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U.S. Men End World League with Loss to Russia

July 11, 2010, 12:23 a.m. (ET)

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WICHITA, Kan. (July 10, 2010) – Russia got the two set victories it needed on Saturday and went on to defeat the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19) to win Pool C in the final pool play match of the 2010 FIVB World League at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University.

Russia completes pool play with a record of 10-2 and will advance to the final round in Cordoba, Argentina. The U.S. Men complete World League with an 8-4 record and will not advance to the final round for the first time in four years.

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) led the United States with 15 points on a match-high 14 kills (0.35 hitting percentage) and one block. Opposite Clay Stanley (Hawaii) added 13 points on 10 kills, two blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) contributed 11 points on eight kills (0.57 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace.

Dmitriy Muserskiy paced Russia with 15 points on seven spikes, a match-high seven blocks and one ace. Taras Khtey scored 14 points on eight kills, two blocks and a match-high three aces. Yury Berezhko added 13 points on 11 kills and two blocks.

Russia out-blocked the United States 22-9. It also had five aces to the USA’s two. Russia’s successfully completed 42 percent of its attack attempts while Team USA completed 38.

“Russia missed a lot of serves last night,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said of the United States’ sweep of Russia in their match on Friday. “They didn’t miss as many tonight. Because of that we ended up off the net a lot and they got a lot of blocks.”

Among other U.S. players, outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) totaled nine points on eight kills and one block. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added two points on one kill and one block. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored two points on two kills.

Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored two points on one kill and one block. Middle blocker Max Holt added two points on one kill and one block and Kevin Hansen (Newport Bach, Calif.) had one point and one kill.

“This was disappointing,”” Lee said. We definitely wanted to finish World League with a win and perhaps have the opportunity to advance to the final six. I thought we played well at times, but we gave up a lot of runs of five or six points.”

Hansen, who started at setter, was credited with four running sets and no faults on 61 attempts. Tyler Hildebrand (Mesa, Ariz.), who substituted for Hansen in the third set and started the fourth, was credited with seven running sets and one fault on 45 attempts.

Libero Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) was credited with nine digs and five faults on 15 attemps. Priddy also had nine digs and also was credited with 23 excellent receptions and two faults on 36 attempts. Reft had 11 excellent receptions and one faults on 18 attempts.

Knipe started Priddy and Rooney at outside hitter, Lee and Holmes at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Reft at libero. Anderson started the second set for Rooney and finished out the match. Holt took over for Lee in the fourth set. Patak and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) played substitutes.

Russia benched setter Sergey Grankin, who had started on Friday, for Saturday's match, putting only setter Sergey Makarov on its 12-man roster.

The U.S. held an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, scoring on three kills from Priddy, one each from Holmes and Stanley and a Rooney block. Russia got two kills from Berezkho. After the break, the U.S. increased the lead to 9-6 on Rooney’s back-row attack. Later, with the U.S. leading 13-11, Russia scored two points on spikes by Berezhko and Volkov to tie the score at 13-13. The score remained tied at 16-16 when Russia used two straight blocks by Muserskiy to lead 18-16 and the United States called timeout. After the break, Russia increased its lead to 19-16. Priddy ended the run with a kill. But Russia came back with four straight points on spikes by Mikhaylov and Khtey and blocks by Mikhaylov and Muserskiy. Trailing 22-17, the U.S. called timeout and replaced Rooney with Lotman. Russia was called for a double contact to give the U.S. 18 points, but Russia scored its final two points on a U.S. service error and Berezhko attack. Priddy had five points in the set while Rooney, Stanley and Holmes each had two. Berezkho led Russia with six points while Khtey had five.

In the second set, the U.S. took a 6-2 lead, getting three right-side kills and an ace from Stanley along with an attack by Lee. Russia called timeout, but the U.S. responded with attacks by Hansen and Priddy behind strong serving by Anderson, who started the second set, to lead 8-2 at the first TTO. The U.S. kept up the pressure after the break, taking advantage of Russia’s service error and Anderson’s back-row attack to lead 10-3. Russia got a kill by Mikhaylov, but got two straight scores on Rooney’s spike off the block and Stanley’s block to lead 14-6. Russia called timeout and Muserskiy responded with a kill to make it 14-6. The teams exchanged service errors to bring the score to 15-7 and another Russia service error gave Team USA a 16-8 lead at the second TTO. Russia brought in Semen Poltavskiy, its leading scorer from Friday night who immediately scored on a kill. Anderson answered with a back row attack and Russia misplayed the next ball to increase the U.S. lead to 18-9. Team USA looked to be well in control with a 22-14 lead, but Russia put together a run a behind the serving of Khtey, who had two aces as Russia cut the lead to 22-17. The USA called timeout and Khtey served long. But the U.S. also had a serve error and Russia scored again with a double block form Volkov and Mikhaylov. An ace by Muserskiy cut the U.S. lead to 23-20 and it called timeout again. The U.S. finally reached set point on an Anderson spike. But Russia held off the set loss with a Berezhko kill and U.S. hitting error. Stanley ended things with a right-side attack. Stanley scored six points for the U.S. in the set. Mikhaylov had four for Russia.

