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U.S. Men's Update: Getting Social

By BJ Evans | Nov. 25, 2014, 11:30 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 25, 2014) – We encourage you to follow all your favorite U.S. Men’s National Team players on social media.

Carson Clark
   Carson Clark (15) celebrates with his Greek team Olympiacos.

Current National Team Players Active on Social Media
Aaron Russell Twitter
Matt Anderson Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram
Micah Christenson Twitter
Carson Clark Twitter
Max Holt Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram
Russell Holmes Twitter
David Lee Twitter/ Instagram
Paul Lotman Twitter/ Instagram
Reid Priddy Facebook/ Twitter
Alfee Reft Twitter
Taylor Sander Twitter/ Instagram
Erik Shoji Twitter/ Instagram
Kawika Shoji Twitter/ Instagram
David Smith Twitter
Murphy Troy Twitter/ Instagram
Nick Vogel Twitter/ Instagram
Dustin Watten Twitter/ Instagram

Recent National Team Players Active on Social Media
Lloy Ball Twitter
Brooke Billings Twitter/Instagram
Andy Hein Twitter
Tom Hoff Twitter
David McKienzie Twitter
Donald Suxho Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram
Scott Touzinsky Twitter/Instagram


U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) led Lotos Trefl Gdańsk with 23 points as it defeated Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, the Plus Liga team of outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), 25-20, 22-25, 25-16, 14-25, 17-15 on Nov. 24. Troy scored on 18 kills, one block and a match-high four aces. Holmes started four sets for Resovia Rzeszów and scored nine points on three kills, a match-high four blocks and two aces. Lotman started one set and scored one point with a kill. Resovia Rzeszów is 10-1 in the Plus Liga while Gdańsk is 9-2.

Outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) and Transfer Bydgoszcz improved to 7-4 with a 22-25, 27-25, 31-29, 25-22 win over Jastrzebski Wegiel on Nov. 21. Nally started the final two sets and scored 10 points on seven attacks, one block and two aces.


U.S. outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Calzedonia Verona improved to 3-4 in Italy’s Serie A league after defeating Vero Volley Monza, 25-16, 25-21, 29-27 on Nov. 23. Sander led Verona with 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace. He was also credited with 19 receptions, 68 percent positive.


Middle blockers David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) and their French volleyball club team Tours are 5-3 after defeating Tourcoing, 25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23 on Nov. 22. Smith scored seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace. McDonnell added five points on one attack and four blocks.

Libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and Ajaccio fell to first-place Cannes, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20. Ajaccio is in second place in the league at 5-2. Watten was credited with 30 receptions, 50 percent positive.

Outside hitter Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) led Narbonne with 17 points on 13 kills, two blocks and two  ces as it defeated Sete, 25-23, 20-25, 32-30, 25-19 on Nov. 21. Dejno was also credited with 13 receptions, 85 percent positive. U.S. outside hitter Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) is with Sete, but did not play in the match.

Outside hitter Connor Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) scored six points for Montpellier in its 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 loss to Beauvais on Nov. 20.

Opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led Rennes with 19 points, but it was not enough to defeat Avignon, which took a 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 victory on Nov. 21 in France’s B league. Rennes fell to 5-2 and third place in the league.


Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), who plays for Dinamo Moscow, is recovering from an ankle injury.


Opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Olympiacos SFP Piraeus defeated middle blocker Jared Moore (Corona, Calif.) and PAOK, 20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-13 on Nov. 22. Clark started the first four sets and scored 11 points on 10 kills and one bock. Moore scored six points on five kills and one block.

Brothers Riley McKibbin and Maddison McKibbin, both from Honolulu, Hawaii, and their Hellenic league team GS Lamia fell to AO Kifissia, which includes American setter Chris Austin (Henderson, Nev.), 25-20, 25-16, 35-33 on Nov. 23. Outside hitter Maddison McKibbin started all three sets and scored eight points on six attacks, one block and one ace. He was also credited with 16 receptions, 56 percent positive. Riley McKibbin started the first two sets and helped Lamia to a .380 hitting efficiency. Austin played as a substitute.

CEV Champions League

Paul Lotman, Russell Holmes and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów (2-0) defeated ACH Volley Ljubljana (0-2) of Slovenia, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 on Nov. 19. Holmes scored 11 points on seven kills and a match-high four blocks. Lotman added eight points on seven kills and one block.

Scott Touzinsky, Erik Shoji and Kawika Shoji and the Berlin Recycling Volleys (1-1) fell to Montenegro’s Budvanska Rivijera Budva (1-1), 25-22, 32-30, 16-25, 22-25, 15-12 on Nov. 20. Touzinsky scored 11 points on nine kills and two aces. He was also credited with 32 receptions, 50 percent positive. Kawika Shoji scored five points on three blocks and two aces. He set Berlin to a .379 hitting efficiency. Erik Shoji was credited with 26 receptions, 62 percent positive.

Carson Clark and Olympiacos Piraeus (1-1) fell to Russia’s Zenit Kazan (2-0), 28-26, 25-19, 25-20 on Nov. 19. Clark finished with nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace.

Nick Vogel and VfB Friedrichshafen (0-2) lost to Austria’s Posojilnica AICH/DOB (1-1), 23-25, 17-25, 26-24, 26-24, 15-13 on Nov. 19. Vogel scored 10 points on five kills, three blocks and two aces.

U.S. middle blocker Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Austria’s Hypo Tirol Innsbruck (1-1) defeated Jihostroj Ceske Budejovice (0-2) of Czech Republic, 25-22, 25-19, 25-14 on Nov. 19 Hein scored eight points on two attacks, three blocks and a match-high three aces.

David Smith, Dan McDonnell and Tours (0-2) fell to Italy’s Sir Safety Perugia (2-0), 26-28, 27-25, 23-25, 28-26, 15-11 on Nov. 19. McDonnell scored 12 points on nine kills and three blocks. Smith added 11 points on 10 attacks and one block. U.S. outside hitter Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) plays for Perugia but was not on the roster for this match.

Here are upcoming Champions League matches that are being live streamed:

Hypo Tirol Innsbruck (Andy Hein) vs. PGE Skra Belchatow
Dec. 2 at 11:25 a.m. PT

Noliko Maaseik vs. Sir Safety Perugia (Joe Sunder)
Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. PT

Jastrzebski Wegiel vs. Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (David Lee)
Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. PT

VfB Friedrichshafen (Nick Vogel) vs. Olympiacos Piraeus (Carson Clark)
Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. PT

Tours (David Smith and Dan McDonnell) vs. Halkbank Ankara
Dec. 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT

Asseco Resovia Rzeszow (Paul Lotman and Russell Holmes) vs. Berlin Recycling Volleys (Scott Touzinsky, Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji)
Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. PT