COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 10, 2015) – Outside hitter Paul Lotman is playing for the wonderfully named Berlin Recycling Volleys this winter in Germany. Here are the five things you might not know about Olympian Paul Lotman:
- He started playing volleyball in high school to improve his jumping for basketball. He ended up quitting basketball.
- He was a walk-on, red-shirt freshman at Long Beach State and used to shag balls and wipe the floors at practice.
- As a senior, he was named the AVCA co-Player of the Year in 2008 along with Matt Anderson and was an AVCA first team All-American. Until 2008, Lotman had never made the AVCA All-American list.
- The Polish team Asseco Resovia Rzeszow won the league championship three out of the four years Lotman played with it. The fourth year, it finished second.
- Look carefully for him in team photos. He will be in the front row, flexing his arm.
In league play, Lotman was the second-leading scorer for Berlin as it defeated CV Mitteldeutschland, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24 on Dec. 5. Lotman finished with 11 points on seven kills, two blocks and two aces. He was also credited with 11 receptions, 36 percent positive. Libero Erik Shoji, who also plays for Berlin, was credited with nine receptions, 44 percent positive.
The SWD powervolleys Duren, including setter Matt West, defeated VSG Coburg/Grub and Americans Dylan Davis and Ryan Thompson, 20-25, 27-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11 on Dec. 5. West played as a substitute for Duren and Thompson subbed for Coburg/Grub. At middle blocker, Davis finished with 11 points on six kills, three blocks and two aces.
SVG Luneburg, with middle blocker Scott Kevorken, beat Netzhoppers KW-Bestensee, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 on Dec. 5. Kevorken scored eight points on six kills, one block and one ace.
Setter Graham McIlvaine and TV Ingersoll Buhl beat VfB Friedrichshafen, 20-25, 30-28, 25-23, 22-25, 15-11 on Dec. 5. McIlvaine scored three points on two kills and one block and also set Buhl to .377 hitting efficiency. Americans Peter Russell and Daniel Tublin played for Buhl as substitutes.
In the German Cup tournament being played this week, Lotman, Shoji and Berlin won their semifinal match on Dec. 10 over United Volleys Rhein/Main and will face McIlvaine, Russell and Tublin and TV Ingersohl Buhl in the final on Feb. 28.
Shoji was named the MVP of Berlin’s 3-2 semifinal victory. He was credited with 20 receptions, 70 percent positive. Lotman scored 19 points on 17 kills and two aces and was also credited with 39 receptions, 64 percent positive.
Buhl beat Luneburg, 3-1 in their semifinal on Dec. 9. McIlvaine scored nine points on four kills, three blocks and two aces. He also set Buhl to a .380 hitting efficiency. Russell played as a substitute and scored two points on a kill and an ace.
Despite only starting the final three sets (and subbing in the first two), opposite Murphy Troy led Lotos Trefl Gdansk with 29 points on 28 kills and one ace as it defeated AZS Politechnika Warszawska, 26-28, 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 15-10 on Dec. 9.
Middle blocker Russell Holmes scored nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace as his Polish team Asseco Resovia Rzeszow fell to Cerrad Czarni Radom, 27-25, 21-25, 18-25, 27-25, 15-10 on Dec. 8.
Setter Micah Christenson and Cucine Lube Banca Marche Civitanova won two matches in a row over the last week. On Dec. 6, Civitanova beat Exprivia Molfetta, 30-28, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22. Christenson scored six points on two kills, two blocks and two aces. He set his team to a .611 hitting efficiency. On Dec. 8, Civitanova defeated Gi Group Monza, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22. Christenson scored five points on three kills and two blocks. He set his team to a .500 hitting efficiency.
On Dec. 8, outside hitter Aaron Russell was named the match MVP as Sir Safety Perugia defeated LPR Piacenza, 25-18, 25-15, 25-21. Russell led all scorers with 17 points on 16 kills and one ace. He was also credited with 11 receptions, 27 percent positive. Outside hitter Sam Holt played as a substitute and scored one point on a kill. On Dec. 6, Perugia fell to DHL Modena, 25-19, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23. Russell scored 17 points on 14 kills, two blocks and one ace. Holt played as a substitute.
On Dec. 6, outside hitter Taylor Sander led all scorers with 14 points on 12 kills and two blocks as Calzedonia Verona beat CMC Romagna, 27-25, 25-23, 29-27. Sander was credited with 16 receptions, 50 percent positive. On Dec. 8, Verona fell to Diatec Trentino, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 27-25, 15-10. Sander scored 13 points on 12 kills and one block. He was credited with 33 receptions, 45 percent positive.
Outside hitter Matt Anderson and Zenit Kazan won their last two matches. On Dec. 5, Kazan beat Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, 25-20, 25-20, 26-24. Anderson scored 11 points on 10 kills and one ace. He was credited with 17 receptions, 65 percent positive. On Dec. 9, Kazan beat Fakel Novyy Urengoy, 23-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16. Anderson scored fourteen points 11 kills, one block and two aces. He was credited with 23 receptions, 39 percent positive.
Setter Kawika Shoji and Arkas Spor defeated Galatasaray HDI Sigorta, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19 on Dec. 5. Shoji scored four points on two kills, one block and one ace and set his team to a .411 hitting efficiency.
Opposite Will Price scored nine points on seven kills and two blocks as Istanbul BBSK defeated Inegol Bld., 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19 on Dec. 5.
Middle blocker David Smith and Tours defeated libero Dustin Watten and Nancy, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 on Dec. 9. Smith scored four points on three kills and a block. Watten was credited with 12 receptions, 67 percent positive.
On Dec. 8, outside hitter Scott Rhein and Chaumont fell to Lyon, 25-15, 15-25, 27-25, 20-25, 15-12. Rhein scored seven points on six kills and one block. He was credited with 21 receptions, 38 percent positive.