COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 8, 2014) – Haven't been keeping up with members of the U.S. Men's National Team on Twitter? Check out these top recent tweets:
😵😵😵❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/F5tiQb5uyH— Max Holt (@MaxwellHolt) December 5, 2014
Nothing like celebrating a big win with an early 2 hour bus ride, a canceled flight, and a 6 hour car ride back to Berlin....— Erik Shoji (@shojinator) December 5, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! pic.twitter.com/W6KZbEZIad— Micah Christenson (@MChristenson5) November 27, 2014
Catching up with U.S. players in China. Will Price (Laytonsville, Md.) is playing for Beijing, which is undefeated at 7-0 in the Chinese league’s Pool I. On Dec. 7, Beijing defeated Army, 19-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 15-13. Price scored eight points.
U.S. outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) is playing for Fujian, which is in third place in Pool II at 4-3. On Dec. 7, Muagututia scored 31 points as Fujian defeated Sichuan, 25-15, 24-26, 20-25, 26-24, 17-15.
U.S. outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led all scorers with 17 points on 15 kills and two aces as his Italian Serie A team Calzedonia Verona defeated Exprivia Neldiritto Molfetta, 26-24, 25-14, 26-24 on Dec. 7. Sander was also credited with 14 receptions, 36 percent positive. Verona is in fifth place in the league at 5-4.
U.S. setter Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) played as a substitute as his Italian team CMC Ravenna defeated Tonazzo Padova, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18 on Dec. 7. Ravenna is in seventh place at 5-4.
The Berlin Recycling Volleys, which include U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) and libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii), are now tied for the lead of the Germany league with VfB Friedrichshafen, which includes U.S. middle blocker Nick Vogel (San Diego, Calif.). Both teams have 9-1 records.
On Dec. 7, Berlin defeated VSG Coburg/Grub, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20. Touzinsky, who was named the match MVP, led all scorers with 14 points on a match-high 12 kills and two blocks. He was credited with 13 receptions, 62 percent positive. Neither of the Shoji brothers played in the match.
On Dec. 6, Friedrichshafen beat TV Rottenburg, 26-28, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23. Vogel started the first two sets and scored four points on four attacks.
On Dec. 3, setter B.J. Boldog started the final three sets as CV Mitteldeutschland fell to the Netzhoppers KW-Bestensee, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23. Boldog scored two points on a kill and a block and helped set his team to a .324 hitting efficiency. Mitteldeutschland is in ninth place with a record of 3-7.
U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and his French team Ajaccio defeated Nantes Rezé, 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-21 on Dec. 7. Watten was credited with 24 receptions, 92 percent positive. Ajaccio is in third place in the French A League.
U.S. outside hitter Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Sète defeated Toulouse, 23-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-8 on Dec. 6. Crabb started the first two sets and scored six points on two kills, one block and a team-high three aces. He was credited with 10 receptions, 70 percent positive. Sète (6-3) is in fourth place in the league.
Middle blockers David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) and their French team Tours fell to Lyon, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16 on Dec. 6. McDonnell scored seven points on six kills and one block. Smith added four points on three attacks and one block. Tours (5-5) is in eighth place in the league.
Outside hitter Connor Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) scored nine points on nine kills as his French team Montpellier fell to St-Nazaire, 25-16, 25-19, 25-22 on Dec. 5. Hughes was credited with 25 receptions, 60 percent positive. Montpellier is in 10th place in the league at 5-4.
U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) scored 17 points for his Polish PlusLiga team Lotos Trefl Gdańsk as it defeated Indykpol AZS Olsztyn, 25-20, 21-25, 25-12, 25-20 on Dec. 6. Troy scored on 14 kills, two blocks and one ace. Gdańsk is in third place in the league at 12-2.
Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, the Plus Liga team of outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), fell to Cuprum Lubin, 25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 15-25, 15-13 on Dec. 7. Holmes started the first set and scored one point with a kill. Lotman played as a substitute. Rzeszów is in second place in the league at 11-3.
U.S. outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) and Transfer Bydgoszcz defeated AZS Politechnika Warszawska, 25-15, 25-19, 25-27, 25-23. Nally scored three points on three kills. He was credited with nine receptions, 67 percent positive. Bydgoszcz in in sixth place in the league.
U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) has been missing from the roster of Olympiacos Piraeus since suffering an injury in a match on Nov. 22.
CEV Champions Cup
Scott Touzinsky, Erik Shoji, Kawika Shoji and the Berlin Recycling Volleys (2-1) defeated Paul Lotman, Russell Holmes and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow (2-1), 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 on Dec. 4 in Poland. Touzinsky scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. He was also credited with 23 receptions, 43 percent positive. Kawika Shoji score four points on one kill and a team-high three blocks. He also set Berlin to a .506 hitting efficiency. Erik Shoji was credited with 14 receptions, 50 percent positive. Lotman started the first two sets and scored four points on three kills and one block. He was credited with seven receptions, 57 percent positive. Holmes started the first two sets and scored two points with two attacks.
The two teams will play again in Berlin on Dec. 18. Watch it live at http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/motw-berlin-recycling-volleys-asseco-resovia-rzeszow/241445.html.
Nick Vogel and VfB Friedrichshafen (1-2) defeated Olympiacos Piraeus, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 on Dec. 3. Vogel scored six points on four kills and two blocks. Olympiacos (1-2) is the team of U.S. opposite Carson Clark, but he was out with an injury.
U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Austria’s Hypo Tirol Innsbruck (1-2) fell to Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow (3-0), 25-21, 29-27, 26-24 on Dec. 2. Hein scored seven points on five attacks and two blocks.
Dan McDonnell, David Smith and Tours (1-2) fell to Turkey’s Halkbank Ankara (2-1), 25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 25-17 on Dec. 3. McDonnell scored eight points on five kills and a team-high three blocks. Smith added five points on four attacks and one block.
Upcoming matches you can watch live:
Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. PT: Tours (McDonnell, Smith) at Halkbank Ankara – http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/halkbank-ankara-tours-vb/241459.html
Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. PT: Hypo Tirol Innsbruck (Hein) at PGE Skra Belchatow – http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/pge-skra-belchatow-hypo-tirol-innsbruck/241461.html
Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. PT: Noliko Maaseik at Sir Safety Perugia (Joe Sunder) – http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/sir-safety-perugia-noliko-maaseik/241454.html
Dec. 18 at 5 a.m. PT: Jastrzebski Wegiel at Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (David Lee) – http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/lokomotiv-novosibirsk-jastrzebski-wegiel/241450.html
Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. PT: VfB Friedrichshafen (Vogel) at Olympiacos Peraeus (Clark) – http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/olympiacos-piraeus-vfb-friedrichshafen/241449.html
Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. PT: Asseco Resovia Rzeszow (Lotman, Holmes) at Berlin Recycling Volleys (Erik Shoji, Kawika Shoji, Touzinsky) – http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/live/motw-berlin-recycling-volleys-asseco-resovia-rzeszow/241445.html
CEV Volleyball Cup
U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati) and Dinamo Moscow won their match against Netherlands’ Landstede Zwolle, 25-17, 25-19, 25-14 on Dec. 3. Holt scored seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace. The two teams will play again on Dec. 17.
Dustin Watten and Ajaccio defeated Turkey’s Arkas Izmir on Dec. 4, 25-21, 21-25, 28-26, 14-25, 15-12. The teams will play again on Dec. 17.