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U.S. Men's Update: OCC Honors Knipe

April 10, 2012, 4:12 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 10, 2012) – U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Alan Knipe was honored April 4 during a match between the men’s volleyball teams from Orange Coast College and Golden West College that was played at Orange Coast.

Knipe played at Orange Coast College and served as a head coach for Golden West.

"Both of these programs mean a lot to me, so this is a tough match to watch," Knipe said to the large Peterson Gym crowd during a special in-match ceremony.

Orange Coast won the match, 25-22, 25-22, 25-17.


Fans will have several opportunities to see the U.S. Men in action this summer.

It all begins on April 27 and 29 when the U.S Men will play Argentina in two exhibition matches at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Both teams will be preparing for their zonal Olympic qualification tournaments.

Tickets will be available at the door or online at jserravball.eventbrite.com.

On May 7-12, USA Volleyball will host the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament, which will be played at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. The winner of this tournament will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

All tickets are now on sale. For more information, click here.

Finally, on June 29-July 1, the U.S. Men’s Team will host Italy, France and Korea for the FIVB World League at the Dallas Convention Center in Texas. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, click here.

The U.S. Men's Indoor National Volleyball Team trains at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., Official Host City of the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams. Practices re free and open to the public. Visitors are asked to contact Gary Moy or Gary Mathews to make arrangements.


U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and the Russian Super League team Dinamo Moscow won the CEV Cup, defeating visiting Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, the Polish PlusLiga team of U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) in the second of two final matches, 28-30, 25-22, 26-24, 24-26, 15-9.

Lee finished the final match with 13 points on six kills and a match-high seven blocks. Lotman started the first three sets and scored six points on four attacks and two blocks.

To view photos from the match, click here.


As predicted, Lee and Dinamo Moscow will meet U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and his Russian Super League Zenit Kazan in the finals of the Super League playoffs, which begin April 12.

Lee and Moscow won their best-of-five semifinal playoff 3-1 over Iskra Odincovo.

In the final match on April 5, host Moscow won 25-23, 25-21, 25-18. Lee scored six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace.

Priddy and Kazan won their best-of-five semifinals series against Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, 3-0.

Visiting Kazan won the final match on April 1, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-8. Priddy started the first two sets and scored six points on six attacks. To view photos from the match, click here.

In the semifinals of the fifth-through-eighth playoff, U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Ural Ufa needed five matches to defeat Gazprom Surgut and advance to the fifth-place playoff.

In the final match on April 8, host Ural beat Surgut, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22, 14-25, 15-13. Ball scored one point with an attack and set his team to a 49.0 kill percent and a .418 hitting efficiency.

Ural will begin the fifth-place playoff on April 12 against Dinamo Krasnodar.


The Italian Serie A league regular season ended with matches on April 1 with 12 of the 14 teams advancing to the playoffs.

Fidia Padova, which included U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) for its last two matches, finished in 13th place while CMC Ravenna, which included U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.), placed 14th. The two teams will play in the A2 league next season.

The remaining 12 teams were separated into four pools of three for the playoffs, with the four pool winners advancing to the semifinals.

Andreoli Latina, which finished the regular season in ninth place, is the only team with a U.S. player to advance to the semifinals. U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) is on the team.

On April 7, Latina defeated U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Sisley Belluno, 28-26, 25-23, 25-21. Belluno finished the regular season in fourth place in the league.

Troy played as a substitute for Latina and scored one point on an ace. Suxho started all three sets and scored two points on one kill and one block. He set the team to a 45.0 kill percent and a .363 hitting efficiency.

On April 9, Latina beat U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Casa Modena, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23. Modena finished the regular season in fifth place.

Troy started the final two sets for Latina and scored eight points on seven attacks (53.8 kill percent, .538 hitting efficiency) and one ace. Anderson led Modena with 19 points on 16 attacks (61.5 kill percent, .577 hitting efficiency) and three aces.

Latina will begin the semifinal series on April 12 against Itas Diatec Trentino, the team that won the regular season.


U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and his French league team Tours, which won the league in the regular season, has advanced to the semifinals of the league playoffs, where it will play Nantes Rezé beginning on April 11.

Tours won its best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series against Paris, 2-0. In the second match on April 7, Tours won 25-21, 25-17, 21-15, 26-24. Smith scored nine points on seven kills and two blocks.

U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) and Cannes fell to Nantes Rezé, 2-1. In an April 7 victory, Tarr scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block as Cannes won, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-21.

Tourcoing, the French league team that includes U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), fell to Poitiers in the playoffs, 2-1.

Jablonsky was not able to play in the series due to injury. Winder started every match at setter, including a 28-26, 23-25, 27-29, 25-17, 15-9 victory in the first match of the series on April 3. Winder scored five points, including an ace, and set the team to a 61.4 kill percent.


The German league team Berlin Recycling Volleys, including U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), defeated U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) and VfB Friedrichshafen in the playoff semifinals 3-1 and are playing Generali Haching in the league finals.

In the final match of the semifinal round on April 1, Berlin defeated Friedrichshafen, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22.

Touzinsky started the entire match despite suffering an injury in the previous playoff contest and score four points on four kills. Shoji also started the entire match and scored four points on two kills and two blocks while setting the team to a 49.5 kill percent and a .468 hitting efficiency. Denmark started the entire match for Friedrichshafen and scored 10 points on five attacks, four blocks and one ace.

Berlin played its first match of the final on April 7 and lost to host Generali Haching, 25-17, 25-19, 29-27. Touzinsky finished with five points on four attacks and one ace. Shoji scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace. Shoji set the team to a 42.3 kill percent and a .333 hitting efficiency.

Berlin came back at home on April 10 to defeat Haching, 25-16, 25-13, 25-23. Touzinsky started all three sets and scored one point on one attack. Shoji did not play. The next match will be April 14.


U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów have a 2-1 lead over ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle in the semifinals of the Polish Plus Liga playoffs.

In the third match on April 10, host Resovia Rzeszów won 25-23, 27-29, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13. Lotman started every set but the third and scored 13 points on 13 attacks (56.5 kill percent, .522 hitting efficiency). He was also credited with 22 receptions, 64 percent positive. The next match will be played April 11 in Resovia Rzeszów.

U.S. middle blockerRussell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Jastrzębski Węgiel are done with their season after falling to PGE Skra Bełchatów, 3-0 in the playoff semifinals.

In the final match on April 10, host Jastrzębski Węgiel fell 23-25, 25-19, 21-15, 28-26, 15-12. Holmes finished with eight points on five kills, two blocks and one ace.

To view photo galleries from Plus Liga matches, click here.


U.S. outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his Spanish league team Unicaja Almeria have advanced to the finals of the Spanish league playoffs after defeating Ciudad del Medio Ambiente Soria in a deciding semifinal match on March 31.

In the deciding match, Menzel and Almeria defeated Ciudad del Medio Ambiente Soria, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22. Menzel finished with 18 points on a match-high 17 attacks (60.7 kill percent, .536 hitting efficiency) and one ace.

Almeria is facing Caja 3 Voleibol Teruel, which includes U.S. outside hitter Matt Webber (Brentwood, Calif.) in the best-of-five final round. Teruel has won the first two matches at home.

On April 7, Teruel defeated Almeria, 25-22, 26-24, 25-21. Webber led all scorers with 24 points on 21 kills and three blocks. Menzel scored 15 points on 14 attacks (.519 kill percent, .481 hitting efficiency) and one block.

To view photos, click here.

On April 8, Teruel beat Almeria, 30-28, 25-20, 25-19. Webber scored 11 points on nine attacks and two aces. Menzel finished with seven points on seven attacks (46.7 kill percent, .467 hitting efficiency).

To view photos, click here.

The next match will be April 14 in Almeria.


U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Arkas Spor along with U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Istanbul B.B. will participate in an eight-team playoff with two pools of four teams.

Arkas Spor will play Istanbul B.B. on April 16 and then play the other two pool teams on April 17 and 18. Pool winners will advance to the semifinals on April 20.