COLORADO SPRINGS (Feb. 18, 2015) – U.S. Men's Assistant Coach continued his European road trip this week to visit U.S. players competing for professional club teams. Here are some more of his tweets:
Can you hear it? The sound of screaming fans? I must be getting close. Yep. Getting closer. Who am I looking for?— Matthew Fuerbringer (@mattyfuerbs) February 11, 2015
Big crowd here in Moscow and huge match for both teams. Belgorod lost tonight to @D_Lee_Dreams team in Siberia so both teams can move up— Matthew Fuerbringer (@mattyfuerbs) February 14, 2015
Thanks @usavolleyball players and their coaches and clubs for hosting me on my visit to Europe. Learned a lot, had fun. Adios Twitter world— Matthew Fuerbringer (@mattyfuerbs) February 15, 2015
The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team, the 2014 FIVB World League champion, will begin defense of the title in Southern California and Hoffman Estates, Ill., this summer.
USA Volleyball will host Iran at the Galen Center in Los Angeles (May 30-31), Russia at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. (June 5-6), and Poland at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 12-13).
Tickets are on sale now for both Southern California matches. Individual tickets for the matches in Hoffman Estates will go on sale March 9. Group sales for Hoffman Estates are available now by calling (847) 649-2451.
Outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led Calzedonia Verona with 23 points as it defeated Top Volley Latina, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 38-36, 15-11 on Feb. 14. Sander scored on 17 kills, two blocks and a match-high four aces.
Setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) played as a substitute as CMC Ravenna lost to Energy T.I. Diatec Trentino, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 on Feb. 15.
The Berlin Recycling Volleys, including libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) and outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), defeated VSG Coburg/Grub, 25-15, 25-16, 25-17 on Feb. 14. Kawika Shoji was named the match MVP after scoring three points on two blocks and an ace and set Berlin to a .424 hitting percentage. Erik Shoji was credited with nine receptions, 100 percent positive. Touzinsky started the first two sets and scored four points on two kills, one block and one ace. He was credited with 11 receptions, 45 percent positive.
Middle blocker Nick Vogel and VfB Fridrichshafen defeated TV Rottenburg on Feb. 15, 25-17, 25-20, 21-25, 25-14. Vogel started the first three sets and scored five points on three kills, one block and one ace.
Middle blocker Scott Kevorken (Westlake Village, Calif.) scored six points on six kills for SVG Lüneburg as it defeated TV Ingersoll Bühl, 25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16 on Feb. 14.
B.J. Boldog (Palatine, Ill.) and CV Mitteldeutschland defeated Netzhoppers KW-Bestensee, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 19-25, 15-12 on Feb. 14. Boldog played as a substitute and scored two points on a kill and a block.
Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) scored 19 points as his Polish team Lotos Trefl Gdansk defeated Jastrzebski Wegiel, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 30-28 on Feb. 15. Troy scored on 15 kills, one block and three aces.
AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) played as a libero for Transfer Bydgoszcz in its loss to Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle, 25-20, 25-19, 28-30, 23-25, 15-13 on Feb. 13. Nally was credited with 30 receptions, 60 percent positive.
After two straight losses, middle blockers David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) and their French team Tours defeated libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and Ajaccio, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 on Feb. 14. Smith scored eight points on five kills, one block and two aces. McDonnell added three points on two kills and one ace. Watten was credited with 26 receptions. 46 percent positive.
Outside hitter Connor Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) played in two sets and scored six points on five kills and one ace as his French team Montpellier fell to Sète, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 on Feb. 15.
Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati) scored 11 points as his Russian team Dinamo Moscow fell to Zenit Kazan, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17 on Feb. 14. Holt scored on six kills, three blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) plays for Zenit Kazan but only in Champions League matches.
Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) scored 14 points as Olympiakos fell to PAOK, 25-22, 26-24, 24-26, 20-25, 27-25. Clark scored on 12 kills, one block and one ace.
Outside hitter Brian Cook(Santa Cruz, Calif.) led Panathinaikos with 12 points on 10 kills and two aces as if fell to Foinikas Syroy, 25-21, 31-29, 25-16 on Feb. 13.
CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Visiting Asseco Resovia Rzeszow (Russell Holmes and Paul Lotman) of Poland beat Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen (Nick Vogel), 19-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-17, 17-15 on Feb. 11. Holmes scored 12 points on six kills, three blocks and three aces. Lotman played as a substitute and scored one points with a kill. Vogel finished with eight points on six kills and two blocks.
Visiting Zenit Kazan (Matt Anderson) defeated Copra Volley Piacenza, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 on Feb. 12. Anderson started the first two sets and scored one points on one kill.
Visiting Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (David Lee) of Russia defeated Italy’s Tomis Constanta, 25-21, 25-15, 25-20. Lee did not play in the match.
Visiting Sir Safety Perugia (Joe Sunder) of Italy defeated Poland’s Jastrzebski Wegiel, 18-25, 25-21, 27-25, 24-26, 15-11 on Feb. 12. Sunder played as a substitute.
Upcoming matches on Laola1.tv
Feb. 18: Tomis Constanta at Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (David Lee), 8 a.m. PT – Click here
Feb. 18: VfB Friedrichshafen (Nick Vogel) at Asseco Resovia Rzeszow (Russell Holmes and Paul Lotman), 11:30 a.m. PT – Click here
Feb. 18: Jastrzebski Wegiel at Sir Safety Perugia (Joe Sunder), 11:30 a.m. PT – Click here
Feb. 19: Copra Volley Piacenza at Zenit Kazan (Matt Anderson), 7:30 a.m. PT – Click here