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U.S. Men Beat Italy; Maintain World League Pool Lead

June 22, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)


Matt Anderson attacks against Italy during their World League match on June 22 in Korea.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 22, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team held on to its Pool C lead in the FIVB World League on Friday as it defeated Italy, 22-25, 25-21, 29-27, 25-16 in Gwangju, Korea.

The U.S. Men, who went into the weekend leading Pool C, improved their record to 5-2. Italy, which has been playing a younger lineup, fell to 3-4. The U.S. Men will play France on Saturday and Korea on Sunday. Both matches will be at 12:30 a.m. PT.

The U.S. Men led Italy in kills (55-54), blocks (14-7) and aces (6-4). The United States also held the edge in digs, 11-7. Italy continued to use a young roster as it did during the World League weekend in France and was coached by assistant Paolo Montagnani. The U.S. Men were coached by assistant John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.), who continued to fill in for Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) while Knipe attends to a family issue.

"There were some problems with passing and serving in the first set, but we got better from the second set." Speraw said in an FIVB press release. "We were fortunate to get the third set, which was very competitive. Overall, I am happy to win today’s match."

The U.S. Men struggled early in the match, particularly with serve receive. But the U.S. turned up the blocking in the second set, which helped the offense gain momentum.

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led all scorers with 21 points on 16 attacks (51.6 kill percent, .387 hitting efficiency), four blocks and one ace. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 20 points on 14 kills (53.9 kill percent, 46.2 hitting efficiency), four blocks and two aces. Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) looked strong with 17 points on 10 kills, a match-high five blocks and two aces.

Giulio Sabbi paced Italy with 19 points on 16 attacks, two blocks and one ace.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) scored eight points on eight kills. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) totaled five points on four kills and one block. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored four points on three attacks and one ace.

U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) was credited with 27 assists. He set the U.S. Men to a 50.9 kill percent and a .389 hitting efficiency. Italy had a 47.0 kill percent and a .296 hitting efficiency.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the U.S. in digs with four and was also credited with seven excellent receptions. Anderson led the U.S. in excellent receptions with 15.

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

Rooney substituted for Priddy in the third set and started the rest of the match. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and opposite Dave McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) also played as substitutes.

The U.S. took a 9-5 lead in the first set, scoring the final three straight points on an Anderson kill, Stanley block and Anderson ace. Italy scored on a U.S. service error, but the U.S. Men came back with a Priddy kill and ace from Smith to lead 11-6 and Italy called timeout. With the U.S. leading 12-7, it lost the serve with a service error and Italy scored the next three points to pull to within one at 12-11. Speraw called timeout and Italy’s run ended with a service error. The U.S. led 16-15 at the second TTO, but Italy scored twice after the break on a kill and Italy’s third attack on an overpass of a serve. Italy extended its lead to two at 19-17 and the U.S. called timeout. However the U.S. couldn’t rally and Italy reached set point at 24-21. Anderson scored on an attack, but Italy’s Gabriele Maruotti won it with an attack.

The U.S. took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO of the second set with the U.S. getting a kill and block from Lee and aces from Smith and Priddy. The U.S. increased its lead to nine points at 17-8, but Italy was not done. With the U.S. leading 23-15, Italy scored five straight points to pull to within three. Smith gave the U.S. set points with a quick kill. Italy scored once more on a U.S. service error. But Smith ended the set with a second quick attack down the middle.

The teams stayed close in the third set with Italy taking an 8-7 lead at the first TTO on a kill from Sabbi. Rooney came in for Priddy at the break. Lee tied the score at 8-8 with a kill. The teams battled back and forth until the U.S. scored on an attack by Stanley and block from Smith to go ahead 13-11. The U.S. held a two-point lead at the second TTO, but Italy came out of the break and tied it. The teams battled again until the U.S. took another two-point lead at 20-18 on an Anderson kill and Smith block. Italy called timeout and tied it with a Jiri Kovar block and Maruotti kill. The U.S. called timeout, but Sabbi came back with an ace. The U.S. responded with kills from Smith and Rooney and Italy called timeout. The teams battled back and forth with the U.S. reaching set point first at 24-23 on a Rooney attack. Italy tied the score with a block and took its own set point with a kill from Sabbi. The U.S. called timeout and Lee tied the score with a kill. Italy reached set point again at 26-25 and 27-26. Stanley fought off the second set point with an attack. Anderson followed with a kill of an Italy overpass and Smith won the set with a block.

The U.S. took a 4-1 lead in the fourth set, scoring three points in a row on a Lee block and two straight Stanley aces, causing Italy to call an early timeout. Rooney responded with an attack giving the U.S. a 5-1 lead. It led 8-3 at the first TTO. The U.S. kept up the pressure and Italy failed to score two points in a row. The U.S. led 16-8 at the second TTO. The U.S. led 19-12 when Smith scored on three straight blocks. Italy came back with two kills to cut the U.S. lead to 23-14. The teams then traded service errors until the U.S. had the 25-16 win.

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U.S. World League 12-Player Roster for June 22 in Gwangju, Korea

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: 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 23 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. France

June 24 at 12:30 a.m. USA vs. Korea

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