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US Men Coast Past Korea in FIVB World League

June 24, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Matt Anderson attacks against Korea during their World League match on July 24


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 24, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will return to the United States on a six-match, FIVB World League win streak after defeating Korea, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 on Sunday in Gwangju, Korea.

The U.S. Men (7-2) leave Gwangju in first place in Pool C and will host their final three pool play matches on June 29-July 1 at the Dallas Convention Center Arena in Texas. (BUY TICKETS) Korea fell to 1-8 with Sunday’s loss.

If the U.S. Men can continue their winning streak in Dallas, they will qualify for the World League Final Round on July 4-8 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The winning World League team earns $1 million.

“It is nice to win three straight World League matches in Gwangju,” U.S. opposite and team captain Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) said. “ It was an almost perfect game today. Both serving and blocking were very good. I hope we have more games like this.“

The U.S. Men led Korea in kills (39-37), blocks (10-4) and aces (6-1). The U.S. Men also scored on 20 Korean team errors while committing only 14.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led the U.S. with 13 points on nine attacks, one block and a match-high three aces. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) added 12 points on nine kills (51.72 kill percent, .379 hitting efficiency), two blocks and one ace.

Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished with nine points on seven kills (58.3 kill percent, .500 hitting efficiency), one block and one ace. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored eight points on six attacks and two blocks. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) totaled six points on four attacks and two blocks.

Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) contributed three points on one kill and two blocks. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) added two points on one attack and one ace and opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) scored two points on two attacks.

Suxho was credited with 26 assists and no faults. He set the team to a 53.4 kill percent and a .411 hitting efficiency. Korea’s kill percent was 46.3 and its hitting efficiency was .213.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team with three digs and also had nine excellent receptions.

Chul-Woo Park led Korea with 13 points on 12 kills and one block.

U.S. Coach John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.), who continued to fill in for Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) while Knipe attends to a family issue, started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Holmes and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Suxho at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Lotman, Gardner and opposite Dave McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) played as substitutes.

Lotman, Gardner and David McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) played as substitutes.

The two teams were tied in the first set at 6-6 when the U.S. opened up a two-point lead on a Holmes kill and Lee block to lead 8-6 at the first technical timeout (TTO). Korea tied it on two straight kills and the teams battled back and forth. With the score tied 11-11, the U.S. scored on a Holmes block and Stanley kill to lead 13-11 and Korea called timeout. Korea ended the run with a kill but the U.S. still led by two at the second TTO. With the U.S. Men leading 17-16, the U.S. scored three straight on Anderson’s right-side attack, Lee’s block and Korea’s hitting error. Korea called timeout, but Anderson came back with two aces and a back-row attack to give the U.S. a 23-16 lead. The U.S. reached set point at 24-17, but Korea scored three straight points to cut the lead to four. Speraw called timeout and Priddy came back to end the set with a kill. Korea led in kills 15-14, but the U.S. led in blocks 6-1 and in aces 2-0.

The teams kept the score close to open the second set. The U.S. Men took an 8-7 lead at the first TTO on a kill by Priddy, his second of the set. Holmes, Stanley and Anderson also connected on attacks. After the break, Anderson increased the U.S. lead to two with an ace. With the U.S. leading 9-8, it used a 6-1 scoring run to lead 16-9 at the second TTO. The run included attacks from Priddy and Holmes, blocks by Stanley and Holmes and a Stanley ace. Korea scored on a U.S. service error and an ace. But it was never again able to score more than one point in a row. The U.S. reached set point at 24-17 on an Anderson strike. Korea scored with an attack, but its next serve went into the net to give the U.S. Men the win. The U.S. scored on nine Korea team errors in the set while committing six.

The U.S. took a 6-3 lead to open the third set, including an ace from Priddy, kills by Stanley and Anderson and a Suxho block. Korea called timeout, but Holmes scored on a kill. Korea came back with an attack and block to pull to within two, but Anderson responded with a kill to give the U.S. an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. With the U.S. leading 9-7, it scored three straight points and Korea called timeout. It scord after the break and the two teams went back and forth. The U.S. Men led 16-11 at the second TTO. Korea never rallied and the U.S. cruised to the victory.

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U.S. World League 12-Player Roster for June 24 in Gwangju, Korea

1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)

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)

15. Gabe Gardner (Opp, 6-8, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)

20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)

21. David McKienzie (Opp, 6-4, Littleton, Colo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)

Team Manager: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, 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 – BUY TICKETS

June 29 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. Korea

June 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. France

July 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT: USA vs. Italy