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US Men Fall to France

By B. J. Hoeptner Evans | June 30, 2012, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

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DALLAS, Texas (June 30, 2012) – The winner of Pool C of the FIVB World League will be determined on the final day of the Intercontinental (pool play) Round as France defeated the United States, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13 on Saturday at the Dallas Convention Center Arena.

Despite the five-set loss, the U.S. (8-3) maintains the Pool C lead with 24 points while France (8-3) has 21. However, France will win the pool if it defeats Korea and the U.S. Men lose to Italy.

The pool winner advances to the Final Round on July 4-8 in Sofia, Bulgaria and a chance to win $1 million.

France led the U.S. in kills, 75-61, aces, 9-0, and digs, 42-31. The U.S. led in blocks 19-5 as setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania), outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) were each credited with four.

Suxho set the U.S. to a 53.5 kill percent and a .456 hitting efficiency. France finished with a 51.0 kill percent and a .327 hitting efficiency.

“It’s really tough,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “We won in so many key areas but not in the most important area. We need to pass better. Even though we won the blocking battle, our blocks could be better. France played very well. The made good plays when they needed to."

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) paced the United States with 18 points on 15 attacks (68.18 kill percent, .591 hitting efficiency) and three blocks.

Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 16 points on 13 attacks and three blocks. Priddy totaled 16 points on 12 attacks and four blocks.

“We need to find a way not to start the game off sloppily,” Stanley said. “We had trouble serving and when we did serve well they sent it back. It took me a while to get in a good blocking rhythm. But I figured it out.”

Lee finished with 13 points on nine kills and four blocks. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) tallied 11 points on 10 attacks and one block.

Suxho added five points on 1 attack and four blocks. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) finished with one point on a kill.

Libero Rich Lambourne was credited with four digs and 16 excellent receptions. Priddy led the team in digs with nine while Suxho had eight. Anderson led in excellent receptions with 29.

France’s Antonin Rouzier led all scorers with 21 points on 18 attacks and a match-high three aces. France’s Kevin Tillie added 19 points on 18 spikes and one block.

Knipe started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Suxho at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Lotman, middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and opposite David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) all played as substitutes.

The score was tied 6-6 in the first set when France scored three straight points, including attacks from Marien Moreau and Kevin Tillie, to lead 9-6. France extended its lead to seven at 19-12. With France leading 20-14, the U.S. Men scored three straight points on two spikes from David Lee and one by Priddy to pull to within three at 20-17. The U.S. later cut the lead to two at 21-19. But that was as close as they got as the European side pulled away, reaching set points at 24-20 and winning on a U.S. hitting error.

France took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout of the second set. France still led at 11-8 when it got the ball back on France’s service error and scored three more points on attacks from Anderson and Holmes and a block by Holmes and Priddy to lead 12-11. The teams battled back and forth until the score was tied 14-14. Lee scored with an attack to spark a 5-0 U.S. run that put the North American side ahead 19-14. The U.S. reached set point at 24-20 on a Priddy strike. France scored twice on a Trefle attack and setter dump. The U.S. called timeout and Anderson won the set with a spike.

France took an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout of the third set and maintained it until its lead was 17-15. It scored twice, including an ace from Antonin Rouzier to lead 19-15. The U.S. called timeout and France’s next serve went out of bounds. The U.S. scored three straight points on two blocks and an Anderson attack to tie the score at 19-19. The score was still tied at 23-23 when Lee gave the U.S. set point with an attack and France hit the ball out of bounds to clinch the U.S. victory.

France held an 8-5 edge at the first technical timeout of the fourth set. The U.S. came back to tie the score at 8-8. The teams battled back and forth until the United States led 13-12. Rouzier scored on a spike off the block, then added two aces and another attack to give France a 16-13 lead at the second technical timeout. With France leading 21-17, the U.S. scored on France’s service error and a violation to pull to within two at 21-19. France called timeout and Samica scored on an attack. France reached set point at 24-22. Stanley scored with an attack for the U.S. before Tillie won it for France with a spike.

France took a 3-0 lead in the tie-breaker and still led by three at the side change, 8-5. The United States pulled to within one point at 12-11 and 13-12. France reached match point at 14-12. Holmes scored with an attack, but Rouzier won the match for France with an attack off the block.

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U.S. World League 12-Player Roster for June 30 in Dallas, Texas

1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
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)
11 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)
20 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21 David McKienzie (Opp, 6-4, Littleton, Colo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sealy (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

U.S. World League Schedule/Results
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U.S. World League Schedule/Results
(All times PT unless noted)

In Florence, Italy
May 18: France def. USA, 17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17
May 18: Italy def. Korea, 24-26, 27-25, 21-25, 29-27, 18-16
May 19: USA def. Korea, 20-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 17-15
May 19: Italy def. France, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22
May 20: France def. Korea, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 15-11
May 20: Italy def. USA, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16

In Lyon, France
June 15: France def. Korea, 21-25, 25-15, 31-29, 25-16
June 15: USA def. Italy, 30-28, 28-26, 25-22
June 16: USA def. Korea, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-16
June 16: France def. Italy, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20
June 17: Korea def. Italy, 22-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-15, 15-11
June 17: USA def. France, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21

In Gwangju, Korea
June 22: France def. Korea, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15
June 22: USA def. Italy, 22-25, 25-21, 29-27, 25-16
June 22: Italy def. Korea, 15-25 22-25 25-21 25-22 13-15
June 23: USA def. France, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20
June 24: USA def. Korea, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18

In Dallas, Texas 
June 29: France def. Italy, 29-31, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12
June 29: USA def. Korea, 32-30, 26-24, 25-22
June 30: Italy def. Korea, 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 27-29, 15-12
June 30: France def. USA, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13
July 1 at 5 p.m. CT: France vs. Korea
July 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. Italy