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Feb 17 U.S. Men's Update: It's Winder for the Win

Feb. 17, 2011, 4:30 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 17, 2011) – U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) came to the rescue of his Greek league team PAOK and helped it to a 3-2 (24-26, 17-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23) victory over Aris Thessaloniki on Feb. 11.

Winder entered the match as a substitute in the second set and then started the next three. He scored four points on two kills and two blocks and also combined to set the team to a 0.41 hitting percentage.

PAOK’s head coach John Melk said (via translation): "We had faith, action and passion. The entrance to the Winder changed the game. He always plays to win.”

PAOK is in fourth place in the league.

In Greek Cup play on Feb. 16, PAOK defeated AO Kifisias, 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-14, 16-25, 23-21). Winder started the match and scored three points.

U.S. opposite Will Price (Gaithersburg, Md.) helped his Hellenic league team GS Lamia to a 25-22, 30-28, 25-21 victory over Panellinios Athens on Feb. 12. Price had 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks. U.S. outside hitter Kris Berzins (Brinklow, Md.) played for Athens and scored eight points on eight kills.

GS Lamia is in sixth place in the league.

In Greek Cup play on Feb. 16, GS Lamia fell to Panathinaikos, 25-18, 25-21, 26-24. Price started the match and scored 10 points on kills.

After two straight losses, Iraklis, including U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and outside hitter Ryan Owens (Evanston, Ill.), beat Apollon Kalamarias, 25-22, 25-15, 28-26 on Feb. 12.

Billings led the team with 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace. Owens added seven points on five kills and two aces.

Iraklis leads the Hellenic league.

In Greek Cup play on Feb. 16, Iraklis defeated Aris Thessaloniki, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23. Billings scored 12 points on 11 kills and one ace. Owens added eight on four kills and four aces.

U.S. outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Olympiacos lost to AO Kifisias, 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 14-25, 15-11) on Feb. 12. Olympiacos is in third place in the league.

In Greek Cup play on Feb. 16, Olympiacos defeated Panellinios Athens, 25-15, 25-20, 25-21. Jablonsky started the first set and scored four points on three kills and one block. Berzins played for Athens. 

KOREA

U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) led his Korean league team Korean Air to a 3-1 (26-24, 25-15, 24-26, 25-15) victory over LIG on Feb. 14.

Patak scored on 21 kills, three blocks and three aces.

On Feb. 12, KAL defeated Woori, 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11). Patak started the first three sets and scored 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace.

KAL continues to lead the Korean league.

GERMANY

U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and his German league team SCC Berlin went 1-1 in two matches this week.

On Feb. 13, Berlin lost to Generali Haching, 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 24-26, 25-17). Touzinsky led his team with 12 points on nine kills (0.35 hitting percentage), two blocks and one ace. He was credited with 27 receptions, 57 percent positive and 19 percent excellent. The leading scorer for Haching was Paul Carroll, a native of Australia who played at Pepperdine.

To view photos from the match, click here.

On Feb. 16, Berlin came back to defeat evivo Duren, 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-16, 26-28, 15-12). Touzinsky scored nine points on seven kills (0.33 hitting percentage), one block and one ace. He was credited with 22 receptions, 73 percent positive and 27 percent excellent.

ITALY

U.S. outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) helped his Serie A league team Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza to a 1-1 record in their last two matches.

On Feb. 16, Monza Brianza defeated Sisley Treviso, 25-20, 26-24, 30-28. Rooney led all scorers with 18 points on 16 kills (0.52 hitting percentage) and two blocks. He was credited with 24 receptions, 63 percent positive and 38 percent excellent.

The victory came after a 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23) loss to Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo on Feb. 13. Rooney scored 15 points on 15 kills (0.54 hitting percentage) and was credited with 29 receptions, 69 percent positive and 48 percent excellent.

Monza Brianza is in fifth place in the league.

Marmi Lanza Verona, including U.S. middle blocker Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), also went 1-1 in its last two matches.

On Feb. 16, Verona defeated Andreoli Latina, 3-1 (20-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-21). Lotman scored 18 points on 16 kills (0.70 hitting percentage) and two blocks. He was credited with 28 receptions, 68 percent positive and 39 percent excellent.

Brunner added 10 points on nine kills (0.62 hitting percentage) and one block.

The victory came after a 25-22, 25-23, 27-25 loss on Feb. 13 to Lube Banca Marche Macerata. Lotman finished with 10 points on seven kills, one block and two aces. Brunner added two points on two kills.

Verona is in seventh place in the league.

U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) led Copra Morpho Piacenza to a 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 26-28, 25-22) victory over Yoga Forli on Feb. 16. Holt was named the match’s most valuable player after leading his team with nine kills (0.90 hitting percentage), 10 blocks and two aces.

The victory came after a 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 28-30, 20-18) loss on Feb. 13 to Andreoli Latina. Holt scored 12 points on seven kills (0.50) hitting percentage, two blocks and three aces.

Piacenza is in 11th place in the league.

U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia have suffered two straight losses. On Feb. 13, Vibo Valentia fell to Sisley Treviso, 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-12). Anderson led all scorers with 26 points on 24 kills (0.64 hitting percentage) and two aces. He was also credited with 27 receptions, 78 percent positive and 48 percent excellent.

On Feb. 16, Vibo Valentia lost to league-leading Itas Diatec Trentino, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20. Anderson scored 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks. He was credited with 22 receptions, 36 percent positive and 23 percent excellent.

Vibo Valentia is in 10th place in the league.

U.S. opposite  Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) scored 16 points on 16 kills as his Italian Serie A2 league team Sir Safety Perugia defeated NGM Mobile Santa Croce, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-12) on Feb. 13.

BRAZIL

U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and his Brazilian Superleague team Vivo/Minas defeated Santo Andre/Spred, 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 15-7) on Feb. 10.

Holmes scored 11 points, including one ace. Vivo/Minas is in sixth place in the league.

POLAND

In the third round of playoffs for Poland’s Plusliga, U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów defeated Delecta Bydgoszcz, 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 on Feb. 12.

Millar scored nine points on five kills, two blocks and two aces. Asseco Resovia Rzeszów is in second place in the playoffs.

To view photos from the match, click here.

RUSSIA

Zenit Kazan, the Russian Super League team of U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), won two matches in the last week and continues to lead the league.

On Feb. 13, Kazan topped Dynamo Krasnodar, 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23).

Ball started all three sets and scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace. He also set the team to a 0.47 hitting percentage. Priddy started all four sets and scored 10 points on nine kills (0.26 hitting percentage) and one block. He was also credited with 16 receptions, 50 percent positive and 31 percent excellent.

To view photos from the match, click here.

On Feb. 16, Kazan defeated Yaroslavich Yaroslavl, 3-1 (25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20). Ball and Priddy both played only as substitutes, with Priddy scoring two points on two blocks.

U.S. middle blocker Andrew Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) has joined Yaroslavl, but did not play in the Feb. 16 match.

U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and his team Fakel Novy Urengoi went 1-1 in their last two matches.

On Feb. 13, Fakel fell to Gazprom-Ugra Surgut, 3-2 (20-25, 18-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-13). Hansen started the first set and substituted in the final three. He did not score.

On Feb. 16, Fakel defeated Dynamo Moscow, 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19). Fakel is in fifth place in the league. Hansen did not play.

U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and his team Ural Ufa lost to Iskra Odintsovo, 25-12, 29-27, 28-26, on Feb. 12. Stanley led his team with 15 points on 13 kills (0.32 hitting percentage), one block and one ace.

Ufa came back on Feb. 16 to defeat U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and his team Kuzbass Kemerovo, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23).

Stanley led all scorers with 27 points on 24 kills (0.49 hitting percentage) and three aces. Lee scored four points on three blocks and one kill for Kuzbass.

SPAIN

U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), outside hitter Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Unicaja Almeria swept Tenerife Sur, 25-18, 25-15, 25-16, on Feb. 12.

Smith started all three sets and scored seven points on five kills (1.0 hitting percentage) and two blocks. Salmon substituted in the second set and started the third, scoring seven points on six kills (0.86 hitting percentage) and one ace.

Almeria leads the league.

FRANCE

U.S. setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and outside hitter Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) led their French B league team Chaumont to a 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19) victory over Orange on Feb. 12.

Vance led all scorers with 20 points on 15 kills (0.43 kill percentage), four blocks and one ace. Thornton added six points on two kills and a match-high four aces.

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