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U.S. Men's Update: What's Next?

Jan. 10, 2012, 9:01 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 11, 2011) – A sixth-place finish at the FIVB World Cup means the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team still needs to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The team’s first opportunity to do this will come in May at the NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifier. The event site and exact dates have yet to be determined. Only the NORCECA winner would qualify.

Should the U.S. Men not qualify at NORCECA, then they would most likely be invited to one of three FIVB four-team qualifying tournaments to be held in Japan, Italy and Germany on June 8-10.

The 2012 Olympic Games will be July 27-Aug. 12. Indoor volleyball will be contested at Earls Court is in west London.

The U.S. Men will have a winter training block that will begin Feb. 27. The spring/summer block will begin in April as soon as the players return from their overseas teams.


An adjustment to the FIVB World Rankings has resulted in the U.S. Men dropping from fifth to sixth in the world.

The revised ranking come after the alteration of percentage points in continental championships (50 percent to 100 percent), the FIVB Volleyball World Championships (100 percent to 75 percent) and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (50 per cent to 25 percent). It also takes into account the results at the FIVB Volleyball World Cup 2011 in Japan.
The new men’s volleyball top 10 is now

  1. Brazil
  2. Russia
  3. Italy
  4. Poland
  5. Cuba
  6. USA
  7. Serbia
  8. Argentina
  9. Bulgaria
  10. China


Here are the updated men’s volleyball international transfers for 2012:

Adler, Matt VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria
Ammerman, Ryan Copra Volley Piacenza SRL Italy
Anderson, Matthew Pallavolo Modena SSDRL Italy
Ball, Lloy Ural Ufa Russia
Billings, Brook Istanbul BBSK Turkey
Bittner II, Dean VBK Tierp Sweden
Bourne, Tri Carolina Nuevos Gigantes Puerto Rico
Brunner, Theodore CMC Ravena Italy
Budinger Jr., Duncan Raision Loimu Finland
Burik, Mark Ok Miadost Marina Kastela Croatia
Burrow, Ryan VC Amstetten Austria
Ching, Tony Mayaguez Indios Puerto Rico
Deimeke, Joseph Evivo Dueren Germany
Denmark, Matthew VfB Friedrichshafen Germany
Devany, Vincenzo VC Gotha Germany
Durbin, Patrick Perungan Pojat Finland
Dusharme, Mark GAS Pamvochaikos Greece
Dyer, Brennon VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria
Einhorn, Austin TSV Husum 1875 e.V. Germany
Fabry, Daniel VBK Tierp Sweden
Friend, Kyle TSV Giesen/48 Hildesheim Germany
Gramit, Kyle Falkenberg VBK Sweden
Hansen, Kevin Arkas Spor Turkey
Hein, Andrew Lausanne Universite Club Switzerland
Hickerson, Bryce ABC Titans Berg. Land Germany
Holmes, Russell KS Jastrzebski Wegiel SA Poland
Holt, Maxwell Copra Volley Piacenza SRL Italy
Huberty, Ryan UVC Ried/Innkreis Austria
Jablonsky, Jayson Saems Tourcoing VB France
Kehoe Jr., Steven Isku-Volley Tampere Finland
Kellum, Daniel Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Klanac, John RWE Volleys Bottrop Germany
Klein, Joseph Abiant Lycurgus Netherlands
Kneubuhl, Isaac VC Gotha Germany
Lee, David Dinamo Moscow Russia
Lipsitz, Max Mayaguez Indios Puerto Rico
Lotman, Paul Resovia SA Rzeszow Poland
Masterson, Kyle Waremme Belgium
Mathews, Daniel Chenois Volleyball Club Switzerland
May, Timothy Adjuntas Volleyball Club Puerto Rico
McKibbin, Riley Umbria Volley srl Italy
McKienzie, David Kuwait Sporting Club Kuwait
McKniff, Kevin Guaynabo Los Mets Puerto Rico
Menzel, Jeffrey C.V. Almeria Spain
Millar, Ryan Lokomotiv Nobosibirsk Russia
Moore, Jacob UVC Ried/Innkreis Austria
Morice, Michael Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Muagututia, Garrett Raision Loimu Finland
Murray, Luke Ponce Leones Puerto Rico
Olree, Pieter Al Ain Club United Arab Emirates
Patak, Evan Umbria Volley SRL Italy
Patterson, Casey Corozal Plataneros Puerto Rico
Price, William GFCO Ajaccio VB France
Priddy, William Zenit Kazan Russia
Proper, Matthew Naranjito Changos Puerto Rico
Ptak, Jeffrey Al Jazira United Arab Emirates
Ptaschinski, Nick TSV Giesen/48 Hildesheim Germany
Ratajczak, Jacek VC Gotha Germany
Reinholm, Cole VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria
Rester, Austin Adjuntas Volleyball Club Puerto Rico
Ribeiro, Mark Mayaguez Indios Puerto Rico
Riecks, Cory TV Buhl Germany
Riley, Joshua VBK Tierp Sweden
Romero, Evan Lausanne Universite Club Switzerland
Rooney, Sean Gabeca Pallavolo SPA Italy
Rosener, Jacob Vingakers VK Sweden
Salmon, Riley Corozal Plataneros Puerto Rico
Sauro, Michael Oslo Volley Norway
Schardt, Christopher Orkelljunga VK Sweden
Scheftic, Nick VC Brixental Austria
Scott, Damien Guaynabo Los Mets Puerto Rico
Scott, Jonathan DJK Delbruck Germany
Shoji, Kawika SCC Berlin Germany
Smith, David Tours Volley-ball France
Stafford, Ryan Avignon VB France
Stanley, Clayton Ural Ufa Russia
Stewart, Andrew Lausanne Universite Club Switzerland
Suxho, Donald Volley Treviso S.P.A. Italy
Tarr, Robert AS Cannes VB France
Thornton, Brian KS Jastrzebski Wegiel SA Poland
Toppel, Curt AE Karava Lambousa Cyprus
Touzinsky, Scott Fajardo Cariduros Puerto Rico
Troy, Murphy Top Volley SRL Italy
Vance, Eric A.S. Orange Nassau France
Varee, Jordan Carolina Nuevos Gigantes Puerto Rico
Walker, Joshua Bani Yas United Arab Emirates
Watten, Dustin Raision Loimu Finland
Webber, James A.D. Club Voleibol Teruel Spain
Werle, Matthew Naranjito Changos Puerto Rico
Wiens, Jacob Abiant Lycurgus Netherlands
Wilson, Taylor Hylte VBK Sweden
Winder, Jonathan Saems Tourcoing VB France
Wooldridge, Eric Kokkolan Tiikerit Finland
Yhost, Jason Union Supervolley Enns Austria
Yoder, Cory Ponce Leones Puerto Rico
Zahn, Austin C.V. Almeria Spain
Zornig, Jeff VBK WSL Klagenfurt Austria


