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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 21, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team improved its record to 1-1 at the London Volleyball International Invitational with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Egypt on Thursday at Earls Court in Great Britain.
The U.S. Men will play Mexico (0-2) on Friday. Egypt (0-2) will face Serbia (2-0).
Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) made their first starts of the year for the U.S. Men. Smith finished with five points on three kills and two blocks.
Hansen scored two points on a block and a kill and set the team to a 0.590 hitting efficiency and a 62.1 kill percent.
The U.S. finished with 44 kills on 66 attempts and had just two errors. Egypt totaled 37 kills on 78 attempts with 11 errors. The U.S. had seven aces while Egypt had five and the U.S. Men out-blocked Egypt, 6-5.
Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) led the U.S. Men in scoring with 15 points on 11 kills (0.409 hitting efficiency, 50.0 kill percent) and four aces. Outside hitter Matt Anderson totaled 12 points on nine kills (0.563 hitting efficiency and 56.3 kill percent), one block and two aces.
Outside hitter Paul Lotman finished with 11 points on 10 kills (0.833 hitting efficiency and 83.3 kill percent) and one ace. Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored nine points on seven kills (0.778 hitting efficiency and 77.8 kill percent) and two blocks.
Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay led all scorers with 16 points on 15 kills and one ace. However, no other Egyptian players scored in double digits.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe started Anderson and Lotman at outside hitter, Smith and Holmes at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Hansen at setter and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) at libero.
London Volleyball International Invitational
July 20-24 at Earls Court in Great Britain
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
3. Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
10. Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13. Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
14. Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
19. Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Bill Neville
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Therapist/Trainer: Mike Sealy
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Tournament Schedule and Results (all times PT)
Brazil def. Egypt, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16
Great Britain def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23
Serbia def. USA, 16-25, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24
USA def. Egypt, 25-23 25-17 25-21
Brazil def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14
Serbia def. Great Britain, 25-18, 25-14, 27-25
7 a.m. Egypt vs. Serbia
9 a.m. Great Britain vs. Brazil
11 a.m. USA vs. Mexico
7 a.m. Brazil vs. Serbia
9 a.m. Egypt vs. Mexico
11 a.m. USA vs. Great Britain
7 a.m. Mexico vs. Serbia
9 a.m. Egypt vs. Great Britain
11 a.m. USA vs. Brazil