World League a Learning Experience for U.S. Men
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
GREEN BAY Wis. (June 26, 2008) - The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team will try to rebound from its first loss of the FIVB World League - a five-set (12-25, 25-16, 25-20, 12-25, 15-13) defeat at the hands of Bulgaria - this weekend when it takes on Finland at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.
U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon doesn't like to lose, but admitted that there was a positive side to losing to Bulgaria.
"We forgot the importance, in the international arena, of taking care of your side of the net," McCutcheon said. "Every year it takes something like this to remind us of what it takes to win at the international level."
One night after defeating Bulgaria handily (25-23, 25-16, 25-16) the U.S. Men missed seven serves in the fifth set against Bulgaria, essentially giving away any hopes they had of winning.
While the United States defeated Finland in both matches the teams played on June 13-14 in Espoo, Finland, McCutcheon knows better than to take the Northern European team lightly.
"Finland is a good team. I think our victories in Finland were more a result of us playing well than of their playing poorly." McCutcheon said.
Team USA won its first match against Finland 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20) and came back to win 3-0 (20-25 19-25 16-25) on the second night.
Finland's scoring was led by Urpo Sivula and Mikko Oivanen. The U.S. Men were led by Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai'i).
Although both the United States and Bulgaria lead Pool C with 3-1 records, Team USA maintains the overall lead thanks to a better points ratio. Spain sits at 2-2 and Finland is 0-4.
After the first two weeks of World League, Stanley is second among servers with eight aces in 34 attempts. Lambourne is third among receivers with 50 "excellents" in 73 attempts for a 65.75 success percentage. Millar is fifth among blockers with 11 blocks and 15 faults in 33 attempts. Priddy is fifth among spikers with 37 kills in 65 attempts for a success percentage of 57.
The World League is a 16-team tournament with a prize purse in excess of $13 million. Teams must qualify for the final round, which will take place July 23-27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
WORLD LEAGUE TICKETS: Tickets for the FIVB World League matches in Green Bay, Wis. (June 27-28 vs. Finland) and Bloomington, Ill. (July 11-12 vs. Spain) are still available. To purchase tickets, go to the USA Volleyball World League site at www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL.asp.
View the U.S. Men's World League Media Guide at www.usavolleyball.org/media/national/08WL_MNTMediaGuide.pdf.
View the Green Bay Event Media Guide at www.usavolleyball.org/media/national/08WL_FiVBmediakit2.pdf.
The U.S. World League site is www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL.asp.
The FIVB World League site is www.fivb.org/EN/Volleyball/Competitions/WorldLeague/2008.
2008 FIVB World League
U.S. Men's Roster
1 Lloy Ball (S, 6-8, Woodburn, Ind., Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne)
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)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Palmdale, Calif., BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 C Tom Hoff (MB, 6-8, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Gabe Gardner (OPP, 6-9, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Team Manager: Arnie Ball
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen
Assistant Coach: John Speraw
Team Doctor: Michael Terry/William Briner
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
FIVB 2008 World League Standings as of June 26 (click on link to view team profile):
U.S. World League Schedule and Results
Date: June 13-14
Location: Helsinki, Finland (LänsiAuto Arena)
June 13: USA def. Finland, 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20)
June 14: USA def. Finland, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-16)
Date: June 20-21
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
June 20: USA def. Bulgaria, 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-16)
June 21: Bulgaria def. USA, 3-2 (12-25, 25-16, 25-20, 12-25, 15-13)
Date: June 27-28 (7 p.m. local both nights)
Location: Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.
Date: July 4 and 6
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: July 11-12 (7 p.m. local both nights)
Location: U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.
Date: July 18-19
Location: Varna, Bulgaria
Date: July 23-27
Event: World League Final (must qualify)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil