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U.S. Men Bounce Back with Sweep of Poland

May 28, 2011, 1:54 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 28, 2011) – U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Alan Knipe showed confidence in his starting lineup and it paid off on Saturday as the U.S. Men defeated Poland, 25-22, 25-19, 37-35 to earn their first victory in the Continental (pool play) Round of the 2011 FIVB World League in Lodz, Poland

The U.S. Men improved their record in Pool A to 1-1 as they head to San Juan, Puerto Rico for their next two matches on June 3-4. Poland (1-1) will travel to Rio de Janeiro to face Brazil on June 4-5.

Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) made no changes to his starting lineup despite its poor performance against Poland on Friday, when it was swept. His confidence paid off as four players scored in double figures and the U.S. Men improved all aspects of their game.

In a third-set battle, the U.S. Men held leads of 15-10 and 16-12, but Poland fought back and tied the match at 21-21. Poland took its first set point at 24-22 and went on to hold seven more set points while the U.S. took match point five times before finally getting the victory.

“We were a more focused team tonight; focusing intently on each and every play and taking the game one point at a time,” U.S. Assistant Coach Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.) said. “We developed a much better rhythm tonight and the guys showed a lot of heart and character to bounce back and win the serve and pass battle. Donald Suxho executed the game plan perfectly.”

For the second night, outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) led the United States with 17 points on 15 kills and two aces. He was named the match’s Most Valuable Player.

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) had a much better night on Saturday, scoring 16 points on 13 kills, two blocks and one ace.

Zbigniew Bartman led all scorers for a second night with 21 points on a match-high 19 kills and two blocks. Poland also used the same starting lineup as Saturday, but made many more changes throughout the match.

The teams were tied in kills, 42-42. However, the United States’ hitting efficiency was 0.333 and its kill percent was 46.7 while Poland’s hitting efficiency was 0.189 and its kill percent was 39.6.

The United States out-blocked Poland 15-6 and had eight aces while Poland scored on three.

Poland led in digs 66-63, but was hurt by 28 errors, while the United States had 15. The U.S. was credited with 28 excellent receptions and four faults while Poland had 21 excellent receptions and seven faults.

”I am extremely happy, we played a lot harder tonight," U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) said. "Technical things aside, we were disappointed about yesterday's game. I am happy we made that third set really close, it was a good test for us. We served the ball better, we set better, and our block was better."

Millar finished the match with 11 points on five kills, five blocks and one ace. Among the other U.S. starters, middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) also scored 11 points on five kills, five blocks and one ace. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) totaled nine points on three kills, three blocks and a match-high three aces.

Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) scored one point with a kill, and was also credited with 32 running sets and one fault on 65 attempts.

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team in digs with 17 and three faults on 22 attempts. He was also credited with seven excellent receptions and one fault on 20 attempts. However Anderson led the team in excellent receptions with 16 and three faults on 28 attempts.

Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) played in the match as a serving substitute while opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) was brought in for blocking support.

Poland took a 4-2 lead in the first set, with the U.S. Men scoring on a Lee kill and Millar block. The U.S. Men tied the score at 4 with an Anderson kill and Poland error, and then scored on another Poland error to lead 5-4. Poland took a 6-5 lead when a Suxho setter dump tied the score and a Millar ace gave the U.S. the lead. Lee followed with a block to give the United States the 8-6 advantage at the first TTO. Poland tied the score at 8-8 on a Bartman kill and Bartosz Kurek block and then took a 9-8 lead on another Bartman kill; but then lost the edge with an error. Poland went ahead 10-9 on yet another Bartman strike. Anderson tied it at 10-10 with a kill, but Poland went ahead 12-10 on a Kurek kill and ace from Gregorz Kosok. The teams traded points until Poland’s lead was 15-14 and it scored on a U.S. serving error to lead 16-14 at the second TTO. Coming out of the break, a Kurek quick kill led Knipe to call a timeout. Stanley responded by scoring on a kill and block to bring the U.S. back to within two at 18-16. A Kurek kill ended the mini run, but the U.S. got the ball back on Poland’s serving error. Priddy took the serve and the U.S. made it 19-18 on a Lee block and Poland coach Andrea Anastasi called timeout. The U.S. run continued, however, as it scored on a Priddy kill, another Lee block and an ace to take a 21-19 lead. Anastasi called timeout again and Kurek responded with a strike. But the U.S. Men came back with a block by Lee and kill from Anderson to lead 23-20. Poland scored on a kill by Piotr Nowakowski. But a service error gave the U.S. set point. Poland scored once more on a kill by Michal Ruciak. But Anderson ended the set with a kill.

