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U.S. Men's Update: Go Above the Net

Nov. 11, 2013, 4:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 11, 2013) – U.S. middle blocker Max Holt, who is listed at 6 feet, 9 inches, used a GoPro camera to give viewers an idea of what it is like to get your arms over the net.

Jayson Jablonsky attacks for his French team Tours in the Champions League
   Jayson Jablonsky attacks during the CEV Champions League.

Photographer Suzie Houseworth posted the video. You can check it out at youtube.com/watch?v=1F9P8iSoDaM&feature=youtu.be.

Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) returned to the United States from his Russian club team Dinamo Moscow to train with the U.S. Men’s National team in Anaheim, Calif., before traveling to Japan for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Nov. 19-24.


U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) has joined Transfer Bydgoszcz in Poland’s Plus Liga.

He made his debut with the team on Nov. 8, as Bydgoszcz fell to Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle, 25-23, 20-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-10. Clark led all scorers with 22 points on 19 kills and three aces.

U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) started the third set and substituted in two others, scoring five points as his Polish team Asseco Resovia fell to PGE Skra Bełchatów on Nov. 9, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12.


France’s Tours, which includes middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), is undefeated in the Champions League at 3-0 in pool play.

Tours got its third win on Nov. 5 when it defeated Slovenia’s ACH Volley Ljubljana, 23-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-17. Smith finished with nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace. Jablonsky started the first two sets and scored six points on six kills.

Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and Italy’s Diatec Trentino are also undefeated at 3-0 in Pool D. On Nov. 6, Trentino defeated Turkey’s Arkas Izmir, 25-15, 25-21, 25-13. Suxho started all three sets and scored one point on one kill while setting his team to a kill percent of 60.7.

Also in Pool D, Setter Kawika Shoji, outside hitter Scott Touzinsky and Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys improved to 2-1 with a 22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 win over Switzerland’s Energy Investments Lugano on Nov. 6. 

Touzinsky scored seven points on seven kills and was also credited with 24 receptions, 75 percent positive. Shoji scored seven points, including a match high four aces along with two kills and set the team to a 57.3 kill percent.

Russia’s Zenit Kazan, which includes outside hitter Matt Anderson(West Seneca, N.Y.), has also improved to 2-1 in pool play with a 25-14, 19-25, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Austria’s Posojilnica AICH/DOB on Nov. 6.

Anderson led all scorers with 23 points on 12 kills, a match-high four blocks and a match-high seven aces.
Outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Belgium’s Noliko Maaseik are 1-2 after falling to Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus on Nov. 6, 28-26, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23. Menzel started three out of four sets and scored 12 points on 11 kills and one block.


Smith, Jablonsky and Tours defeated Narbonne, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18 on Nov. 9. Jablonsky finished with seven points on five attacks and two blocks. Smith played as a substitute and did not score.

Middle blocker Futi Tavana(Kalaheo, Hawaii) scored four points on three kills and one block as his team Toulouse fell to Ajaccio, 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 on Nov. 9.

Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and St-Nazaire fell to Montpellier, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 on Nov. 9. Troy scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block.


Menzel and Noliko Maaseik defeated VDK Gent on Nov. 9, 25-13, 25-18, 25-22. Menzel scored 11 points on eight kills, one block and two aces.