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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 20, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team opened the 2011 FIVB World Cup with a 25-14, 25-23, 25-21 sweep of China on Sunday morning in Kagoshima, Japan.
The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Dec. 4 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Men’s tournament event page at usavolleyball.org/events/5557.
The U.S. Men, ranked fourth in the world, will finish the first round against world No. 1 Brazil on Monday (10 p.m. Sunday, PT) and No. 2 Russia on Tuesday (1:20 a.m. Tuesday, PT).
Opposite and team captain Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) led all scorers on Sunday with 17 points on 12 kills, a team-high four blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) was named the match’s Most Important Player in scoring 14 points on a match-high 13 attacks and one ace. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) added 14 points on 11 attacks and a match-high three aces.
The U.S. Men took a 14-9 lead in the first set. China battled back to within two points, but Anderson served for the final five points, including two aces, as the U.S. cruised to the 25-14 win. In the second set, the U.S. Men had to battle back from an 18-13 deficit, but put together several small runs of points to tie the score at 22-22 and 23-23 before scoring twice for the victory. China again held an advantage in the third set, although the U.S. Men kept them closer. China’s lead was 8-6 at the first technical timeout and 16-15 at the second. With China leading 20-19, Anderson scored with a kill, giving setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) the serve. Hansen served the U.S. to match point, getting blocks from Stanley and Priddy and a kill from middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) along the way. China scored with a block before Anderson won the match with a kill.
"I thought our winning the first set was due largely to Matt Anderson’s serving and I thought we played well around that run," U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. "In set 2, China played better, and we had some errors. But the good thing was how much composure we showed, not panicking; chipping away, and putting ourselves in a position to win.
"The third was closer from start to finish and at the end we didn’t just score on stuff blocks but had some good scores, good blocking and defense. They served a lot to [Matthew] Anderson and [Richard] Lambourne, and gave us an opportunity to side out."
The U.S. led China in attacks, 43-31, in blocks, 9-8 and in aces, 5-1. Hansen was credited with 56 assists and no errors and set the team to a kill percent of 51.2 and a hitting efficiency of 0.369 (43-12-84). China had a kill percent of 38.8 and a hitting efficiency of 0.213 (21-14-80).
"China plays fast, with good ball control and great defense," Priddy said. "It was difficult, but we’re glad to get momentum on our side in many phases of the game. It’s a good to start to a tournament like this. I’m looking forward to getting back to hotel and resting."
Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) totaled five points on two kills and two blocks. Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) added four points on three attacks and two blocks. Hansen scored two points on blocks and Millar scored his one point on a kill.
Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team in digs with 12 and Anderson led in excellent receptions with 23. Lambourne added nine.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Lee and Holt at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.
Millar and Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) played as substitutes.
China, which is ranked 10th in the world, qualified as the runner-up in the Asian zone. The U.S. is now 44-12 against China since 1981. Hongmin Bian led China with 10 points on seven kills and three blocks.
"Because this is the beginning of the World Cup we thought this was an important match," China Head Coach Zhou Jianan said. "We trained well for this. In the first set we did badly, but in the second and third we had chances but couldn’t capitalize, or hold our rhythm until end."
The U.S. Men opened an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set. China was hurt by two service errors and a net violation. The U.S. scoring included a kill form Anderson and a back-row attack by Priddy. The U.S. still led by three at 12-9 when Lee used two straight blocks to put the U.S. up by five. However a U.S. service error, hitting error and China block pulled the Asian team back to within two and the U.S. called timeout. The U.S. responded with an Anderson attack and block from Hansen to lead 16-12 at the second TTO. The U.S. was still leading by four at 18-14 when Anderson got the serve on China’s error and ran the table, serving for seven straight points including two aces, a kill from Priddy and a block by Stanley. Anderson had six points in the set and the U.S. out-attacked China 11-7.