Poland took a 6-3 lead in the second set as Bartman and Kurek again took control for Poland. The U.S. Men had scored on two kills from Anderson along with Poland’s serving error. A Stanley kill gave the serve to Anderson who followed it with an ace to pull the U.S. to within one at 6-5. But Poland stayed on the offensive and its lead was still two points at the first technical timeout (TTO).  With Poland leading 10-8, the U.S. scored on a Poland error and Lee ace to tie it up. Poland went ahead again on a U.S. error and Kosok kill, but Stanley got the serve on a Millar kill and the U.S. scored three more points on a Millar block, Priddy kill and Poland error to lead 14-12. Poland came back with a successful Kosok attack and the two teams traded points until the U.S. led 17-16. The U.S. went ahead by two on  Priddy kill and made it three on a strike from Anderson. Anastasi called timeout, but Lee blocked Bartman to make it 20-16. With the U.S. leading 21-17, Poland scored on two kills from Kurek. Knipe called timeout and iced the serve of Marcin Mozdzonek. After scoring on Poland’s error, the U.S. scored its final two points on a Millar block and Stanley ace.

The U.S. Men opened the third set by taking a 6-1 lead, scoring on a Lee kill, an Anderson block, a kill and block by Millar, a Stanley block and a Priddy kill. Poland came back with a 4-0 run, but the U.S. Men still held an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. Later, with the U.S. still leading by two at 12-10, Stanley used a block and an ace to increase the lead to four. Anastasi called timeout, but Stanley responded with another ace. Poland scored twice before a Priddy kill gave the U.S. a 16-12 lead at the second TTO. Poland came out of the break to score three straight points, including a Bartman kill and Ruciak block, to pull to within one at 16-15. Knipe called timeout and iced Michal Bakiewicz’s serve.  The U.S. still led by one at 18-17 when Priddy used a tip and an ace to increase the lead to 20-17. Anastasi called timeout and a U.S. hitting error gave Poland a point. An Anderson kill made it 21-18, but Bartman erased that lead with three straight strikes. Knipe called timeout and Poland’s error put the U.S. back up by one. Later, with the U.S. leading 22-21, Poland tied the score on Bartman’s kill, then took its first lead of the match on Bartman’s block and added an ace by substitute Pawel Woicki to reach set point at 24-22. The U.S. fought it off twice with a Priddy back-row attack and a U.S. block, but it would not be the last Polish set point.

Bartman gave Poland a third set point with a kill, making it 25-24, but Millar answered. Poland’s fourth set point was from a Ruciak quick kill, but Priddy tied it up on an attack. Poland reached set point two more times. The second time, Anderson tied with a kill and then scored with a block to give the U.S. its first match point at 29-28. This time Bakiewicz answered with a kill. The U.S. held match point four more times, but Poland answered each time. With the U.S. leading 33-32, Poland used a kill from Ruciak and a U.S. error to get to its seventh set point at 34-33. The teams exchanged service errors to give Poland its eighth set point at 35-34. A Priddy kill tied the score at 35-35. Anderson’s attack made it 36-35 and the U.S. finally won the set and the match on a Millar block.

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2011 FIVB World League
Roster for May 28 in Lodz, Poland

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
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, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
15 Gabe Gardner (Opp, 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Rob Browning(Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach:
Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Doctor: Stephen Daquino (San Diego, Calif.)
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 1-0 (3)
2. Poland 1-1 (3)
3. USA 1-1 (3)
4. Puerto Rico 0-1 (0)

U.S. Schedule and Results

Date: May 27-28
Opponent: Poland
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

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

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

 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
Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. - BUY TICKETS

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