Carrying over their momentum, Russia jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set, scoring on two blocks, a kill by Muserskiy and three U.S. errors. Knipe called timeout and put in Hildebrand at setter. Stanley came back with a kill, but Mikhaylov responded with a block. Anderson scored off a block, but a U.S. service error put Russia ahead 8-3 at the first TTO. Russia increased the lead to 12-6 when Team USA scored twice on a back-row attack from Priddy and Stanley tooling the block to cut the lead to 12-8. But a U.S hitting error ended the run and Russia scored on a Berezhko kill to reach the second TTO with a 16-9 lead. With the score 17-10, the United States’ Max Holt, who substituted for Lee, got the serve on Russia’s hitting error and the U.S. scored on kills by Holmes and Priddy. Russia called timeout and scored with a kill to end the run at 18-13. With Russia leading 22-16, Russia used two kills to reach set point at 24-16. Patak attacked from the right, but a U.S. serving error gave Russia the set and pool-winning point at 25-17.

With nothing to lose, the U.S. took an 8-3 lead in the fourth set, scoring on a Stanley kill and block, kills from Priddy and Holt, Anderson block and Holmes ace. Russia scored on a block by Muserskiy and Khtey kill. With Team USA leading 9-4, Russia scored on kills by Muserskiy and Poltavskiy. Holmes responded with a kill, but Russia pulled to within on a U.S. hitting error and two blocks by Muserskiy. Knipe called timeout, but Muserskiy had another block to tie the score at 10-10. Two Russian hitting errors and Anderson’s attack off the block helped the U.S. regain the lead at 13-10. But with the U.S. leading 14-11, Russia scored the next six points behind the strong serve of Poltavskiy, who had and ace in the run. Trailing 17-14, the United States was never again able to score more than two points in a row. Russia reached match point at 24-19 and Khtey ended the match and the United States’ 2010 World League with an ace.

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2010 FIVB World League
July 9-10 in Wichita, Kan.

U.S. Roster (Roster will be reduced to 12 for the matches)
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)
8 C Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
11 Tyler Hildebrand (S, 6-4, Mesa, Ariz., Long Beach State)
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)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo. Long Beach State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader:  Jon Roberts
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Jeff Stork (Topanga, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Ron Larsen
Doctor: William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool C Standings (As of July 10)
Country (points) record
Russia (29) 10-2
USA (23) 8-4
Finland (9) 4-8
Egypt (5) 2-10

Note: Match won 3-0 or 3-1: 3 points for the winner, 0 point for the loser
Match won 3-2: 2 points for the winner, 1 point for the loser
In case of tie, the teams will be classified according to the following criteria: number of matches won, points ratio and sets ratio

2010 U.S. World League Schedule and Results
Date: June 4-5
Location: 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
June 11: United States def. Finland, 25-27, 25-18, 27-25, 25-28
June 12: United States def. Finland, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26

Date: June 18-19
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.
June 18: United States def. Egypt, 25-19, 25-15, 14-25, 25-21
June 19: United States def. Egypt, 25-20, 25-22, 11-25, 25-14

Date: June 25-26 (7 p.m. CT both days)
Opponent: Finland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
June 25: Finland def. United States, 25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11
June 26: United States def. Finland, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23

Date: July 2-3
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cairo, Egypt
July 2: United States def. Egypt, 20-25, 31-29, 25-17, 21-25, 15-12
July 3: United States def. Egypt, 20-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 18-16

Date: July 9 at 7 p.m. CT; July 10 at 6 p.m. CT
Opponent: Russia
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. - www.wichitasports.com/
July 9: United States def. Russia, 25-21, 27-25, 25-23
July 10: Russia def. United States, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19

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
June 6: Finland def. Egypt, 25-22. 23-25, 25-20, 25-19
June 11: Russia def. Egypt, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15
June 12: Russia def. Egypt, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8
June 18: Russia def. Finland, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18
June 19: Russia def. Finland, 25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-18
June 25: Russia def. Egypt, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16
June 26: Russia def. Egypt, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18
July 2: Russia def. Finland, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14
July 3: Finland def. Russia, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19
July 7: Finland def. Egypt, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14
July 8: Egypt def. Finland, 25-19, 25-23, 25-22