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Netherlands Overpowers U.S. Men in World League

June 13, 2009, 12:47 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 13, 2009) – A tall team from Netherlands overpowered the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team on Saturday and won their inaugural 2009 FIVB World League match, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24) on Saturday in Rotterdam.

The two teams will play again at 6 a.m. PDT on Sunday in Rotterdam. Live scoring is available on the FIVB web site at www.fivb.org.

Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) led the United States in scoring with 10 points on nine kills and one block. Andrew Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) added nine points on five kills, three blocks and one ace. Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored eight points on seven kills and one block.

“The Netherlands played very well,” Patak said. “They have a young team with outside hitters that have developed very well. We did not play like we can.”

Netherlands’ leading scorer was 6-6 outside hitter Robert Horstink with 18 points on 16 kills and two aces. However, 7-foot opposite Kay van Dijk added 14 points on 11 kills and three blocks. At 6-10, middle blocker Wytze Kooistra scored 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace.

The United States was hurt by 23 team errors as opposed to 18 for Netherlands.

Among other U.S. scorers, Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) had seven points on seven kills while team captain David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored seven on five kills, one block and one ace. Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) had five points on five kills and Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) added one point on one block.

New U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Rooney and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) at outside hitter, Lee and Hein at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Hansen at setter and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero.

In the first set, the Dutch held an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) after a block by van Dijk. The United States evened it at 12-12, but Netherlands went ahead again with two points from Kooistra. The teams stayed close until Horstink scored two aces to make it 23-19. The Netherlands took set point at 24-20 on a kill by Horstink. Patak held off the loss with a kill, but van Dijk’s kill ended the set at 25-22.

Looking for more height in the second set, Knipe started the 6-foot-10 Anderson for the 6-6 Touzinsky. Later in the set, Billings substituted for Patak.

The second set stayed close until the score was tied 14-14. Two points from left-handed Netherlands captain Jeroen Trommel gave the Dutch a 16-14 lead and two U.S. errors increased it to 18-15. The U.S. never gained the lead. Netherlands reached set point at 24-19 and scored the 25-19 win on a kill from Kooistra.
The U.S. Men kept the score close in the third set, but Netherlands reached match point at 24-22. However Team USA held off the Dutch for two points, including an ace by Hein. At 25-24, the van Dijk ended the match with a spike off the U.S. block.

Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) both played as substitutes.

World League Tickets: Tickets for the World League matches in San Jose, Calif., (June 26-27 against China), Hoffman Estates, Ill., (July 10-11 against Italy) and Wichita, Kan., (July 17-18 against Netherlands) are on sale.

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For more information on World League, please visit USA Volleyball’s World League web site at http://usavolleyball.org/event/event/573.

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2009 U.S. World League Roster for June 13-14

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)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 Andrew Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
10 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
11 Brook Billings (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., USC)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
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
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato
Assistant Coach:
John Hawks
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Team Doctor:
Michael Terry
Medical Support: Aaron Brock

2009 FIVB World League Schedule and Results

Date: June 13-14
Opponent: Netherlands
Location: Rotterdam
June 13: Netherlands def. USA, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24)

Date: June 19 and 21
Opponent: Italy
Location: Florence and Catania

Date: June 26-27 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: China
Location: San Jose State University Event Center Arena in San Jose, Calif.

Date: July 4-5
Opponent: China
Location: Nanjing

Date: July 10-11 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Italy
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Date: July 17-18 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Netherlands
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Date: July 22-26
Event: Final Round (teams must qualify)
Opponents: TBD
Location: Belgrade, Serbia