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Poland Pushes Past U.S. Men at World Cup

Nov. 28, 2011, 3:45 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2011) – FIVB World Cup leader Poland made all the right moves on Monday as it defeated the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 in Fukuoka, Japan.

With the loss, the U.S. Men, ranked fourth in the world, fall to 3-4 and maintain seventh place in the standings. Poland, ranked eighth in the world, improves to 6-1 and continues to lead the standings, one point ahead of second-place Russia.

The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Dec. 4 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Men’s tournament event page at http://usavolleyball.org/events/5557.

The U.S. Men will conclude the third round of the World Cup on Tuesday in Fukuoka against host Japan (1-5; Nov. 29 at 1:20 a.m. PT).

Poland’s serve put pressure on the U.S. Men, often forcing them out of system. Poland led in aces, 7-3. It also led in kills, 43-28 and in blocks, 8-5.

“Many times volleyball is a complex game. It can also be a simple game. They were better than us in the passing and serving game. We didn't have any rhythm today,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “They kept the pressure on us from start to finish. We must look at the video and learn from this. I'm disappointed.”

U.S. team captain and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the U.S. with 10 points on nine attacks and one block. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) added nine points on eight attacks and one block.

“They took advantage of their serves and had several aces,” Stanley said of Poland. “They had some great touches and we didn't. They took us out of our game. We need to watch the video and get better.”

Poland led 16-13 in the first set when Poland went on a 5-0 run, including two aces from scoring leader Zbigniew Bartman, to lead 21-13 and put the set out of reach. The second set stayed closer with the team tied at 11-11 before Poland gained a 13-11 edge. With Poland leading 17-14, a Polish error and Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) ace pulled the U.S. to within one. Poland led 18-17 when it scored on a U.S. service error and violation to lead by three. Lee came back with a block, but the damage was done and Poland went on to win.

In the third set, Poland took a 5-1 lead and by the second technical timeout (TTO) was ahead 16-9. With Poland leading 21-13, the U.S. used a 3-0 run to cut the deficit, but Poland came back and scored the final three points of the match.

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) finished with five points on three attacks, one block and one ace. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored three points on three attacks. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) totaled three points on two kills and a block.

Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) scored two points on one spike and one block. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added two points on kills. Thornton, the setter, had two points on aces.

Thornton was credited with 13 assists for the U.S. Men, who had a kill percent of 38.4 and  hitting efficiency of 0.219.

In the official statistics, the U.S. Men were only credited with three digs, led by Priddy with two. Poland was only credited with four digs.

Anderson led in excellent receptions with 16. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) added seven.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Thornton at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Millar started the third set for Holmes and Rooney started the third set for Anderson. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) played as substitutes.

Bartman led Poland with 16 points on 12 attacks, one block and three aces.

Poland made it to the World Cup thanks to an FIVB wild card. The U.S. Men went 2-2 against Poland during the Intercontinental Round of the 2011 World League and have a 33-17 record against Poland since 1981.

With Poland leading 6-3 in the first set, the U.S. Men scored on a Stanley kill and Thornton ace to pull to within one. Poland came back with a 3-0 run, including two kills and a U.S. hitting error. Stanley ended the run with a kill and the two teams exchanged points. Leading 14-11, Poland got a transition kill from Bartman and a back-row attack by Kurek to lead 16-11 at the second technical timeout (TTO). The U.S. came out of the break with a Lee kill and ace from Priddy. But Poland responded with a kill the sparked a 5-0 run behind the service of Bartman, who had two aces in the string. The 21-13 deficit proved too much for the U.S. to overcome. Anderson led the U.S. with four points. Poland led in kills, 15-9, blocks 2-1 and aces 4-2.

Poland opened up a 4-2 lead in the second set but the U.S. tied it on kills from Anderson and Holmes. The teams traded points. The U.S. gained a 6-5 lead on Poland’s serving error and Holmes’ block and it led 8-7 at the first TTO, scoring on Holmes’ quick kill down the middle. The teams were tied 11-11 when Poland scored twice on a kill and ace to lead 13-11. Stanley came back with a block, but Poland scored twice more on a Bartman attack and U.S. error to lead 15-12. The European side led 16-13 at the second TTO. With Poland leading 17-14, a Polish service error and Thornton ace pulled the U.S. to within one. Poland was leading 18-17 when it scored on a U.S. service error and net violation to lead 20-17. Knipe called timeout and Lee responded with a block, but the damage was done. Poland took set point at 24-20 on a Kurek kill and won the set on a U.S. error. Anderson scored five points for the U.S. Poland led in kills 13-10 and in aces 2-1. The teams each had three blocks.

Poland took a 5-1 lead, scoring on two kills and a block along with two U.S. service errors, in the third set leading Knipe to call timeout. Stanley came back with a kill, but the U.S. could not score more than one point at a time and trailed 8-4 at the first TTO. After the break, the U.S. scored on Poland’s service error. The Europeans came back with a Bartman kill and ace to increase their lead to 10-5. Poland led 16-9 at the second TTO. With Poland leading 21-13, the U.S. scored three straight points, including a block from Millar, but Poland called its first timeout of the match and Rooney’s next serve went into the net. Poland led 22-18 and scored the final three points of the match on a kill, a block and a final kill.

