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Dec 04 U.S. Men Drop Final World Cup Match to Serbia

Dec. 04, 2011, 5:54 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 4, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team ended its 15-day, 11 match 2011 FIVB World Cup campaign with a loss to Serbia, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 on Sunday in Tokyo.

The U.S. Men, ranked fourth in the world, finished the World Cup in sixth place with a 6-5 record. Serbia (5-6), ranked fifth in the world, finishes eighth.

Russia won the World Cup with its 3-2 win Sunday over Poland, which finished second. Both teams have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games despite needing FIVB wild cards to qualify for the World Cup. Brazil clinched third place and the final qualifying slot with a sweep of host Japan on Sunday.

The United States' next opportunity to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games will be at the NORCECA Continental Qualifier in May of 2012.

Serbia, which qualified for the World Cup as the European zone champion, led the U.S. in kills 41-35, in blocks 11-7 and in aces 5-3. The U.S. was also hurt by 18 team errors while Serbia committed 14.

With an Olympic berth off the table, U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) continued to change his lineup on Sunday, sitting libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii).

“We gained a lot of information in this tournament on ourselves,” Knipe said. “One of the two important goals for us — besides qualification — was to figure out exactly what our strength and weaknesses are and what to work on to qualify for the Olympics.

“Today is not how we wanted to end our tournament, but Serbia played well, (Ivan) Miljkovic particularly, he pressured us a lot.”

Serbia’s Ivan Miljkovic dominated the match and was named the Most Impressive Player, leading all scorers with 20 points on 18 attacks and two blocks.

The first set was close with the U.S. trailing by just one at 22-21 when Serbia reached set point on a kill and U.S. service error. The U.S. scored twice on Serbia’s error and an attack from outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.). Miljkovic won the set with a kill. The U.S. led the second set 8-6. Serbia tied it at 8-8. The score was still tied at 11-11 when Serbia used two straight kills and an ace to gain the lead and it went on to win. Serbia was given a yellow card to open the third set and the U.S. took a 5-1 lead. Serbia came back to lead 8-7 and extended it to 13-9 before surging to the win.

Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) led the U.S. on Sunday with 10 points on 10 kills (55.6 kill percent; .444 hitting efficiency). Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added nine points on six attacks (66.7 kill percent; .444 hitting efficiency) and three blocks. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) totaled six points on five kills and one block while Anderson scored six points on six attacks.

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored five points on three attacks, one block and one ace. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) totaled three points on three attacks while middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) added three points on two kills and one block.

Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Calif.) scored one point on a block.

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) was credited with 23 assists. He set the team to a 43.8 kill percent and a .213 hitting percentage.

Libero Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) led the team in digs with eight and in excellent receptions with 10.

Knipe started Anderson and Rooney at outside hitter, Lee and Holmes at middle blocker, Thornton at setter, Patak at opposite and Salmon at libero.

Lotman and Priddy played as substitutes and started the third set at outside hitter. Holt started the third set at middle blocker for Holmes.

Priddy, the acting U.S. team captain in Stanley’s absence, acknowledged the U.S. fans after the match.

“First, I want to publicly acknowledge our U.S. Armed Forces here in Japan, the Air Force in particular – you’ll notice the shirt I’m wearing. We’re very proud for their service and proud to play in front of them,” he said. “Tonight was pretty disappointing but Serbia played well.”

The U.S. lost to Serbia earlier this season at the London International Invitational and also fell to the Europeans in the final round of the 2009 World League Final Round. The U.S. is now 10-13 against Serbia (previously Serbia and Montenegro) since 1981.

“Well although it was the last game I’m proud of my guys tonight, and I’m glad no one got injured during this tournament,” Miljkovic said. “It’s always inspiring to play the USA we tried our best and I think we did well serving tonight.”

The teams traded points to open the first set, with Serbia taking an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) thanks to a kill by Miljkovic. The U.S. got two kills each from Anderson and Patak. Lee scored after the break to tie the score at 8-8. Serbia used a kill and block to increase its lead to two at 10-8. The U.S. came back and used a Serbian serving error; Patak block and Rooney kill to lead 12-11. Serbia responded with two straight kills to regain the lead 13-12. Patak tied it with a kill, but Serbia scored twice more with a kill and block and led 16-14 at the second TTO. Serbia increased its lead to 22-19. The U.S. came back to score on a Rooney kill and Serbia net violation. Serbia reached set point at 24-21 on a kill and U.S. service error. The U.S. scored twice on Serbia’s error and an Anderson attack. But Miljkovic won the set with a kill. Miljkovic scored eight points in the set. Patak led the U.S. with five.

