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U.S. Men Suffer World League Loss to Finland

June 25, 2010, 11:47 p.m. (ET)

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (June 25, 2010) – Paced by Urpo Sivula and Matti Hietanen, Finland stunned the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team with a 3-2 (25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11) victory before 3,500 on Friday at the Sears Centre Arena.

Finland improves to 2-5 in Pool C while Team USA falls to 4-3, but remains in second place behind Russia (7-0). The U.S. Men and Finland will play again on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT at the Sears Centre Arena (BUY TICKETS).

Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the U.S. Men’s Team with 21 points on 15 kills (0.52 hitting percentage), three blocks and three aces. David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added 15 points on 10 kills (0.5 hitting percentage), four blocks and one ace. U.S. Team Captain Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored 13 points on 11 kills (0.3 hitting percentage), one block and one ace.

“Finland outplayed us,” Priddy said. “I can’t point to one specific phase that they beat us.

“We didn’t pass as well as we can and we didn’t take care of the ball.”

Sivula led all scorers with 31 points on a match-high 28 kills, two blocks and one ace. Hietanen added 17 points on 14 kills, two blocks and one ace. Antti Siltala scored 11 points on 10 kills and one ace.

Team USA finished with eight aces while Finland had seven. The U.S. Men also out-blocked Finland 14-8. Finland got 60 points on attacks (0.4 hitting percentage) while the U.S. Men totaled 53 (0.38 hitting percentage).

“I thought Finland took good swings in transition and we didn’t,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “Overall, I don’t like the pattern of us coming out without emotion or passion. It’s something we need to correct. We need to be prepared to play like we did in Set 2 at the beginning of the match.”

Among other U.S. players, Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored nine points on five kills and four kills. Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added six points on five kills and one ace. Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored four points on three kills and one ace.

Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored three points on three kills. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) added three points on one kill and two blocks. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) had one point on an ace.

At setter Hansen was credited with 28 running sets and no faults on 91 attempts. At libero, Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with six digs and six faults on 14 attempts. He also had 11 excellent receptions and two faults on 27 attempts. Priddy had 12 excellent receptions and three faults on 21 attempts. Lotman totaled 11 excellent receptions and no faults on 14 attempts.

Knipe started Priddy and Rooney at outside hitter, Lee and Holmes at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero. Holt started for Holmes in the fourth and fifth sets. Lotman substituted for Rooney in the third set and started the fourth and fifth. Patak played as a substitute.

After the two teams had tied at two sets each, Team USA took a 5-3 lead in the third set. Finland tied it at 5-5 on a U.S. serving error and Sivula kill. The teams traded points until the score was tied at 7-7. Finland took an 8-7 lead on Hietanen’s kill. Two straight Matti Oivanen aces gave Finland a 10-7 lead and Team USA couldn’t catch up. Finland reached match point at 14-10 on Sivula’s kill. A Priddy kill pulled Team USA to 14-11, but Sivula ended the match with a kill off the U.S. block attempt to end the match.

The score stayed close to open the first set with Finland leading 8-7 at the first technical timeout (TTO) and Team USA scoring on aces from Stanley and Rooney, a kill by Priddy and a block from Holmes and Hansen. Finland came out of the break and scored three straight points on a U.S. error, and two kills. The run ended with a Stanley kill, but Finland led 11-8. Team USA tied the score at 14-14 after Finland had a service error and hitting error. After a Rooney spike down the pipe, the U.S. led 16-15 at the second TTO. The teams traded points until the score was tied 20-20. A U.S. serving error, Finland block and Hietanen kill put Finland up by three at 23-20. The U.S. scored on a Rooney kill. But Finland reached set point on a Hietanen kill. Stanley held off the set loss with a spike, but then served long to end the set.

Team USA jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, scoring on a kill and block from Stanley, a block by Lee and Finland’s error. With the U.S. leading 6-2, Finland scored twice on kills by Oivanen and Sivula to pull to within two at 6-4. But Team USA scored twice on a Stanley kill and ace by Lee to lead 8-4 at the first TTO. Team USA still led by four at 11-7 when Finland had a setting error to make it 12-7 and a Hansen block made it 13-7. The teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 14-9. Priddy got the serve on Lee’s kill then scored with an ace to give the U.S. Men a 16-9 lead at the second TTO. Team USA scored two more points before the run ended with a U.S. hitting error. Team USA led 20-11 when Finland called a timeout and the U.S. hit the ball long. Finland scored another point on a U.S. error to make the score 20-13, but a Finland error and Stanley kill kept Team USA well in the lead. Stanley got the serve and Holmes had two straight kills to reach set point. Finland scored on a Hietanen kill before Priddy’s kill down the middle gave Team USA the set victory.

Finland led 5-4 to open the third set when a kill and then a block by Priddy followed by a Finland setting error put Team USA up by two. It still led by two at the first TTO, 8-6. Finland tied it with a block and U.S. hitting error. Team USA went up by two at 10-8 on Stanley’s block and Finland’s hitting error. But Finland’s Eemi Tervaportti scored on a kill and Oivanen took the serve and tied the score with an ace. Oivanen served for the next four points, including two Finland kills, to give Finland a 14-10 lead. Team USA pulled to within two at 15-13, but Finland responded with three straight points, including an ace by Hietanen, to extend the lead to 18-13. Finland led 23-18 when the U.S. scored twice on Finland’s blocking error and a Holmes block. Finland reached set point on Sivula’s kill and won the set with a block by Jukka Lehtonen.

The U.S. Men jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the fourth set, scoring on kills by Priddy, Stanley and Lee. But a U.S. serving error followed by two Sivula kills tied the score at 5-5. The teams traded points until the score was tied 10-10. Two straight attacks from Priddy and Lee gave the United States a two-point edge. The U.S. was leading 13-11 when it allowed Finland to tie on two straight U.S. errors. Holt scored for the U.S. on an attack followed by a Finnish error and Stanley ace to put Team USA up by three, 16-13, at the second TTO. Finland scored once on a Hietanen spike, but the U.S. Men scored twice on a Priddy spike and Finn error to lead 18-14. A spike and block by Hietanen pulled Finland to within two points at 18-16. Team USA responded with a Holt kill and ace to lead 20-16. After yet another Hietanen spike, the U.S. Men scored three straight points on kills from Lee and Priddy and a Patak ace. Siltala scored on a spike for Finland before Team USA reached set point on a Finland error. Oivanen held off the loss with a kill before Lotman won the set for the United States with an attack.

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2010 FIVB World League
June 25-26 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

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: John Hawks
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Jeff Stork (Topanga, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool C Standings (As of June 25)
Country (points) record
Russia (20) 7-0
USA (13) 4-3
Finland (6) 2-5
Egypt (3) 1-6

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

Date: July 2-3
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cairo, Egypt

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/

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