U.S. Men's Update: FIVB Club World Championship
10-13: David Lee (16) poses with Al Rayyan of Doha, Qatar
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FIVB CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Three U.S. men’s Olympians have been participating in the FIVB Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar, however only one has advanced to the semifinals.
U.S. middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) has been playing for Al-Rayyan Sport Club of Doha during the tournament while libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) has been playing for Al-Arabi of Doha. U.S. outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) has been competing for his Russian Super League team Zenit Kazan.
The eight teams competing in the championships were broken into two pools with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals.
Anderson and Kazan (2-1) defeated Egypt’s Zamalek (0-3), 25-13, 25-19, 25-14, in their final pool play match on Oct. 17 and finished second in Pool B. On Oct. 15, Anderson had his best match, leading Kazan with 22 points in a loss to PGE Skra Belchatow, 21-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, 15-10. Anderson scored on 18 kills, one block and three aces.
Anderson finished pool play ranked second in kills among all players in the tournament, having completed 35 out of 61 for a kill percent of 57.4. He is fourth in total points with 47 on 35 kills, six blocks and six aces.
Pool A completed play on Tuesday and Lee and Al-Rayyan will not advance after finishing third. Lee had his best match in a 25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22 loss to Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro. Lee led the team with 12 points on nine attacks and three blocks. Overall, he finished pool play tied for fifth among all blockers with six for an average of .5 per set.
Pool B teams completed play on Wednesday. Lambourne and Al-Arabi (1-2) will not advance after finishing third. On Oct. 14, Lambourne had his best match in a 25-22, 25-22, 29-31, 25-18 loss to Zenit Kazan. Lambourne finished with 12 digs and 23 excellent receptions.
Lambourne leads all diggers in the competition with 29 for an average of 2.64 per set.
To view a photo gallery from pool play, click here.
Anderson and Kazan will play the defending champion, Trentino Diatec Trento of Italy, at 5 a.m. PT on Thursday (Oct. 18) in the semifinals. PGE Skra Belchatow of Poland will face Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro in the other semifinal. Matches are being shown live at laola1.tv.
U.S. middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Copra Elior Piacenza are now 2-0 in the Italian Serie A league after defeating Altotevere San Giustino on Oct. 14, 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17. Holt started all four sets and scored nine points on six attacks, two blocks and one ace.
U.S. outside hitter Futi Tavana (Saipipi, Samoa) is also on the roster for Piacenza, but did not play.
U.S. opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) and Andreoli Latina defeated Marmi Lanza Verona, 25-21, 22-25, 28-26, 24-26, 15-11 on Oct. 14. Troy played as a substitute and scored one point with an ace.
U.S. outside hitter Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Castellana Grotti fell to Cucine Lube Banca Marche Macerata, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22 on Oct. 14. Menzel started all three sets and scored eight points on eight attacks. He was also credited with 17 receptions, 47 percent positive.
In Italy’s Serie B league, U.S. outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) and Sieco Service Ortona defeated Sieco Service Ortona, 28-26, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19 on Oct. 14.
Muagututia started all four sets and scored 17 points on 17 attacks. He was also credited with 26 receptions, which were 62 percent positive.
U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) and his Argentina league team Personal Bolivar won the Masters Cup on Oct. 13.
Suxho scored eight points as Bolivar defeated San Juan UPCN, 25-22, 33-35, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13 in the final.
To view a photo gallery, click here.
Play in the French league began Oct. 13 and U.S. middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and his team Tours, the defending league champions, opened with a 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-12 victory over Chaumont.
Smith started all four sets and scored five points on three kills and two blocks.
U.S. outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) led Cannes to a 25-14, 26-24, 24-26, 20-25, 15-8 victory over Beauvais Oise on Oct. 13.
Tarr finished with a team-leading 19 points on 17 kills and two blocks. He was also credited with 23 receptions, 43 percent positive.
U.S. middle blocker Matt Rawson (Los Angeles) also plays for Cannes and substituted in the fourth set and started the fifth, scoring four points on one attack, two blocks and one ace.
U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.)led Montpellier in its 25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 25-18 loss to Narbonne on Oct. 13.
Clark led all scorers with 17 points on 15 attacks, one block and one ace.
In France’s B league, AS Orange Nassau, including U.S. libero Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) and outside hitters Damien Scott (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) won its opening match over Cambrai Volley Elan du Cambresis, 25-23, 25-19, 29-27 on Oct. 14.
Vance, who is the team captain, started all three sets and scored eight points on eight attacks. Scott started all three sets and added four points on four kills. Scott was also credited with 25 receptions, 84 percent positive. Watten was credited with 19 receptions, 100 percent positive.
The Turkish league began play on Oct. 13 as U.S. outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) made his debut with Halkbank.
Priddy played as a substitute and did not score as Halkbank fell to Maliye Milli Piyango, 27-25, 13-25, 33-31, 25-27, 15-13.
U.S. opposite Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led İstanbul BBSK to a 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 victory over Ziraat Bankasi on Oct. 14. Billings finished with 21 points on 15 kills, four blocks and two aces.
U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) is back with Arkas Spor this season. On Oct. 14, the team beat Gumushane Torul Genclik, 25-20, 25-14, 29-27. Hansen played as a substitute but did not score.
U.S. middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Jastrzębski Węgiel fell to AZS Politechnika Warszawska on Oct. 14, 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23.
Holmes started all four sets and scored nine points on eight attacks and one ace.
The Finnish team Raision Loimu, which includes three U.S. players, fell to Vammalan Lentopallo on Oct. 10, 27-25, 21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9.
U.S. opposite Dean Bittner (Lakewood, Calif.) started all five sets and led all players with 24 points on 21 attacks, two blocks and one ace. U.S. outside hitter Jordan Dufault (Lakewood, Calif.) started all five sets and scored 10 points on seven kills and three blocks. U.S. middle blocker Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.) started all five sets and scored 10 points on six attacks, two blocks and two aces.