The U.S. took a 4-2 lead to open the second set, getting two kills from Lee, a block from Patak and a Serbia error. Serbia tied the score at 6-6, but the U.S. scored on Serbia’s service error and an Anderson kill to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. Miljkovic came back with a block and kill to tie the score. The score was still tied at 11-11 when Serbia used two straight kills and an ace to lead 14-11. Knipe called timeout, but Serbia came back with a block. Serbia’s run ended with a serving error, but a U.S. serving error gave the Europeans a 16-12 lead at the second TTO. Serbia used two straight kills to increase its lead to five at 19-14 and the U.S. called timeout. Serbia responded with its third ace of the set and rolled to the set victory, 25-17. Serbia led in attacks 14-9, in blocks 3-1, in aces 3-0 and in digs 6-2.

Serbia was given a yellow card to open the third set and the U.S. surged to a 4-0 lead behind Patak’s serve, scoring on a Lee kill and block along with Serbia’s error. Serbia called timeout and the next U.S. serve went long. With the U.S. leading 5-1, Serbia used two kills and two aces to tie the score. Serbia’s next serve went long and Holt used a block to give the U.S. a 7-5 lead. But Serbia used a kill and two blocks to lead 8-7 at the first TTO. With Serbia leading 10-9, it used a kill, a U.S. violation and a kill of an overpass to lead 13-9 and Knipe called timeout. Patak responded with a kill, but two straight U.S. errors put Serbia ahead 15-10 and the Europeans led 16-11 at the second TTO. Trailing 17-12, the U.S. got two straight points off a Lee block and Priddy kill, but Serbia quickly ended the run with a kill and extended its lead to six at 20-14. Knipe called timeout and the U.S. responded with a Priddy kill, Holt block and Thornton ace to pull to within three at 20-17 and Serbia called timeout. Miljkovic responded with a kill. The U.S. came back with a Rooney back-row attack and Priddy ace to pull to within two at 21-19. But Serbia scored with a kill and went on to score the next three points to win the set and match.

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 2011
U.S. Men's Roster for Dec. 4
 
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)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-9, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Doctor: Scott Magness and William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Massage Therapist: Eli Evette
Scout Coach: Frank Ciarelli
Scout Coach: Andy Read

Qualified Teams

Team (Qualification Method, World Ranking as of Jan 15, 2011, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South America Champion, 1, 1)
Serbia (Europe Champion, 3, 5)
Cuba (NORCECA Champion, 4, 6)
Egypt (Africa Champion, 13, 12)
Iran (Asia Champion, 19, 14)
USA (NORCECA Runner Up, 5, 4)
Italy (Europe Runner Up, 6, 3)
Argentina (South America Runner Up, 8, 9)
China (Asia Runner Up, 11, 10)
Japan (Hosts, 14, 18)
Russia (Wild Card, 2, 2)
Poland (Wild Card, 10, 8)

Tournament Schedule and Results (All times local except for U.S. matches in bold)

1st round
Nagoya (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityResult
1 SRB-ARG 20-Nov 11:00 Nagoya ARG def SRB, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
2 POL-CUB 20-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def CUB, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16
3 IRI-JPN 20-Nov 18:20 Nagoya IRI def JPN, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15
7 CUB-IRI 21-Nov 11:00 Nagoya CUB def IRI, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22
8 SRB-POL 21-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def SRB 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 30-28
9 ARG-JPN 21-Nov 18:20 Nagoya ARG def JPN 25-22, 21-25, 11-25, 25-15, 15-12
13 IRI-SRB 22-Nov 11:00 Nagoya IRI def SRB 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11
14 POL-ARG 22-Nov 15:00 Nagoya POL def ARG 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22
15 JPN-CUB 22-Nov 18:20 Nagoya CUB def JPN 25-21, 25-23, 25-22

Kagoshima (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityResult
4 CHN-USA 20-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima USA def. CHN 25-14, 25-23, 25-21
5 ITA-RUS 20-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima RUS def ITA 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21
6 EGY-BRA 20-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima BRA def EGY 25-19, 25-13, 25-19
10 EGY-ITA 21-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima ITA def EGY 25-22, 25-15, 25-20
11 BRA-USA 21-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima BRA def USA 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16
12 RUS-CHN 21-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def CHN 25-18, 25-20, 25-18
16 CHN-EGY 22-Nov 11:00 Kagoshima EGY def CHN 25-20, 25-20, 25-18
17 ITA-BRA 22-Nov 15:00 Kagoshima ITA def BRA 25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 22-20
18 USA-RUS 22-Nov 18:20 Kagoshima RUS def USA, 25-18, 25-19, 26-24

