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Veteran Team Victorious in Exhibition

May 21, 2011, 11 p.m. (ET)

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (May 21, 2011) – A Blue Team of veteran players defeated a Red Team of newer players, 25-18, 25-14, 25-21, at the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team’s Red versus Blue Intra-squad Exhibition on Saturday at JSerra High School.

The match was a final U.S. warm-up for the team, which will leave Tuesday for Poland where it will begin its 2011 FIVB World League campaign.

“I think this was an ideal venue and atmosphere for our final World League tune-up,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.). “It’s great for our players and staff to have the support of our family, friends and fans before we leave for a long road trip.”

The starting Blue Team, which was coached by Knipe, included six Olympians: outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), middle blockers David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.). Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) was the lone Blue Team newcomer who started.

Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) also played with the Blue Team and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) switched from Red to Blue in the third set to replace Priddy, who had to leave early for a family event.

The Blue Team had a hitting percentage of 0.45; the Red Team’s was 0.30. The Blue Team out-blocked the Red Team, 13-5 and had seven aces while the Red Team was credited with two.

Priddy and Lee led the Blue Team with 14 points each. Priddy scored on nine kills (0.9 hitting percentage), two blocks and a match-high three aces. He was credited with 13 receptions, 54 percent positive and 46 percent excellent.

Lee scored on eight kills (0.73 hitting percentage), a match-high five blocks and one ace.

Anderson added 13 points on a match-high 11 kills (0.55 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. He was credited with 17 receptions (one error), 59 percent positive and 35 percent excellent.

Among other Blue Team scorers, Stanley scored nine points on six kills, one block and two aces. Millar scored four points on three kills and one block. Lotman scored three points on three kills and Suxho totaled two points on two blocks. Smith had one point on a block.

Lambourne was credited with six receptions (one error), 83 percent positive and 33 percent excellent.

The starting Red Team, coached by U.S. Men’s Assistant Coach Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)  consisted of Lotman and Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) at outside hitter, Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) at middle blocker, Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) at opposite, Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) at setter and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) at libero.

Outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) substituted and started the third set for Lotman. Setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) started the second set for Winder.

Holt led the Red Team with nine points on seven kills (0.67 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. Patak added eight points on seven kills (0.35 hitting percentage) and one block.

Before defecting to the Blue Team, Lotman scored six points on five kills and one block. He was also credited with 17 receptions (four errors) that were 29 percent positive. Jablonsky scored five points on four kills and one block. He was credited with 17 receptions (two errors), 53 percent positive and 24 percent excellent.

Touzinsky scored one point on one kill.

The Blue Team of veterans took control in the first set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead, including three kills by Stanley, an ace and kill from Priddy, a kill and block by Lee and a kill from Anderson. The Red Team was down 9-3 when it scored two points behind Holmes’ serve and a Patak kill. After a quick kill from Priddy, the Red Team scored two more points in a row on kills from Lotman to pull to within three at 10-7. With the Blue Team leading 14-9, the Red Team scored twice to pull to within three points at 14-11. But the Blue Team came back with a five-point run including a block and kill from Anderson, a block by Suxho and a kill from Stanley to lead 19-11. The Red Team put together one more three-point rally on two Blue Team errors and a Lotman kill, but that would be the last rally it could muster as Priddy closed out the set with an ace.

Millar helped the Blue Team take a 3-1 lead in the second set with a kill and a block. However, the Red Team eventually tied the score at 4-4. A Priddy kill put the Blue Team up 5-4, but the Red Team took the 6-5 lead on a Lotman kill and block. However the lead was short-lived as Suxho took the serve and helped the Blue Team score eight-straight points, including three kills and a block from Priddy along with a kill from Anderson and a block by Lee. The rally ended with a quick kill by Holt, but the damage was done as the Blue Team led 13-7. It extended the lead to 15-7 before the Red Team could manage a three-point run on a kill and ace from Holt and kill from Jablonsky. The Blue Team led 16-10 at the second technical timeout and the Red Team could never again put together a run of more than one point.

The Blue Team took a 5-1 lead in the third set, including two kills, a block and an ace by Lee and a kill from Anderson. Patak had the Red Team’s lone point. The Red Team pulled to within one at 5-4 on two Blue Team errors and a Holt bock. But the Blue Team went into the first technical timeout with an 8-4 lead, which it extended to 10-5, including two straight aces from Stanley and a kill and ace by Anderson. The Red Team pulled to within three points at 10-7 on kills by Holt and Touzinsky, but it could never work its way any closer than three points until toward the end of the match when the Blue Team held a 21-17 lead and Holmes and Patak scored with kills to make it 21-19. Lee and Stanley came back with a kill and block to make the score 23-19, the Red Team called timeout, but Smith’s block of Patak brought match point.  The Red Team held off the loss for two serves, including a Holt kill, before Anderson ended the match with a kill.


Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Poland at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates are available at the Sears Centre Arena Box Office (5333 Prairie Stone Parkway), online at SearsCentre.com or by calling (888) SEARSTIX (732-7784).

Tickets to see the U.S. Men take on world No. 1 Brazil in Tulsa at the Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa are available online at TulsaHurricane.com. Tickets are available at the box office (800 South Tucker Drive) by calling (918) 631-4688 or in person (office hours 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday).

Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Puerto Rico on July 1-2 (7 p.m. PT both nights) at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach can be purchased by visiting the Long Beach State athletics web site, by calling the ticket office at (562) 985-4949 or by visiting the box office (open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. starting June 6; the address is 1250 Bellflower Blvd.).

For more information, visit the USA Volleyball World League web site.

2011 FIVB World League 20-Player Preliminary Roster

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 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
11 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Gabe Gardner (Opp, 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
19 Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
20 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

U.S. Men’s Schedule for the 2011 FIVB World League

Continental Round (pool play)
Date: May 27-28
Opponent: Poland
Location: Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland

Date: June 3-4
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Brazil
Location: Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Date: June 17-18 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Poland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. – BUY TICKETS

Date: June 24-25 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Brazil
Location: Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa (Okla.) - BUY TICKETS

Date: July 1-2 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. - BUY TICKETS

Final Round
Date: July 6-10
Opponent: Teams must qualify
Location: Gdansk-Sopot, Poland