Resurgent Chinese Defeat U.S. Men in World League
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 4, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team could not hold off a resurgent Chinese team that defeated Team USA 3-2 (25-19, 27-29, 18-25, 26-24, 15-12) on Saturday in an FIVB World League match in Nanjing, China.
With the loss, the U.S. Men fall to 5-2, but maintain their lead in Pool A. China improves to 2-5. The two teams will play again on Sunday at 4:15 a.m. PT. Live scoring is available on the FIVB web site.
Team USA held match point at 24-23 in the fourth set, but allowed China to come back. China out-hit the United States 68-61 at out-blocked it 16-15. Each team had one ace.
China was playing its first 2009 World League match at home after going 1-5 on the road.
“Congratulations to the Chinese team. They really played well today, especially in serving and receiving,” U.S. Team Captain David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) said. “On our side, our block was a lot worse than previous matches.”
Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) led all scorers on Saturday with 21 points on 18 kills and three blocks. Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) added 19 points on 17 kills and two blocks. Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) scored 15 points on 12 kills and three blocks. Andrew Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) totaled 11 points on six kills and five blocks.
Ping Chen and Jianjun Cui each scored 17 points for China.
“Their serving was excellent today,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “The serving in the first set almost set the tone for the whole match. As for us, the blocking was far below our usual. Our performance today didn’t deserve the win.”
Among other U.S. scorers, Lee scored eight points on six kills, one block and the United States’ lone ace. Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) added two points on one kill and one block and Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored one point on one kill.
Lambourne was credited with seven “excellent” service receptions on 26 attempts. Rooney was 10 for 35 and Touzinsky was eight for 21.
Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Rooney and Jablonsky at outside hitter, Hein and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Suxho at setter and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero.
Touzinsky replace Jablonsky in the first set and started the rest of the match. Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) both played as substitutes.
The first set made it clear that Saturday would be different from the previous weekend, when the U.S. Men swept two matches from China in San Jose, Calif. The U.S. Men led 8-7 at the first technical timeout (TTO), but China went on a 6-1 run, including two kills each from Chen and Hongmin Bian to take a 13-9 lead. Team USA never recovered.
The United States led 8-6 at the first TTO of the second set. China tied the score at 8-8, but the U.S. Men used a 3-1 run, including two kills by Rooney and one from Stanley, to lead 11-9. Team USA held the lead until China tied the score at 18-18. The two teams battled, with the United States taking a lead and China catching up. The U.S. reached set point first at 24-23 on a kill by Rooney. Team USA held set point two more times, but China matched them both times. With the score 27-27, Team USA used China’s error and Lee’s block to finally win the set.
Team USA led 8-7 at the first TTO of the third set and increased it to 12-9. China called timeout and then used a kill to make it 12-10. But the United States scored the next three points on a Chinese service error and kills by Stanley and Touzinsky to increase the lead to 15-10. China went on a 4-1 run to pull to within two points, but Knipe called a timeout and China had a service error to increase the lead again. China couldn’t come back and the U.S. Men seemed to have the momentum heading into the fourth set.
The U.S. Men held an 8-7 lead at the first TTO of the fourth set. They kept the lead at 9-8, but two straight U.S. errors gave China its first lead of the set at 10-9. The two teams battled back and forth for the rest of the set. China managed a 17-14 lead, but the U.S. Men came back to tie it at 19-19. Team USA reached match point at 24-23. China called a timeout and then Weijun Zhong tied the score with a quick kill. China scored the final two points on blocks.
Now the momentum was with China and it took a 4-1 lead to open the fifth set. The U.S. Men pulled to within one at 7-8, but they never caught up and China won the match.
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2009 U.S. World League Roster for July 4-5
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)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
8 Andrew Hein (MB, 6-11, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
13 Clay Stanley (Opp, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Hawai’i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe
Team Manager: Albert Gasparian
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Team Doctor: Russell Petrie
Medical Support: Aaron Brock
Pool A Standings (as of July 4)
1 USA 5-2 (15 points)
2 ITA 4-3 (11 points)
3 NED 3-4 (11 points)
4 CHN 2-5 (5 points)
2009 FIVB World League Schedule and Results
Date: June 13-14
June 13: Netherlands def. USA, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24)
June 14: USA def. Netherlands, 3-2 (25-16, 30-32, 25-17, 20-25, 15-6)
Date: June 19 and 21
Location: Florence and Catania
June 19: USA def. Italy, 3-1 (25-21, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21)
June 20: USA def. Italy, 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20)
Date: June 26-27 (7 p.m. both days)
Location: San Jose State University Event Center Arena in San Jose, Calif.
June 26: USA def. China, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21)
June 27: USA def. China, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22)
Date: July 4-5
July 4: China def. USA, 3-2 (25-19, 27-29, 18-25, 26-24, 15-12)
Date: July 10-11 (7 p.m. both days)
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Date: July 17-18 (7 p.m. both days)
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.
Date: July 22-26
Event: Final Round (teams must qualify)
Location: Belgrade, Serbia