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U.S. Men Complete 3rd Round with Sweep of Japan

Nov. 29, 2011, 7:12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 29, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team evened its FIVB World Cup record to 4-4 on Tuesday with a sweep of host Japan, 39-37, 25-16, 25-15 in Fukuoka before a nearly full house of 5,200 at the stadium known as Marine Messe.

With the victory, the U.S. Men, ranked fourth in the world, remained in seventh place in the World Cup standings, just behind Iran. Japan, ranked 18th, fell to 2-6 and is in ninth. The U.S. Men will travel to Tokyo to play their final three matches on Dec. 2-4 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.  

The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Dec. 4 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Men’s tournament event page at http://usavolleyball.org/events/5557.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) was named the match’s Most Impressive Player on Tuesday, as he led the U.S. Men with 19 points on a match-high 16 attacks (69.6 kill percent; .565 hitting efficiency), one block and two aces. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 14 points on eight kills (36.4 kill percent) and a match-high six blocks.

"It was a good thing that we pulled out that first set,” Stanley said. “We had the same situation against Italy and lost and it took a lot out of us. Our middles played really well. I think we blocked well and covered our hitters."

The U.S. Men led Japan in attacks, 50-40, in blocks, 14-6 and in aces 5-1.

"Our serving and passing were the difference,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “A lot of times, that's what it comes down to. We kept the pressure on with our serving.

“It was a huge advantage for us to win the first set like that. This late in the tournament that is really big.”

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored 12 points on 11 kills (52.4 kill percent; .429 hitting efficiency) and one ace. Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) added 11 points on six kills (85.7 kill percent; .857 hitting efficiency), four blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) totaled eight points on six kills and two blocks.

Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) compiled two points on two attacks. Setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace. Thornton was credited with 30 assists and set the U.S. Men to a 57.5 kill percent and a .460 hitting efficiency (50-10-87).

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was credited with one dig and six excellent receptions. As a team, the U.S. was credited with only three digs while Japan was credited with 10. Anderson led the team in excellent receptions with 24 and one fault.
Knipe started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Thornton at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Patak, David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) all played as substitutes.

Japan was led by Tatsuya Fukuzawa and Daisuke Yako, who scored 11 points each.

"The first set was the key,” Japan Head Coach Tatsuya Ueta said. “We had both good and bad moments. We could not keep the situation like we wanted. We have three more games and we will try to do our best".

The U.S. Men had not faced Japan since the 2008 Olympic Games, where the United States won 3-0. Japan qualified for the World Cup as the event host. The United States is now 137-59 against Japan since 1981.

Japan took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but the U.S. Men worked their way back and used two kills from Priddy, two from Holmes and one from Anderson to lead 8-7 at the first technical timeout (TTO). The teams were tied 11-1 when Japan got two kills and a U.S. hitting error to lead 14-11 and Knipe called timeout. Anderson came back with a back-row attack, but the U.S. could not capitalize and Japan led 16-12 at the second TTO. With Japan leading 20-16, Anderson scored with a kill, then took the serve and scored on an ace. Japan called timeout, but a Thornton block pulled the U.S. to within one. With Japan leading 23-21, its serve went out of bounds. The U.S. Men got blocks from Stanley and Priddy to take their first set point 24-23. Japan fought it off with a kill and then used another kill to take its first set point. The U.S. called timeout and came back with attacks by Millar and Anderson for a second chance. But Japan tied it again. Team USA would take five more set point before Japan took its second at 34-33. Holmes tied the score again with an attack. The United States took its 10th set point at 35-34. Japan reached its third at 36-35. The U.S. came back to take its 11th set point at 37-36. Japan tied it with a right-side kill. The U.S. led 38-37 on Japan’s service error and won the match with a Priddy ace. The U.S. led in attacks 26-25, in blocks 2-1 and in aces 2-0. Japan also had 11 errors as opposed to nine for the U.S. Anderson led all scorers with 13 points on 12 kills and one ace.