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 2011
U.S. Men's Roster for Nov. 28
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)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13C Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Doctor: Scott Magness and William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Massage Therapist: Eli Evette
Scout Coach: Frank Ciarelli
Scout Coach: Andy Read

Qualified Teams

Team (Qualification Method, World Ranking as of Jan 15, 2011, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South America Champion, 1, 1)
Serbia (Europe Champion, 3, 5)
Cuba (NORCECA Champion, 4, 6)
Egypt (Africa Champion, 13, 12)
Iran (Asia Champion, 19, 14)
USA (NORCECA Runner Up, 5, 4)
Italy (Europe Runner Up, 6, 3)
Argentina (South America Runner Up, 8, 9)
China (Asia Runner Up, 11, 10)
Japan (Hosts, 14, 18)
Russia (Wild Card, 2, 2)
Poland (Wild Card, 10, 8)

To view current tournament standings, click here

Tournament Schedule (All times local except for U.S. matches in bold)

1st round
Nagoya (Site A)

1 SRB-ARG 20-Nov 11:00 Nagoya ARG def SRB, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
2 POL-CUB 20-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def CUB, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16
3 IRI-JPN 20-Nov 18:20 Nagoya IRI def JPN, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15
7 CUB-IRI 21-Nov 11:00 Nagoya CUB def IRI, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22
8 SRB-POL 21-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def SRB 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 30-28
9 ARG-JPN 21-Nov 18:20 Nagoya ARG def JPN 25-22, 21-25, 11-25, 25-15, 15-12
13 IRI-SRB 22-Nov 11:00 Nagoya IRI def SRB 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11
14 POL-ARG 22-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def ARG 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22
15 JPN-CUB 22-Nov 18:20 Nagoya CUB def JPN 25-21, 25-23, 25-22

Kagoshima (Site B)

4 CHN-USA 20-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima USA def. CHN 25-14, 25-23, 25-21
5 ITA-RUS 20-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima RUS def ITA 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21
6 EGY-BRA 20-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima BRA def EGY 25-19, 25-13, 25-19
10 EGY-ITA 21-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima ITA def EGY 25-22, 25-15, 25-20
11 BRA-USA 21-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima BRA def USA 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16
12 RUS-CHN 21-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def CHN 25-18, 25-20, 25-18
16 CHN-EGY 22-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima EGY def CHN 25-20, 25-20, 25-18
17 ITA-BRA 22-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima ITA def BRA 25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 22-20
18 USA-RUS 22-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def USA, 25-18, 25-19, 26-24

2nd round

Osaka (Site A)

19 ARG-CUB 24-Nov 11:00 Osaka ARG def CUB 17-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-17
20 POL-IRI 24-Nov 15:00 Osaka IRI def POL 23-25, 28-26, 8-25, 26-24, 15-11
21 SRB-JPN 24-Nov 18:20 Osaka SRB def JPN 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 15-12
25 IRI-ARG 25-Nov 11:00 Osaka IRI def ARG 15-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12
26 CUB-SRB 25-Nov 15:00 Osaka CUB def SRB 17-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17
27 JPN-POL 25-Nov 18:20 Osaka POL def JPN 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 18-25

Kumamoto (Site B)

22 EGY-USA 24-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto USA def EGY 25-19, 25-20, 25-20
23 BRA-RUS 24-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto BRA def RUS 25-16, 25-19, 25-22
24 ITA-CHN 24-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto ITA def CHN 25-10, 25-18, 25-14
28 RUS-EGY 25-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto RUS def EGY 25-18 25-17 23-25 25-9
29 CHN-BRA 25-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto BRA def CHN 23-25, 25-10, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8
30 USA-ITA 25-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto ITA def USA 41-39, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21

3rd round

Fukuoka (Site A)

31 IRI-USA 27-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka USA def IRI 25-15, 27-25, 25-14
32 POL-CHN 27-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka JPN def EGY 27-29, 25-17, 25-23, 25-12
33 JPN-EGY 27-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka JPN def EGY 27-29, 25-17, 25-23, 25-12
37 IRI-EGY 28-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka IRI def EGY 25-18 25-21 25-15
38 POL-USA 28-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka POL def USA 25-15, 25-20, 25-18
39 JPN-CHN 28-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
43 POL-EGY 29-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
44 IRI-CHN 29-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka Marine Messe Fukuoka
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 01:20 PT    

Hamamatsu (Site B)

34 SRB-RUS 27-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def SRB 25-16, 25-16, 25-15
35 ARG-BRA 27-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu BRA def ARG 25-22, 25-20, 25-21
36 CUB-ITA 27-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu CUB def ITA 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17
40 ARG-RUS 28-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def ARG 25-23, 25-22, 25-19
41 CUB-BRA 28-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu CUB def BRA 17-25 25-22 25-23 20-25 15-12
42 SRB-ITA 28-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
46 CUB-RUS 29-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
47 ARG-ITA 29-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
48 SRB-BRA 29-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena

4th round

Tokyo (Site A)

49 IRI-BRA 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
50 POL-ITA 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
51 JPN-RUS 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
55 IRI-RUS 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
56 POL-BRA 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
57 JPN-ITA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
61 POL-RUS 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
62 IRI-ITA 04-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
63 JPN-BRA 04-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium

Tokyo (Site B)

52 SRB-EGY 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
53 CUB-CHN 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 0:1:20 PT    
58 SRB-CHN 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
59 ARG-EGY 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 01:20 PT    
64 CUB-EGY 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
65 ARG-CHN 04-Dec 14:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec 17:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec midnight PT