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U.S. Men Grind out Victory over Poland

June 18, 2011, 11:16 p.m. (ET)

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (June 18, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team found a way to win and took a 25-21, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Poland in front of 6,000 fans in an FIVB World League match on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena.

The United States regained its hold on second place in Group A and improved its record to 5-3. Poland falls to 4-4. The U.S. will travel to Tulsa, Okla., for its next two matches against world No. 1 Brazil on June 24-25.

Poland led in kills, 49-39. Poland’s hitting efficiency was 0.284 and its kill percent was 45.9. The United States’ hitting efficiency was 0.282 and its kill percent was 37.9.

But errors proved to be Poland’s undoing, as the U.S. scored on 36 Poland errors while committing 21. Poland had 18 attack errors while the U.S. had 10. Poland had 15 service errors while the U.S. had 11.

“I don’t think either team looked fresh,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “I think we did a good job of grinding it out. It was not very pretty.”

"We made a lot of mistakes, especially in the fourth set," Poland Head Coach Andrea Anastasi said. "It's terrible really."

In the fourth set, the teams were tied at 19-19 when the U.S. Men went up by two on a Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) kill and Poland’s hitting error. Poland called timeout, but had two more hitting errors to give the U.S. a 23-19 lead. Poland called timeout again and the U.S. served into the net. A kill by David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) gave the U.S. match point at 24-20. Poland came back with two points before hitting it out of bounds to give the U.S. Men the win.

Anderson, who started at outside hitter, led all scorers with 20 points on 16 kills, three blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) added 10 points on six kills, two blocks and two aces.

Zbigniew Bartman led Poland with 19 points on a match-high 18 kills and one block. Piotr Nowakowski added 15 points on 12 kills, one block and two aces.

The teams were tied in blocks 11-11 and Poland led in kills 49-39. Poland also led in aces 5-4. The teams were tied in digs 43-43.

Among other U.S. scorers, opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored nine points on eight kills and one block. Lee at middle blocker finished with eight points on four kills, three blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), who started instead of Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah), scored five points on four kills and one block.

Setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) scored two points on a kill and a block. He was credited with 17 assists and no errors.

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with 11 digs on 14 attempts. Stanley was credited with 10 digs on 14 attempts.

Knipe started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Thornton at setter and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) played libero.

Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) played as serving substitutes. Millar also played as a substitute.

The U.S. took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, getting points on two blocks and a kill from Anderson as well as a kill by Holmes and a block from Lee. Poland’s Kurek took control for his team, scoring on a kill and block. Piotr Nowakowski had an ace. The U.S. serving was more powerful early in the match than on Friday while Poland struggled with service errors. Poland came back with a kill after the break and the teams exchanged points until Poland’s serving error gave Priddy the serve and the U.S. went on a 3-0 run including an ace and a block and kill by Lee to lead 14-9. With the U.S. leading 15-10, Poland scored on a Bartman and U.S. hitting error. But Poland’s serving error gave the U.S. a 16-12 lead at the second TTO. Poland scored twice on a Bartman kill and Nowakowski block to pull within two at 16-14, but Anderson took the serve with a kill and the U.S. scored with an ace, causing Anastasi to call timeout. However Poland’s hitting error gave the U.S. a 20-14 lead before a U.S. serving error ended the run. Poland scored another point to make it 20-16 and cause Knipe to call timeout. The strategy worked and the U.S. scored on Poland’s serving error. The U.S. reached set point on a kill by Priddy. Jakub Jarosz scored on a kill before Lee ended the set with a kill. Anderson had seven points in the set. Bartman led Poland with four. Poland had 11 kills to the United States’ 8. The U.S. out-blocked Poland 6-4.

Poland regained momentum in the second set and jumped out to a 6-1 lead thanks to a kill and block by Kurek, block by Ruciak and ace from Nowakowski. Knipe called timeout, but Kurek made it 7-1 with another kill before Stanley ended the run with a kill. The U.S. scored again on Poland’s error, but Poland took the 8-3 lead at the first TTO on Bartman’s kill. Poland continued to dominate and led 16-8 at the second TTO. With Poland leading 19-12, it scored on a Bartman kill and ace from Nowakowski. Knipe called timeout and Stanley scored with a kill, but the Poland lead was 21-13. The teams exchanged points until Bartman gave Poland set point with a tip and Nowakowski won the set with a kill. Bartman had six points in the set for Poland.

The teams opened the third set even, but at 3-3, a Priddy kill gave the U.S. an edge and Thornton followed with a block and Poland’s hitting error made it 6-3. Marcin Mozdaonek ended the run with a strike and the teams traded points until the U.S. held an 8-5 lead at the first TTO, scoring on a Stanley kill. Priddy came out of the break with an ace and the U.S. later increased its lead to 11-6 on an Anderson kill. The teams again traded points until the U.S. led 14-10 and Priddy used two straight kills to give the U.S. a 16-10 lead at the second TTO. Following the break, Poland hit wide and Anastasi called another timeout. However two straight blocks from Stanley and Priddy put the U.S. up by nine and a Poland hitting error made it 20-10 before Nowakowski scored with a kill and Zygadlo followed with a strike. With the U.S. leading 22-14, Poland scored on a kill and two U.S. errors to make it 22-16. Knipe called timeout and Holmes came back with a kill. Poland called timeout and Anderson answered with a kill to give the U.S. set point at 24-17. A U.S. service error held off the victory but Anderson’s kill gave the U.S. the 2-1 set lead. Anderson had seven points for the U.S. in the set.

Poland took a 5-3 lead to open the fourth set, including two blocks, leading the U.S. to call timeout. Anderson came back with a kill and the teams traded points until Poland led 7-5. Two straight kills by Anderson and Stanley tied it at 7-7. Nowakowski gave Poland the 8-7 lead at the first TTO with a kill. Coming out of the break, Poland scored three straight points on two kills and a U.S. error causing the U.S. to call timeout. Poland’s next serve went long. Later, with Poland leading 14-10, the U.S. got two points from an Anderson kill and Lee ace to pull to within two. A Holmes kill and Stanley ace tied the score at 15-15. The teams were still tied at 19-19 when the U.S. went up by two on Anderson’s kill and Poland’s hitting error. Poland called timeout, but had two more hitting errors to give the U.S. a 23-19 lead. Poland called timeout again and the U.S. served into the net. A Lee kill gave the U.S. match point at 24-20. Poland came back with two points before Poland hit it out to give the U.S. the win

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2011 FIVB World League
12-Player Roster for June 17 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
(12-player rosters for each match are announced shortly prior)

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 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)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-7, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: John Hawks (Huntington Beach, Calf.)
Assistant Coach:
Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Doctor: Michael Terry (Burr Ridge, Ill.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool A Standings
Team record (points)
1. Brazil 6-1 (18)
2. USA 5-3 (15)
3. Poland 4-4 (12)
4. Puerto Rico 0-7 (0)

U.S. Schedule and Results

Date: May 27-28
Opponent: Poland
Location: Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland
May 27: Poland def. USA, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19
May 28: USA def. Poland, 25-22, 25-19, 37-35

Date: June 3-4
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico
June 3: USA def. Puerto Rico, 24-26, 29-27, 25-17, 25-17
June 4: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-12

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Brazil
Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
June 11: Brazil def. USA, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21
June 12: USA def. Brazil, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24

Date: June 17-18 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Poland
June 17: Poland def. USA, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20
June 18: USA def. Poland, 25-21, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22

Date: June 24-25 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Brazil
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
Date: July 6-10
Opponent: Teams must qualify
Location: Gdansk-Sopot, Poland