2nd round

Osaka (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityResult
19 ARG-CUB 24-Nov 11:00 Osaka ARG def CUB 17-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-17
20 POL-IRI 24-Nov 15:00 Osaka IRI def POL 23-25, 28-26, 8-25, 26-24, 15-11
21 SRB-JPN 24-Nov 18:20 Osaka SRB def JPN 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 15-12
25 IRI-ARG 25-Nov 11:00 Osaka IRI def ARG 15-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12
26 CUB-SRB 25-Nov 15:00 Osaka CUB def SRB 17-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17
27 JPN-POL 25-Nov 18:20 Osaka POL def JPN 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 18-25

Kumamoto (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityResult
22 EGY-USA 24-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto USA def EGY 25-19, 25-20, 25-20
23 BRA-RUS 24-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto BRA def RUS 25-16, 25-19, 25-22
24 ITA-CHN 24-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto ITA def CHN 25-10, 25-18, 25-14
28 RUS-EGY 25-Nov 11:00 Kumamoto RUS def EGY 25-18 25-17 23-25 25-9
29 CHN-BRA 25-Nov 15:00 Kumamoto BRA def CHN 23-25, 25-10, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8
30 USA-ITA 25-Nov 18:20 Kumamoto ITA def USA 41-39, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21

3rd round

Fukuoka (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityResult
31 IRI-USA 27-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka USA def IRI 25-15, 27-25, 25-14
32 POL-CHN 27-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka JPN def EGY 27-29, 25-17, 25-23, 25-12
33 JPN-EGY 27-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka JPN def EGY 27-29, 25-17, 25-23, 25-12
37 IRI-EGY 28-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka IRI def EGY 25-18 25-21 25-15
38 POL-USA 28-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka POL def USA 25-15, 25-20, 25-18
39 JPN-CHN 28-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka JPN def CHN 25-23 25-20 26-24
43 POL-EGY 29-Nov 11:00 Fukuoka POL def EGY 25-21 26-24 25-21
44 IRI-CHN 29-Nov 15:00 Fukuoka CHN def IRI 25-19, 25-19, 25-17
45 JPN-USA 29-Nov 18:20 Fukuoka USA def JPN 39-37, 25-16, 25-15

Hamamatsu (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityResult
34 SRB-RUS 27-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def SRB 25-16, 25-16, 25-15
35 ARG-BRA 27-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu BRA def ARG 25-22, 25-20, 25-21
36 CUB-ITA 27-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu CUB def ITA 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17
40 ARG-RUS 28-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def ARG 25-23, 25-22, 25-19
41 CUB-BRA 28-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu CUB def BRA 17-25 25-22 25-23 20-25 15-12
42 SRB-ITA 28-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu ITA def SRB 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20
46 CUB-RUS 29-Nov 11:00 Hamamatsu RUS def CUB 25-23, 25-27, 25-18, 25-12
47 ARG-ITA 29-Nov 15:00 Hamamatsu ITA def ARG 34-36, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20
48 SRB-BRA 29-Nov 18:20 Hamamatsu SRB def BRA 27-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22

4th round

Tokyo (Site A)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall/Results
49 IRI-BRA 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo BRA def IRI 25-20, 25-18, 25-16
50 POL-ITA 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo POL def ITA 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-12
51 JPN-RUS 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo RUS def JPN 25-23, 25-16, 25-23
55 IRI-RUS 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo RUS def IRI 31-29, 25-21, 25-18
56 POL-BRA 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo BRA def POL 25-18 25-21 18-25 19-25 12-15
57 JPN-ITA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo ITA def JPN 25-22, 26-24, 25-22
61 POL-RUS 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo RUS def POL 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 17-15
62 IRI-ITA 04-Dec 15:00 Tokyo ITA def IRI 25-13, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18
63 JPN-BRA 04-Dec 18:20 Tokyo BRA def JPN 25-21, 25-19, 25-22

Tokyo (Site B)

NoTeamsDateTimeCityHall/Results
52 SRB-EGY 02-Dec 11:00 Tokyo SRB def EGY 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 28-26
53 CUB-CHN 02-Dec 15:00 Tokyo CUB def CHN 25-21, 18-25, 26-28, 25-20, 15-13
54 ARG-USA 02-Dec 18:20 Tokyo USA def ARG 27-29, 25-14, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12
58 SRB-CHN 03-Dec 11:00 Tokyo SRB def CHN 24-26 25-18 25-19 25-12
59 ARG-EGY 03-Dec 15:00 Tokyo ARG def EGY 25-20 25-21 25-17
60 CUB-USA 03-Dec 18:20 Tokyo USA def CUB 20-25 25-14 18-25 25-22 11-15
64 CUB-EGY 04-Dec 11:00 Tokyo CUB def EGY 26-24, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20
65 ARG-CHN 04-Dec 14:00 Tokyo ARG def CHN 25-23 31-29 25-18
66 SRB-USA 04-Dec 17:00 Tokyo SRB def USA 25-23 25-17 25-19
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