Team USA jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set, scoring on a block and two kills from Anderson, an attack by Millar and another from Stanley. Japan finally ended the run with an attack off the block. The U.S. went on to lead 8-2 at the first TTO. With the U.S. leading 13-6, Japan got a right-side spike from Kunihiro and scored two more points to pull to within four at 13-9. Knipe called timeout, but Japan scored once more before Stanley ended the run with a kill. Thornton took the serve and the U.S. scored on a kill and block by Millar, a Thornton ace and another Millar block to lead 18-10. Japan called timeout and came back with an attack and a block, but Priddy stopped the run with a right-side attack. With the U.S. leading 21-16, Japan served into the net, giving the serve to Anderson. Holmes scored on a block. Priddy killed an overpass of Anderson’s next serve and Anderson won the match for the U.S. with an ace. The U.S. led in attacks 14-9, in aces 2-0 and in blocks 5-4. Anderson, Millar and Stanley all scored four points for Team USA.

Japan took a 3-1 lead in the third set and later led 5-3 when Priddy scored with a kill giving the serve to Holmes. The U.S. scored three more points, including a block and kill by Millar, to lead 7-5. Japan called timeout. But Stanley scored with an attack to reach the first TTO leading 8-5. Japan scored on an attack after the break, but its next serve went into the net and the U.S. got two more points of two straight Stanley blocks. A third U.S. block put it ahead 12-6. With Team USA leading 13-8, it scored on an Anderson attack and Japan violation. A Thornton dig of Japan’s next attack went over the net and fell in the back row to give Team USA the 16-8 lead at the second TTO. With the U.S. leading 23-10, Japan scored on a U.S. error, a block and ace. Holmes gave the U.S. match point with an attack. Japan scored twice more on U.S. miscues before Patak ended the match with a kill.

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 2011
U.S. Men's Roster for Nov. 29
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
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)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13C Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Doctor: Scott Magness and William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Massage Therapist: Eli Evette
Scout Coach: Frank Ciarelli
Scout Coach: Andy Read

Qualified Teams

Team (Qualification Method, World Ranking as of Jan 15, 2011, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South America Champion, 1, 1)
Serbia (Europe Champion, 3, 5)
Cuba (NORCECA Champion, 4, 6)
Egypt (Africa Champion, 13, 12)
Iran (Asia Champion, 19, 14)
USA (NORCECA Runner Up, 5, 4)
Italy (Europe Runner Up, 6, 3)
Argentina (South America Runner Up, 8, 9)
China (Asia Runner Up, 11, 10)
Japan (Hosts, 14, 18)
Russia (Wild Card, 2, 2)
Poland (Wild Card, 10, 8)

Tournament Schedule and Results (All times local except for U.S. matches in bold)

1st round
Nagoya (Site A)

1 SRB-ARG 20-Nov 11:00 Nagoya ARG def SRB, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
2 POL-CUB 20-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def CUB, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16
3 IRI-JPN 20-Nov 18:20 Nagoya IRI def JPN, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15
7 CUB-IRI 21-Nov 11:00 Nagoya CUB def IRI, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22
8 SRB-POL 21-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def SRB 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 30-28
9 ARG-JPN 21-Nov 18:20 Nagoya ARG def JPN 25-22, 21-25, 11-25, 25-15, 15-12
13 IRI-SRB 22-Nov 11:00 Nagoya IRI def SRB 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11
14 POL-ARG 22-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def ARG 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22
15 JPN-CUB 22-Nov 18:20 Nagoya CUB def JPN 25-21, 25-23, 25-22

Kagoshima (Site B)