U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) has joined Italy’s Serie A League and is playing for Energy Resources San Giustino. He will be looking to improve the team’s standing from its current position in 13th place.

In the team’s 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 loss to Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia on Sunday (Jan. 8), Patak started all three sets and finished with nine points on eight kills (50 kill percent and .44 hitting efficiency) and one block. American Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) started the first two sets at setter for San Giustino.

Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and his team Casa Modena sit in fourth place in the Italian league after a 24-26, 19-25, 25-20, 28-26, 18-16 defeat of M. Roma Volley on Sunday. Anderson led his team with 22 points on 17 kills (43 kill percent and .35 hitting efficiency) and five aces.

Sisley Belluno and U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) are in fifth place in the Italian league. They swept Andreoli Latina and U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) on Sunday, 27-25, 25-23, 25-19.

Suxho started all three sets and had two points on two blocks and set his team to a 49.4 kill percent and a .45 hitting efficiency. Troy played as a substitute but did not score. Andreoli Latina is in ninth place in the league.

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) and Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza sit in sixth place in the league. Monza Brianza fell to Itas Diadec Trentino on Sunday, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16, 26-24. Rooney started all four sets and scored 11 points on nine kills (39.1 kill percent and .35 hitting efficiency) and two blocks.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza are in 12th place and defeated Fidia Padova, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 on Sunday.

Holt started all five sets and scored six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace.

Next Sunday’s (Jan. 15) match between Rooney and Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza versus Fidia Padova can be seen live at 9 a.m. PT by visiting www.sportube.tv/onair/.


Teams with U.S. players are leading both divisions of the Russian Super League.

Zenit Kazan with U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) leads the East division. Most recently the team defeated Fakel Novy Urengoi, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 on Jan. 7. Priddy started all four sets and finished with nine points on nine attacks (52.9 kill percent and .47 hitting efficiency).

Dinamo Moscow with U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) leads the West division. Lee did not play in the team’s 3-0 victory on Jan. 7. But he did start all four sets of its 25-22, 25-18, 26-28, 25-22 win over Dinamo Krasnodar on Jan. 4. Lee finished with six points on four kills and two blocks.

