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U.S. Men's Team Gobsmacks Great Britain

July 23, 2011, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team defeated host Great Britain on Saturday, 25-23, 25-10, 27-25 and will prepare for a final showdown with a young Brazilian team on Sunday at the London Volleyball International Invitational at Earls Court in Great Britain.

The U.S. Men improved their record to 3-1 while Great Britain fell to 1-3. The U.S. team is tied for the lead in the standings with Brazil and Serbia, as all have 3-1 records. However the U.S. holds the edge by having won the most sets.

Serbia plays Mexico on Sunday, while Brazil and the United States will meet in the tournament finale.

The U.S. Men were led by opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), who each finished with 15 points.

Both Patak and Anderson had 12 kills. Patak also had a match-high three aces. Anderson added two blocks and one ace.

Outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) added 11 points on nine kills and two blocks.

Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) started at setter and helped the United States to a 0.528 hitting efficiency and a 62.8 kill percent. Great Britain’s hitting efficiency was 0.444 and its kill percent was 50.0. The U.S. out-blocked Great Britain, 9-5 and had seven aces to Great Britain’s three.

Great Britain, as the 2012 Olympic host, is guaranteed a spot in the Games. Oluwadamilola Bakare led all scorers with 16 points on 12 kills, two blocks and two aces. Christopher Lamont added 13 points on 11 kill and two blocks.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) finished with seven points on five kills and two blocks. Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) totaled six points on three kills, one block and two aces.

Hansen finished with three points on one kill, one block and one ace. Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) had two points on one kill and one block. Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) scored one point with a kill.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe started Anderson and Tarr at outside hitter, Smith and Holmes at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Hansen at setter and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) was the U.S. libero.

Jablonsky, Troy, Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) all played as substitutes.

Great Britain held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set as the U.S. scored off two attacks by Patak, a kill and an ace from Anderson and a kill by Tarr, but also allowed Great Britain to score four points on errors. Great Britain increased its lead to two at 11-9 when the U.S. put together a run on four straight kills from Smith, Anderson, Patak and Anderson again to lead 13-11. Great Britain called timeout and Lamont scored on an attack. Anderson came back with a quick kill to make it 14-12. But Great Britain put together its own run, including two straight aces by Bakare, to lead 16-14 at the second TTO. A Tarr kill and Hansen ace tied the score at 16s. Britain came back with a kill from Joel Miller. But Miller came back with a service error and a Holmes quick kill and Tarr block put the U.S. back up by two at 19-17. Great Britain called timeout and the U.S. had a service error. But with the score tied at 20-20, the U.S. had another run on two Great Britain errors and a Patak ace to take the lead for good at 23-20. The U.S. reached set point on Britain’s service error and Patak won the set with an ace.

The U.S. raced to an 8-1 lead at the first TTO of the second set, scoring on two aces and a kill by Patak, two kills and a block from Tarr and an Anderson kill. The U.S. scoring barrage continued as it led 12-2, with Britain’s only scores coming on attacks by Bakare. The U.S. led 16-2 at the second TTO when Knipe took out Patak and replaced him with Troy. With the U.S. leading 21-6, Britain scored three straight points on a kill, a block and a U.S. error. But the run ended with Britain’s serving error. The U.S. scored the final three points of the set for the victory.

Britain regrouped and took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO of the third set as Smith had two kills and Patak and Anderson each scored on for the U.S. Britain increased its lead to 10-7 when the U.S. tied it on two kills by Anderson and one from Tarr. With the score tied at 11-11, Britain scored with two kills and a U.S. error to lead 14-11 and cause Knipe to call timeout. The strategy work as Britain had a service error. Britain still led by three at 20-17 when the U.S. got two straight points on Britain’s error and Anderson’s kill. Britain called timeout, but Anderson came back with a quick attack to tie the score at 20-20. With Britain leading 22-21, the U.S. got two straight points on a kill and block by Holmes. Bakare came back to tie it. The U.S. reached match point at 24-23 on a Jablonsky kill, but Britain fought it off with a kill. Patak gave the U.S. a second match point, but again Britain fought it off with a kill. Finally, a British serving error and Jablonsky block were enough to give the U.S. the victory.

London Volleyball International Invitational
July 20-24 at Earls Court in Great Britain

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
3. Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
10. Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13. Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
14. Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
19. Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Bill Neville
Assistant Coach:
Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Therapist/Trainer: Mike Sealy
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Place Team (Match record; points)
1. Brazil (3-0; 9)
2. USA (2-1; 6)
3. Serbia (2-1; 6)
4. Egypt (1-2; 3)
5. Great Britain (1-2; 3)
6. Mexico (0-3; 0)

Tournament Schedule and Results (all times PT)

July 20
Brazil def. Egypt, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16
Great Britain def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23
Serbia def. USA, 16-25, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24

July 21
USA def. Egypt, 25-23 25-17 25-21
Brazil def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14
Serbia def. Great Britain, 25-18, 25-14, 27-25

July 22
Egypt def. Serbia, 34-32, 25-16, 25-22
Brazil def. Great Britain, 25-19, 25-22, 25-12
USA def. Mexico, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18

July 23
Serbia def. Brazil, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18
Egypt def. Mexico, 25-23, 26-24, 25-17
USA def. Great Britain, 25-23, 25-10, 27-25

July 24
7 a.m. Mexico vs. Serbia
9 a.m. Egypt vs. Great Britain
11 a.m. USA vs. Brazil