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U.S. Men Reward Big Crowd with Win

June 27, 2009, 12:42 a.m. (ET)

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

SAN JOSE, Calif. (June 26, 2009) - In their first match in the United States since the 2008 Olympic Games, the U.S. Men's Volleyball Team defeated a feisty team from China 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) before a crowd of 4,315 on Friday in an FIVB World League match at the San Jose State University Event Center Arena.

With the victory, the U.S. improves to 4-1 in Group A. China falls to 1-4.

“For our first opportunity to play at home, a lot of the guys were really anxious to get on the court,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “I thought, once we settled down, we did good things.”

The United States’ Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led all scorers with 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added eight points on eight kills. David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored eight points on four kills, three blocks and one ace. Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) scored eight points on five kills and three aces.

Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) added seven points on five kills and two blocks. Donald Suxho (Korce Albania) scored four points on one kill and three aces. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) tallied three points on three kills.

Ping Chen had 10 points for China on nine kills and one ace. Chunlong Liang added eight points on five kills and three blocks.

Knipe started Anderson and Rooney at outside hitter, Hein and Lee at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Suxho at setter and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero.

Stanley, the Olympic MVP who had only practiced with the team twice prior to making the trip to San Jose, substituted for Patak in the second set and started the third.

Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) played as substitutes.

The U.S. Men out-blocked China 7-4 and had seven aces while China had two. But both teams had hitting errors with the U.S. converting 45 percent of its hits into kills and China converting 40 percent.

“The thing I’m most proud of is when they make a mistake, they do a nice job of settling down,” Knipe said of his team. “For such a young group, that’s great.”

The first set opened with a long rally with China winning the point. But the U.S. hitters soon took over. The United States led 8-4 at the first technical timeout (TTO). China pulled to within two points at 9-7, but Lee ended the threat with a kill and kept Team USA ahead. The U.S. held a 16-11 lead at the second TTO and China, struggling with errors, never threatened again as the U.S. took the set 25-20.

China regrouped and took the early lead in the second set behind strong net play by Hongmin Bian who had a kill and a block. A block by Liang followed by a United States service error gave China the 8-6 edge at the first TTO. With China ahead 9-7, a kill by Hein put Suxho at the serve.  Suxho served for the next five points to put the United States ahead 13-9. Team USA still held the lead at the second technical timeout, 16-12. That’s when Stanley got the serve and scored two aces in a row. China called a timeout, but it did not cool off the United States, which responded with a Rooney kill and a third ace by Stanley. When Stanley lost the serve on a kill by Weijun Zhong, the U.S. led 21-13. China did not give up, but the United States went on to win the set 25-19.

The United States held an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the third set and 16-11 at the second. Although China never gave up, it could not stop the United States. A left-side kill by Rooney ended the match.

World League Tickets: Tickets for the second World League match in San Jose, Calif., (June 27 against China), along with the matches in Hoffman Estates, Ill., (July 10-11 against Italy) and Wichita, Kan., (July 17-18 against Netherlands) are on sale.

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2009 U.S. World League Roster for June 26-27
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)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 Andrew Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
10 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
11 Brook Billings (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., USC)
13 Clay Stanley (Opp, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Hawai’i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato
Assistant Coach:
John Hawks
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Team Doctor:
Michael Terry
Medical Support: Aaron Brock

2009 FIVB World League Schedule and Results
Date: June 13-14
Opponent: Netherlands
Location: Rotterdam
June 13: Netherlands def. USA, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24)
June 14: USA def. Netherlands, 3-2 (25-16, 30-32, 25-17, 20-25, 15-6)

Date: June 19 and 21
Opponent: Italy
Location: Florence and Catania
June 19: USA def. Italy, 3-1 (25-21, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21)
June 20: USA def. Italy, 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20)

Date: June 26-27 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: China
Location: San Jose State University Event Center Arena in San Jose, Calif.
June 26: USA def. China, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21)

Date: July 4-5
Opponent: China
Location: Nanjing

Date: July 10-11 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Italy
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Date: July 17-18 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Netherlands
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Date: July 22-26
Event: Final Round (teams must qualify)
Opponents: TBD
Location: Belgrade, Serbia


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