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U.S. Men Defeat Canada, Win Pool B at NORCECA

Oct. 14, 2009, 10:31 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team defeated Canada 3-1 (21-15, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21) to win Pool B on Wednesday in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and advance to Friday’s semifinal round at the NORCECA Continental Championship.

The United States will play one of the winners of Thursday’s two quarterfinal matches, which will see Canada play the Dominican Republic while Puerto Rico faces Mexico.

The United States’ Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) led all scorers with 22 points on 17 kills, a match-high four blocks and one ace. Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added 19 points on 15 kills, three blocks and one ace. Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) contributed 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace.

Stephen Gotch led Canada with 20 points on a match-high 19 kills and one block.

“Canada showed good poise and consistency,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “I think the experience was the key for us and the biggest difference. The day off on Thursday will give us the chance to work together and analyze our next opponent.”

Among other U.S. scorers, David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored 12 points on nine kills, two blocks and one ace. Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) totaled 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied four points on two kills and two blocks.

The U.S. Men completed 62 of 109 kill attempts (57 percent) with 16 errors. Stanley completed 17 of 29 (59 percent) kill attempts with six errors. Priddy completed 11 of 21 attempts (52 percent) with five errors. Rooney completed 15 of 30 attempts (50 percent) with two errors.

Canada completed 55 of 113 kill attempts with 18 errors.

The U.S. Men out-blocked Canada 14-7 and had four aces while Canada had one.

The United States was credited with 50 excellent receptions on 78 attempts (63 percent) with just one error. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 15 excellents on 22 attempts (68 percent). Priddy was credited with 17 excellents on 26 attempts (65 percent) and Rooney was credited with 16 excellents on 25 attempts (64 attempts).

Hansen had 12 running sets and one fault on 91 attempts.

Knipe started Rooney and Priddy at outside hitter, Hein and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero. Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.), Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) played as substitutes.

Serving and attack errors hurt the U.S. Men early in the first set and Canada held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) with the U.S. scoring two kills by Stanley, two from Priddy and one from Lee. Team USA came back to lead 9-8 on a kill and a block by Hein and eventually led 11-9 after a kill by Rooney and a Lee block. Trailing 11-13, Canada scored three straight points on a U.S. serving error and two straight blocks to go ahead 14-13. The teams battle back and forth, with the United States holding a 16-15 lead at the second TTO. The U.S. gained a 19-18 advantage on a Rooney kill, but Canada scored the next four straight points on two U.S. errors and two kills. Knipe called timeout, but Canada went ahead 23-19 on another U.S. error. Lee finally stopped the bleeding with a kill. But Canada reached set point first with a kill. Stanley made it 24-21 with a kill. But Canada ended it with a final attack.

Team USA bounced back in the second set and held an 8-6 lead at the first TTO, scoring on two kills by Hein along with one each from Rooney, Stanley and Lee and three Canadian serving errors. Another Lee kill and a Hansen block gave the United States a 10-6 lead and Canada called timeout. Team Canada responded with a kill, but the United States came back with three more straight points on kills by Hansen and Priddy and Lee’s ace. Team USA’s lead was 16-10 at the second TTO and a 4-1 U.S. run made it 20-11. The United States reached set point first at 24-16. A kill by Nathan Groenveld, who had come in as a substitute for Canada, make it 24-17, but Priddy sealed the victory with a kill.

The United States kept up the momentum in the third set and took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO, scoring on two kills each from Stanley and Lee and one each from Hein and Priddy. Team USA led by four at the second TTO, 16-12. Later, with the U.S. leading 18-13, Canada scored three straight points, causing Knipe to call a timeout. The United States responded with three straight points of its own, including a Priddy kill and Lee block. Team USA reached set point first at 24-19, but then gave up three straight points on two U.S. errors and a Canadian ace. Knipe called timeout and Rooney ended the matter with a kill.

Team USA led 8-4 in the fourth set, scoring on four kills and an ace from Stanley along with kills from Hein and Rooney. Canada came back to make it 8-6 before the United States scored three more straight points. Canada called timeout and got a point on a Gotch kill, but the damage was done and the United States led 16-11 at the second TTO. With the U.S. up 17-12, Canada scored three straight points to pull within two. However the U.S. scored twice on a Stanley kill and Canadian error to maintain its lead. Team USA was leading 22-20 when Rooney used two straight kills to reach match point. Canada called timeout and scored on a kill, but a final Rooney kill gave the victory to the United States.

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NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship
Oct. 12-17 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

U.S. Men’s Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)

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 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Palmdale, Calif., BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 Tom Hoff (MB, 6-8, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
16 Andy Hein (MB, 611, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
17 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe
Team Manager: Bill Neville
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato
Therapist/Trainer: Charlie Sullivan
Team Doctor: Andrew Gregory
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Medical Support: Aaron Brock

Pool Play Results
Group A
Oct. 12
Cuba def. Dominican Republic, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14
Puerto Rico def. Barbados, 25-9, 25-16, 25-18
Oct. 13
Cuba def. Barbados, 25-10, 25-11, 25-16
Puerto Rico def. Dominican Republic, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19
Oct. 14
Dominican Republic def. Barbados, 21-15, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21
Cuba def. Puerto Rico, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20

Group B
Oct. 12
USA def. Mexico, 25-15, 28-26, 25-16
Canada def. Panama, 25-13, 25-23, 25-19
Oct. 13
Canada def. Mexico, 21-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-12
USA def. Panama, 25-13, 25-15, 25-8
Oct. 14
Mexico def. Panama, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21
USA def. Canada, 21-15, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21

Group A Standings
Cuba 3-0
Puerto Rico 2-1
Dominican Republic 1-2
Barbados 0-3

Group B Standings
USA 3-0
Canada 2-1
Mexico 1-2
Panama 0-3

Oct. 15 Quarterfinals
3 p.m. Canada vs. Dominican Republic
5 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. Mexico