B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2010) – USA Volleyball has announced the 14-man roster that will compete at the FIVB Men’s World Volleyball Championships on Sept. 25-Oct. 10 in Italy.
The team is leaving Friday (Sept. 17) evening for Catania, Italy, where it will play exhibition matches against Italian club volleyball teams before beginning competition on Sept. 25 against Mexico in Reggio Calabria. Twelve players will be chosen from the roster of 14 prior to each match.
The team includes a mix of veterans who carry gold medals from the 2008 Olympic Games and FIVB World League and younger players looking to make an impact in their first world championship.
“It’s not necessarily the team we would have chosen on paper to start the summer,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “But that’s why you have training blocks and you get into the gym. Guys play themselves into position.”
When asked about the team’s strengths, Knipe said, “We’ve put a premium on passing and serving, but more than that, for the first time in two years we’ve had time to really train as a group. We’ve worked a lot on cohesiveness and the overall team system.”
Leading the team will be captain and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), a two-time Olympian was on the 2008 Olympic and World League gold medal teams. Priddy played in 17 sets (six matches) for the U.S. Men in the 2010 FIVB World League where the team finished eighth. He finished the League with 51 points. His 3 points per set was good enough for a fourth-place finish on the squad. He also tallied 16 digs (0.33 per set).
Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), another 2008 veteran, played in 33 sets in the 2010 World League and was the team’s second leading scorer with 104 total points and 3.15 points per set. His 89 kills (2.70 per set) were good enough for 32nd place among the top hitters.
Outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), a two-time Olympian and 2008 veteran, played in 19 sets in the 2010 World League and tallied 41 kills (2.16 per set). He finished the League with a 0.247 hitting percentage and a total of 45 points (2.37 per set).
Joining the veteran outside hitters will be Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), both of whom have played in the United States’ last two World League campaigns.
Anderson played in 31 sets of the 2010 World League where he tallied 83 kills (2.68 per set). He ranked 31st among the League's best attackers and he finished third on the team with 3.06 points per set.
Lotman played in 25 pool play sets for the U.S. Men during the2010 World League and posted totaled 50 points, including 25 kills (1.71 per set). His 45 "excellent" tied him for 24th among the League's best receivers.
At middle blocker, 2008 veteran David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) will be joined by two relative newcomers in Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Lee played in all 49 sets of pool play for the U.S. Men in the 2010 World League. He finished pool play as the League's fourth-best blocker with 40 (0.82 blocks per set). He also tallied 58 kills (1.18 per set) and had an attacking percentage of .333. He finished the League with 106 points and averaged 2.16 points per set.
Holmes made his debut with the U.S. team at the 2009 World League, but saw significant playing time in 2010. He played in 27 sets, posting 43 kills (1.52 per set) and his .524 hitting percentage was the team-high. His 23 stuff blocks (0.47 per set) were good enough for second place among the team's leaders and 33rd among the League's best blockers.
Holt made his debut with the team at the 2010 World League and appeared in 19 sets. He totaled 10 kills (0.53 per set), two stuff blocks (0.04 per set) and two service aces (0.04 per set).
At opposite, 2008 Olympic Most Valuable Player Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) will be joined by Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who will be making his U.S. Men’s Team debut.
Stanley, a two-time Olympian, played in 33 sets in the 2010 World League and was the teams' best scorer with 113 points, good for 31st among all League players. He was also the team leader in points per set with 3.42. He posted a team-high 91 kills. He also tallied 12 aces (0.24 per set) and 10 stuff blocks (0.24 per set).
Clark is entering his junior season at UC Irvine, where he won an NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship in 2009. Clark played with the U.S. A2 team that won the gold medal at the 2010 Pan American Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
At setter, 2008 veteran Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) will be joined by Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.).
Hansen, who split starts at the 2010 World League with Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) until Suxho was injured, played in 32 sets and tallied 176 running sets and 553 still sets, good enough for 14th place among the League's best setters.
Winder was on the roster for the 2009 World League and played sparingly, but was not on the roster in 2010.
The libero position will be held down by 2008 veteran Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) and Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.), who has been on the roster for the last two World League campaigns.
Lambourne played in 45 sets over the course of the 2010 World League and led the team with 64 digs (1.31 per set). He also ranked 11th among the League's best in both digs and liberos, where he tallied 150 "excellents". He averaged 3.06 "excellents" per set.
Reft started the United States’ last match of the 2010 World League against Russia. In the four-set-contest, he tallied nine digs (0.18 per set).
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will lead the team, assisted by Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calf.) and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.). U.S. Men’s Technical Coordinator Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and athletic trainer Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa) will also travel with the team.
Greg Vernovage (Susquehanna, Pa.) will serve as the team’s manager. Andrew Gregory (Nashville, Tenn.) and Keith Feder (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) will be the team doctors.
The U.S. Men begin World Championship competition with the first round of pool play in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on Sept. 25 against Mexico at noon PT. On Sept. 26, they will play Venezuela at noon PT and on Sept. 27, the will play Argentina at noon PT. Their results in the first round will determine where the team goes next.
To reach the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship page, click here.
2010 FIVB World Championships Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
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 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Carson Clark (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Greg Vernovage (Susquehanna, Pa.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Trainer: Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Team Doctors: Andrew Gregory (Nashville, Tenn.) and Keith Feder (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)