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U.S. Men Sweep Russia in World League

July 09, 2010, 10 p.m. (ET)

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WICHITA, Kan. (July 9, 2010) – Fighting for every point, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team surprised Pool C leader Russia with a 25-21, 27-25, 25-23 sweep in an FIVB World League Intercontinental Round match on Friday at Koch Arena.

With the win, the USA improves to 8-3 in Pool C and remains in second place while Russia gets its second loss at 9-2. The U.S. Men will try for a bid to the World League Final Round in Argentina when the two teams play their second and final Intercontinental Round match on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. (BUY TICKETS!)

United States outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) led all scorers with 15 points on 11 kills (0.39 hitting percentage), three blocks and an ace. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored 12 points on 11 kills (0.28 hitting percentage) and one block. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) finished with 12 points on 10 kills (0.69 hitting percentage) and two blocks.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) singled out Holmes for praise.

“I thought Russell Holmes had a great match at middle blocker playing for Ryan Millar (who was not on the roster),” Knipe said. “The most important thing for us has been getting our play up to a level we find acceptable.”

Semen Poltavskiy led Russia with 14 points on 13 kills and one ace. Tara Khtey and Alexander Volkov each had nine points.

The United States out-blocked Russia 8-5, but Russia led in spikes 53-49 and in aces 3-1. Team USA’s hitting percentage was 0.33 and its attack percentage was 0.46. Russia’s hitting percentage was 0.32 and its attack percentage was 0.52.

Russia was hurt by 17 service errors while the U.S. had 10.

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hiter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) had five points on four kills and one block. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) finished with three points on two kills and one block. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled two points on two attacks, including a critical tip in the second set. Hansen was also credited with eight running sets and no faults on 68 attempts.

“I thought Kevin Hansen set his best match of World League,” Knipe said. “When your setter is having a good match, it puts the team in good shape to win.”

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 12 excellent serve receptions and three faults on 23 attempts. Rooney was credited with 11 excellent serve receptions and no faults on 15 attempts. Rooney also led the team in digs with six and one fault in nine attempts.

Knipe started Rooney and Priddy at outside hitter, Lee and Holmes at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) played as a substitute.

In the first set, the U.S. Men held an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), scoring on two kills and an ace by  Priddy, one from Rooney and a kill and block by Stanley along with three Russian errors. Russia turned up the heat at the net, scoring on two kills by Muerskiy and two by Volkov and used an ace from Krasikov to tie the score at 14-14. However, Dmitry Krasikov’s next serve went long to keep the U.S. ahead and a Priddy kill gave the U.S. a 16-15 lead at the second TTO. With the score tied 16-16 Team USA took a two point lead on a Russian violation and Holmes kill. Russia came back with a kill by Maxim Mikhaylov to pull back to within one. The teams exchanged service errors before Stanley’s kill down the right side gave the U.S. a 20-18 lead. Russia’s hitting error gave the U.S. a three-point lead at 21-18 and Russia called timeout. Russia came back with a Krasikov kill, but then served into the net.  Russia’s Volkov got a kill, but Russia had another serving error to make it 23-20 for the U.S. The U.S. served long to make it 23-21, but a Stanley kill brought Team USA to set point. Russia took timeout, but Russia was called for being over the net during the next rally to give the U.S. the set victory. Stanley and Priddy had five points in the set for the U.S. Mikhaylov led Russia with five.

Russia was trailing 4-3 when it scored four straight points behind the serving of Poltavskiy. Despite U.S. kills by Priddy and Holmes, Russia held an 8-6 lead at the first TTO of the second set, paced by two kills and a block by Volkov. Poltavskiy had a kill and an ace. Russia held a three points lead at 14-11 when the U.S. came back with a Hansen tip and Priddy block to close to 14-13. A Russian hitting error and Priddy block tied the score at 14-14. Priddy had another block to give Team USA a 15-14 lead. Taras Khtey tied the score with a kill, but a Stanley spike off the block gave the U.S. a 16-15 lead at the second TTO. After the break, Holmes’ block put the U.S. up by two. The U.S. lead was still two at 20-18 when Russia scored on two straight kills to tie the score at 20-20. Knipe called timeout and Hansen came back with a perfect setter dump to keep the U.S. in the lead. Russia tied it with a kill, but two straight kills from Stanley and Holmes gave Team USA a 23-21 lead and Russia called timeout. Russia tied the score with two straight kills and the U.S. called timeout. Priddy responded with a kill to give the U.S. its first set points. Khtey fought it off with a spike. Priddy got a second set point with a spike off the block, but Poltavskiy tied it again with an attack. Holmes gave the U.S. a 26-25 lead and Russia’s hitting error gave the U.S. the 27-25 set victory.  Priddy led the U.S. with eight points in the set. Poltavskiy had nine for Russia.

The U.S. took a 4-1 lead in the third set, scoring on a Rooney spike and block and a tip from Holmes. Two straight blocks by Kazakov pulled Russia to within one at 4-3, but it followed that with a service error and a tip that should have been an easy score going out causing Bagnoli to call timeout trailing 6-3. Russia’s Poltavskiy responded with a kill, but the U.S. kept up the pressure and led 8-6 at the first TTO. Russia tied the score on a U.S. serving error and tip by Volkov, then took the lead on Yury Berezhko’s ace. The two teams battled back and forth, with the U.S.  holding a slim 16-15 lead at the second TTO. The score was tied at 21-21 when Stanley gave his team the lead with a left-side kill off the block. Russia came back to tie the score on Poltavskiy’s attack and took a 23-22 lead on a Berezhko kill. Team USA called timeout and came back with a double block by Priddy and Lee to reach match point. Russia’s attack attempt went long to end the match.

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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 2)

Country (points) record
Russia (26) 9-2
USA (23) 8-3
Finland (9) 4-8
Egypt (5) 2-9

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.

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, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22