4 CHN-USA 20-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima USA def. CHN 25-14, 25-23, 25-21
5 ITA-RUS 20-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima RUS def ITA 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21
6 EGY-BRA 20-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima BRA def EGY 25-19, 25-13, 25-19
10 EGY-ITA 21-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima ITA def EGY 25-22, 25-15, 25-20
11 BRA-USA 21-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima BRA def USA 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16
12 RUS-CHN 21-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def CHN 25-18, 25-20, 25-18
16 CHN-EGY 22-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima EGY def CHN 25-20, 25-20, 25-18
17 ITA-BRA 22-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima ITA def BRA 25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 22-20
18 USA-RUS 22-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def USA, 25-18, 25-19, 26-24

2nd round

Osaka (Site A)

19 ARG-CUB 24-Nov 11:00 Osaka ARG def CUB 17-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-17
20 POL-IRI 24-Nov 15:00 Osaka IRI def POL 23-25, 28-26, 8-25, 26-24, 15-11
21 SRB-JPN 24-Nov 18:20 Osaka SRB def JPN 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 15-12
25 IRI-ARG 25-Nov 11:00 Osaka IRI def ARG 15-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12
26 CUB-SRB 25-Nov 15:00 Osaka CUB def SRB 17-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17
27 JPN-POL 25-Nov 18:20 Osaka POL def JPN 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 18-25

Kumamoto (Site B)

22 EGY-USA 24-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto USA def EGY 25-19, 25-20, 25-20
23 BRA-RUS 24-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto BRA def RUS 25-16, 25-19, 25-22
24 ITA-CHN 24-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto ITA def CHN 25-10, 25-18, 25-14
28 RUS-EGY 25-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto RUS def EGY 25-18 25-17 23-25 25-9
29 CHN-BRA 25-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto BRA def CHN 23-25, 25-10, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8
30 USA-ITA 25-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto ITA def USA 41-39, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21

3rd round

Fukuoka (Site A)

31 IRI-USA 27-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka USA def IRI 25-15, 27-25, 25-14
32 POL-CHN 27-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka JPN def EGY 27-29, 25-17, 25-23, 25-12
33 JPN-EGY 27-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka JPN def EGY 27-29, 25-17, 25-23, 25-12
37 IRI-EGY 28-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka IRI def EGY 25-18 25-21 25-15
38 POL-USA 28-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka POL def USA 25-15, 25-20, 25-18
39 JPN-CHN 28-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka JPN def CHN 25-23 25-20 26-24
43 POL-EGY 29-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka POL def EGY 25-21 26-24 25-21
44 IRI-CHN 29-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka CHN def IRI 25-19, 25-19, 25-17
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka USA def JPN 39-37, 25-16, 25-15

Hamamatsu (Site B)

34 SRB-RUS 27-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def SRB 25-16, 25-16, 25-15
35 ARG-BRA 27-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu BRA def ARG 25-22, 25-20, 25-21
36 CUB-ITA 27-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu CUB def ITA 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17
40 ARG-RUS 28-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def ARG 25-23, 25-22, 25-19
41 CUB-BRA 28-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu CUB def BRA 17-25 25-22 25-23 20-25 15-12
42 SRB-ITA 28-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu ITA def SRB 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20
46 CUB-RUS 29-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def CUB 25-23, 25-27, 25-18, 25-12
47 ARG-ITA 29-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu ITA def ARG 34-36, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20
48 SRB-BRA 29-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu SRB def BRA 27-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22

4th round

Tokyo (Site A)

49 IRI-BRA 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
50 POL-ITA 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
51 JPN-RUS 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
55 IRI-RUS 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
56 POL-BRA 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
57 JPN-ITA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
61 POL-RUS 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
62 IRI-ITA 04-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium
63 JPN-BRA 04-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium

Tokyo (Site B)

52 SRB-EGY 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
53 CUB-CHN 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 0:1:20 PT    
58 SRB-CHN 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
59 ARG-EGY 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 01:20 PT    
64 CUB-EGY 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
65 ARG-CHN 04-Dec 14:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec 17:00 Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec midnight PT