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June 19, 2010, 10:20 p.m. (ET)

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CONCORD, N.C. (June 19, 2010) – U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Alan Knipe put a group of Olympic gold medalists on the floor in the fourth set to put away Egypt, 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 11-25, 25-14) in an FIVB World League match in front of 3,132 at Cabarrus Arena.

Team USA improved its World League Record to 4-2 at the League’s halfway point and secured its hold on second place in Pool C. Egypt fell to 5-1. Egypt will return home for its next six World League matches. The U.S. Men move on to Hoffman Estates, Ill., to play Finland on June 25-26 (buy tickets).

The United States was led by 2008 Olympic MVP opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) with 14 points on eight kills, two blocks and a match-high four aces. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

Egypt was paced by Mohamed El Daabousi with 18 points on a match-high 16 kills and two aces. Abdel Latif Ahmed added nine points on four kills, four blocks and one ace.

Team USA had seven aces to Egypt’s six and 13 blocks to Egypt’s 11. Team USA scored on 28 Egypt team errors while committing only 22. The U.S. Men had a kill percentage of 0.39 and a hitting percentage of 0.19.

After the U.S. Men had won the first two sets, the third set saw them fall behind early and never regain their footing.

For the fourth set, Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said he was “looking for a combination of size and ball control and for guys who were playing well right now.”

Knipe started the fourth set with 2008 Olympic gold medalists, Rooney, Stanley, outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas),middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.),middle blocker  Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.). The veteran team made quick work of Egypt with a 25-14 fourth-set victory.

“It’s not about losing the third set, it’s about how we lost,” said U.S. Team Captain Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) who was not on the floor in the fourth set but was a starter on the 2008 Olympic team. “We had ball control errors. Wins start with good passing and we have to be mindful of that if we want to do big things.”

Among other U.S. players, Millar had nine points on four kills, four blocks and one ace. Lee scored six points on two kills and four blocks. Salmon added five points on four kills and one block. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calf.) scored two points on a block and an ace and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) had one point on a kill.

Hansen, who played the entire match at setter, was credited with 24 running sets and no faults on 72 attempts. Lambourne at libero was credited with eight digs and one fault in 11 attempts. He also had seven excellent receptions and two faults in 16 attempts. Anderson had eight excellent receptions and three faults in 22 attempts. Rooney had eight excellent receptions and no faults in 15 attempts.

Knipe started Anderson and Rooney at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero. Salmon substituted for Anderson in the third set and started the fourth. Patak played as a substitute for Stanley and started the third set. Lotman played as a substitute.

The first set started tight as Egypt held a slim 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO). Team USA scored on three kills from Anderson, one from Rooney and a Millar block. Egypt’s Rashad Atia extended the lead to 9-7 with an ace out of the break, but a service error gave the ball back to Team USA. The teams traded points until Egypt’s lead was 11-9. Team USA got two straight points on an Egypt service error and Millar block to tie the score at 11-11, then grabbed the lead on a Rooney block. Team USA still led by one at the second TTO, 16-15. Anderson took the serve after the break and led with an ace off the foot of one of Egypt’s players. That started a 3-0 run that included a powerful block by Lee and ended with Team USA leading 19-15. But Egypt wasn’t done and came back behind Ahmed Abdelhay, who served for three straight points, including an ace, to bring Egypt back to within one at 20-19. Knipe called timeout and Anderson responded with a kill down the middle to keep Team USA on top. A block by Millar and Stanley ace put the United States ahead 23-19. A kill by Mohamed El Daabousi gave Egypt another point, but his service error gave Team USA set point and Millar ended the set with a kill.

The second set was again close and Team USA led 8-7 at the first TTO, getting points on a block and kill by Stanley and a kill by Anderson. The teams traded points, with Egypt gaining an edge when it scored two points in a row on two kills to go ahead 11-10. After Egypt’s service error Team USA came back with two Anderson kills in a row to lead 13-11. Egypt called timeout and scored on the next play to end the run. With the U.S. ahead 14-12, Egypt got a kill to pull within one, then scored two more points behind Atia’s serving to lead 15-14. Egypt continued to lead by one at the second TTO, 16-15. Coming out of the break, Egypt scored on a kill from Abdelhay, which sparked a four-point run that put Egypt ahead 20-15. Lee ended the run with a block and then took the serve. Team USA scored the next six points, including an Anderson kill, and blocks from Millar and Rooney to go ahead 22-20. Lee finally served long to end the rally. But Team USA held a one-point lead at 23-22 when a Millar kill put it at set point and Lotman ended the set with a kill.

Egypt found momentum in the third set and held an 8-3 lead at the first TTO, including two kills and a block from Ahmed Abdel Fattah. The U.S. offense stalled and by the second TTO, Egypt had extended its lead to 16-6, with Abdel Fattah scoring on an ace and Mahmoud Abd El Kader and Abdel Latife Ahmed dominating with blocks at the net. Team USA did not help itself with hitting and service errors. Coming out of the break, Egypt used a 9-3 run to reach set point at 24-9. Team USA reached double digits with a Rooney kill and a Salmon spike followed to hold off set point one more time. But Egypt took the set with a block by Fattah and Ahmed Abdalla.

Knipe put out a team of Olympic gold medalists in the fourth set and it seemed like old times as Team USA took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO, scoring on double blocks by Lee and Stanley along with Lee and Salmon, a Millar ace and a Stanley kill. After Egypt scored on a kill, Stanley returned the favor with a spike of his own, then took the serve and sparked a 5-0 run that included three aces. Egypt finally scored on a service error. With Team USA leading 15-6, Egypt got the serve on a U.S. service error and scored three straight points, including an ace by Abdalla Ahmed. A Rooney kill gave Team USA a 16-9 lead at the second TTO. After the break, Egypt’s Ahmed Abdel used a kill to bring his team to 16-10 and then served for two more points. Knipe called timeout and Lee ended the run with a kill. Hansen got the serve and helped the U.S. score the next three points, including a Lee block, to lead 19-12. Giacobbe called timeout and cooled off Hansen who served into the net.  But the U.S. Men came back with a Rooney kill. Knipe substituted Patak for Rooney to serve, and Patak opened with an ace. Team USA scored two more points on kills from Stanley and Salmon before Patak served into the net. But the U.S. Men were anxious to get the match over with and a kill gave them match point at 24-14 followed by a Stanley spike to end the match.

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2010 FIVB World League
June 18-19 in Concord, N.C.

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)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 C Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
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)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool C Standings (As of June 19)
Country (points) record
Russia (17) 6-0
USA (12) 4-2
Finland (4) 1-5
Egypt (3) 1-5

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 (7 p.m. both days)
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. both days)
Opponent: Finland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

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

Date: July 9 at 7 p.m.; July 10 at 6 p.m.
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