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Doctor: Scott Magness and William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Massage Therapist: Eli Evette
Scout Coach: Frank Ciarelli
Scout Coach: Andy Read

Qualified Teams

Team (Qualification Method, World Ranking as of Jan 15, 2011, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South America Champion, 1, 1)
Serbia (Europe Champion, 3, 5)
Cuba (NORCECA Champion, 4, 6)
Egypt (Africa Champion, 13, 12)
Iran (Asia Champion, 19, 14)
USA (NORCECA Runner Up, 5, 4)
Italy (Europe Runner Up, 6, 3)
Argentina (South America Runner Up, 8, 9)
China (Asia Runner Up, 11, 10)
Japan (Hosts, 14, 18)
Russia (Wild Card, 2, 2)
Poland (Wild Card, 10, 8)

Tournament Schedule (All times local except for U.S. matches in bold)

1st round
Nagoya (Site A)

1 SRB-ARG 20-Nov 11:00 Nagoya ARG def SRB, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
2 POL-CUB 20-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def CUB, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16
3 IRI-JPN 20-Nov 18:20 Nagoya IRI def JPN, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15
7 CUB-IRI 21-Nov 11:00 Nagoya CUB def IRI, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22
8 SRB-POL 21-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def SRB 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 30-28
9 ARG-JPN 21-Nov 18:20 Nagoya ARG def JPN 25-22, 21-25, 11-25, 25-15, 15-12
13 IRI-SRB 22-Nov 11:00 Nagoya IRI def SRB 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11
14 POL-ARG 22-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def ARG 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22
15 JPN-CUB 22-Nov 18:20 Nagoya CUB def JPN 25-21, 25-23, 25-22

Kagoshima (Site B)

4 CHN-USA 20-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima USA def. CHN 25-14, 25-23, 25-21
5 ITA-RUS 20-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima RUS def ITA 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21
6 EGY-BRA 20-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima BRA def EGY 25-19, 25-13, 25-19
10 EGY-ITA 21-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima ITA def EGY 25-22, 25-15, 25-20
11 BRA-USA 21-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima BRA def USA 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16
12 RUS-CHN 21-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def CHN 25-18, 25-20, 25-18
16 CHN-EGY 22-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima EGY def CHN 25-20, 25-20, 25-18
17 ITA-BRA 22-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima ITA def BRA 25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 22-20
18 USA-RUS 22-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def USA, 25-18, 25-19, 26-24

2nd round

Osaka (Site A)

19 ARG-CUB 24-Nov 11:00 Osaka ARG def CUB 17-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-17
20 POL-IRI 24-Nov 15:00 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
21 SRB-JPN 24-Nov 18:20 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
25 IRI-ARG 25-Nov 11:00 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
26 CUB-SRB 25-Nov 15:00 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
27 JPN-POL 25-Nov 18:20 Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium

Kumamoto (Site B)

22 EGY-USA 24-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto USA def EGY 25-19, 25-20, 25-20
23 BRA-RUS 24-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
24 ITA-CHN 24-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
28 RUS-EGY 25-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
29 CHN-BRA 25-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
30 USA-ITA 25-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium
30 USA-ITA 25-Nov 01:20 PT    

3rd round

Fukuoka (Site A)

31 IRI-USA 27-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
31 IRI-USA 26-Nov 18:00 PT    
32 POL-CHN 27-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
33 JPN-EGY 27-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
37 IRI-EGY 28-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
38 POL-USA 28-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
38 POL-USA 27-Nov 22:00    
39 JPN-CHN 28-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
43 POL-EGY 29-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
44 IRI-CHN 29-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 01:20 PT    

Hamamatsu (Site B)

34 SRB-RUS 27-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
35 ARG-BRA 27-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
36 CUB-ITA 27-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
40 ARG-RUS 28-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
41 CUB-BRA 28-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
42 SRB-ITA 28-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
46 CUB-RUS 29-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
47 ARG-ITA 29-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
48 SRB-BRA 29-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena

4th round

Tokyo (Site A)

49 IRI-BRA 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
50 POL-ITA 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
51 JPN-RUS 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
55 IRI-RUS 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
56 POL-BRA 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
57 JPN-ITA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
61 POL-RUS 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
62 IRI-ITA 04-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
63 JPN-BRA 04-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium

Tokyo (Site B)

52 SRB-EGY 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
53 CUB-CHN 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 0:1:20 PT    
58 SRB-CHN 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
59 ARG-EGY 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 01:20 PT    
64 CUB-EGY 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
65 ARG-CHN 04-Dec 14:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec 17:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec midnight PT