U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) has left Ural Ufa to rehabilitate an injury in the United States. Setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) continues to play for Ufa, which fell to Lokomotiv Novosibirsk on Jan. 7, 27-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18.

Ball started all four sets and scored four points on one kill, one block and two aces. He also set his team to a 50.0 kill percent and a 0.448 hitting efficiency. U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) plays for Novosibirsk, but was not on the roster for the match. He has been playing in Novosibirsk’s CEV Champions League matches (see below).


U.S. outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and his Plus Liga team Asseco Resovia Rzeszów sit in third place in the Polish league with a 7-3 record, just ahead of fourth-place Jastrzębski Węgiel, which includes middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.).

The teams played their last regular-season matches in December. Since then, they have been competing in the Cup of Poland tournament. Both teams have advanced to the semifinals on Jan. 21 where Jastrzębski Węgiel will go up against league-leading ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów will play PGE Skra Bełchatów, which is in second place in the league.

The teams played each other on Dec. 17 with Jastrzębski Węgiel winning, 25-15, 25-13, 16-25, 26-24. Holmes started all four sets for the winner, scoring seven points on three kills, three blocks and one ace. Thornton played as a substitute. Lotman started the first set for his team and scored one point on one attack. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here.

The following week, on Dec. 29, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów swept Indykpol AZS UWM Olsztyn, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15. Lotman started all three sets and scored seven points on four attacks, one block and two aces.

On Dec. 30, Jastrzębski Węgiel defeated Tytan AZS Częstochowa, 25-19, 25-15, 25-22. Holmes started all three sets and scored six points on four kills, one block and one ace. Thornton started all three sets and scored one point with an ace. He set the team to a 51.6 kill percent and a .371 hitting efficiency. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here.


U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and his Turkish team Arkas Spor sit in third place in the league.

Most recently, the team swept Çankaya Belediyesi Anka, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 on Jan. 7. Hansen started all three sets, scoring two points on two blocks. He also set the team to a 45.3 kill percent and a .372 hitting efficiency.


The Puerto Rican men’s league has reached its finals where Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and Cariduros de Fajardo are playing Patriotes de Lares. Fajardo is up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Fajardo won the first match on Jan. 3, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22. Touzinsky started all three sets and scored six points on five attacks and one block.

Fajardo won the second match on Jan. 7, 28-30, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-13. Touzinsky started all five sets and scored 20 points on 17 kills, and three blocks.


U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Tours are in second place in the French league. On Jan. 7 Tours defeated Lyon, 25-18, 25-17, 25-18. Smith started the third set of the match but did not score.

Tourcoing, which includes U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), is in fifth place in the league.

Most recently, Tourcoing defeated Paris, 25-23, 16-25, 17-25, 25-16, 16-14. Jablonsky started all five sets scoring 10 points. Winder started the third set and played in two others but did not score.


U.S. coach Shawn Patchell is the head coach for the Lausanne University Club in the Swiss league and has three U.S. players on his team: middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.), outside hitter Andrew Stewart (Sandy, Utah) and opposite Evan Romero (Miami Lakes, Fla.).

Lausanne is in sixth place in its league.

After falling to Lotman and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów in the CEV Cup, the Lausanne University Club has moved on to the Challenge Cup, where it will play Austria’s Hypo Nö Amstetten and U.S. outside hitter Ryan Burrow (Racine, Wis.) on Jan. 11.


Priddy and Zenit Kazan are 4-0 in Pool B of the Champions League and will play Romania’s Remat Zalau on Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. PT.

U.S. middle blocker Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.) and the German team VfB Friedrichshafen are 4-1 in Pool B of the Champions League. They will play Priddy and Kazan in their final Champions League pool play match on Jan. 18.

Millar and Lokomotiv Novosibirsk will are 3-1 in Pool E of the Champions League. They will play Austria’s Hypo Tirol Innsbruck at 11:40 a.m. on Jan. 12.

Smith and Tours are 3-1 in Pool F of the Champions League. They will play Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow at 11:30 a.m. PT on Jan. 12.  

Many Champions League matches are shown live at www.laola1.tv.

In the quarterfinals of the CEV Cup, Rooney and Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza will face off against U.S. setter Kawika Shoji and the Berlin Recycling Volleys of Germany on Jan. 12.

Lee and Dinamo Moscow will play Turkey’s Halkbank Ankara on Jan. 11

Lotman and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów have also advanced to the quarterfinals of the CEV Cup and will play France’s Arago de Sete on Jan. 11.