The teams opened the second set even and were tied 5-5, with the U.S. scoring on three kills from Stanley, one from Holt and a China error. China used three straight kills to take an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. Coming out of the break, China continued its run with two straight blocks to lead 10-5 and Knipe called timeout. A U.S. hitting error made China’s lead 11-5 before Lee ended the run with a quick kill in the middle. With China leading 12-6, the U.S. scored on China’s service error and a block by Holt. China scored with an attack but the U.S. came back with two more points to pull within three at 13-10. But China held the advantage and led 16-12 at the second TTO. China led by five at 18-13 when the U.S. scored on an Anderson kill and Hansen block to pull to within three. China scored with a tip. But Team USA scored three straight points on two Priddy kills and China’s hitting error to pull to within on at 20-19. A U.S. service error increased China’s lead to two. China still led by two at 22-20 when it served out of bounds. Stanley tied the score at 22-22 on an ace. A U.S. service error gave China the lead, but Priddy tied it with a kill. The U.S. Men reached set point on China’s error and won the set when China sent Priddy’s serve to the net and Lee killed it. Stanley scored five points in the set.
China took a 6-2 lead in the third set as the U.S. scored on a Priddy kill and China error while China scored on two kills, two blocks, an ace and an error. Knipe called timeout and Stanley came back with a kill. Priddy followed with an ace to cut China’s lead to 6-4. Later, Anderson and Stanley had straight kills to pull the U.S. to within one at 7-6, but a U.S. service error gave China the 8-6 advantage at the first TTO. The U.S. kept the score close, but could not get ahead of China. With China leading 15-13, Anderson scored on an attack and an ace to tie the score. China called timeout and responded with a block to lead 16-15 at the second TTO. Stanley tied it with a strike and the teams battled back and forth. China was leading 20-19 when Anderson scored with a kill and China had a hitting error to give the U.S. its first lead of the set. Stanley and Priddy followed with two straight blocks and a Millar kill gave the U.S. match point at 24-20. China scored with a block before Anderson ended it with a strike. Stanley had eight points in the set.
FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 2011
U.S. Men's Roster for Nov. 20
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, 6-8, 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)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
13C Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
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
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 (All times local except for U.S. matches in bold)
Nagoya (Site A)
|1||SRB-ARG||20-Nov||11:00||Nagoya||ARG def SRB, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18|
Kagoshima (Site B)
|4||CHN-USA||20-Nov||11:00||Kagoshima||USA def. CHN 25-14, 25-23, 25-21|
Osaka (Site A)
|19||ARG-CUB||24-Nov||11:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|20||POL-IRI||24-Nov||15:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|21||SRB-JPN||24-Nov||18:20||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|25||IRI-ARG||25-Nov||11:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|26||CUB-SRB||25-Nov||15:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|27||JPN-POL||25-Nov||18:20||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
Kumamoto (Site B)
|22||EGY-USA||24-Nov||11:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|23||BRA-RUS||24-Nov||15:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|24||ITA-CHN||24-Nov||18:20||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|28||RUS-EGY||25-Nov||11:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|29||CHN-BRA||25-Nov||15:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|30||USA-ITA||25-Nov||18:20||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
Fukuoka (Site A)
|31||IRI-USA||27-Nov||11:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|32||POL-CHN||27-Nov||15:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|33||JPN-EGY||27-Nov||18:20||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|37||IRI-EGY||28-Nov||11:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|38||POL-USA||28-Nov||15:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|39||JPN-CHN||28-Nov||18:20||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|43||POL-EGY||29-Nov||11:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|44||IRI-CHN||29-Nov||15:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|45||JPN-USA||29-Nov||18:20||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
Hamamatsu (Site B)
Tokyo (Site A)
|49||IRI-BRA||02-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|50||POL-ITA||02-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|51||JPN-RUS||02-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|55||IRI-RUS||03-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|56||POL-BRA||03-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|57||JPN-ITA||03-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|61||POL-RUS||04-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|62||IRI-ITA||04-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|63||JPN-BRA||04-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
Tokyo (Site B)
|52||SRB-EGY||02-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|53||CUB-CHN||02-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|54||ARG-USA||02-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|58||SRB-CHN||03-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|59||ARG-EGY||03-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|60||CUB-USA||03-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|64||CUB-EGY||04-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|65||ARG-CHN||04-Dec||14:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|66||SRB-USA||04-Dec||17:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|