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Feb 10 U.S. Men's Update: U.S. Players are Big Winners in PR

Feb. 10, 2010, 5:50 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. 10, 2010) – Plataneros de Corozal, featuring U.S. athletes Casey Patterson (Newbury Park, Calif.), Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.), came back from an 0-2 deficit to win four straight matches and the Puerto Rican league title.

Corozal beat the Guaynabo Mets, which included U.S. players Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.) and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.).

Patterson was named the most valuable player of the series, which saw all the U.S. players among the statistical leaders.

Vance was the leading point scorer of the final series with 96 points on 86 kills, five blocks and five aces in 25 sets played. Patterson was right behind him with 94 points on 81 kills, 11 blocks and two aces in 25 sets. Nielsen was fourth among all scorers with 85 points on 74 kills, 10 blocks and one ace in 25 sets. McKinney was fifth with 71 points on 59 kills, 11 blocks and one ace in 25 sets. Hoff was sixth with 60 points on 39 kills, 19 blocks and two aces.

Hoff was the best blocker of the final round (0.76 per set). McKinney was second among all the passers with 89 (3.56 per set).

To view a photo gallery of the final round, click here.

To view statistics from the final round, click here.

Russia

Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, the Russian Super League team of David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), has moved into second place in the league with a 25-12, 25-17, 25-19 victory on Feb. 6 over Tyumen Tyumen. Lee scored nine points on three kills, five blocks and one ace. Priddy had five points on five kills.

To view photos from the match, click here.

To read a Google translation of an interview with David Lee, click here. Lee was named the team’s player of the month for the second consecutive time in January. Speaking on The Net Live, Priddy joked that Lee has been buttering up Novosibirsk fans by learning Russian.

Zenit Kazan, featuring Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii), solidified its league lead with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 victory over Gazprom-Ugra Surgut on Feb. 6. Stanley scored 11 points for Kazan on 10 kills and one ace. At setter, Ball had three points on one kill and two aces.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Visiting Kazan lost its first match of the first playoff round of the CEV Indesit Champions Cup, 1-3 (21-25, 25-20, 20-25, 19-25) to Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus on Feb. 10. The two teams will play again in Russia on Feb. 17.

Live videos of the matches are available at www.laola1.tv/en/int/home/.

Fakel Novy Urengoi, the Russian club of Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), also got the sweep this week, defeating Lokomotiv-Izumrud on Feb. 6, 25-23, 34-32, 33-31. Rooney scored 13 points on 13 kills. At setter, Hansen had two points on one kill and one block. Fakel is in fourth place in the league.

To view photos from the match, click here.

Also, Fakel has posted some very nice photos from the Russian All Star match on Jan. 31. To view the photos, click here.

Korea

Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) is playing his second season of international club volleyball for the Hyundai Capital Skywalkers this year. His team was in third place in the league as of Feb. 5.

In a Jan. 20 e-mail, Anderson reported, “Things are going well so far. Had some bumps along the way but things are settling just fine now… It does help that this is my second season here, for obvious reasons.”

To watch Anderson playing in Korea, go to http://sportstv.afreeca.com/kovo/vod.php and look for matches with the Skywalkers logo, which has a little bear with volleyball. Click on the television near the logo.

On Jan. 25, Anderson had to leave the team due to a death in his family; but he is set to return this week.

France

Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) led Poitiers with 19 points as it swept Alès, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 on Feb. 6. Lotman scored on 15 kills, one block and three aces. Poitiers is in fourth place in the French league.

Poland

Delecta Bydgoszcz, the Polish league team of U.S. Men’s libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), fell to AZS UWM Olsztyn 2-3 (25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 11-15) on Jan. 29. Lambourne was credited with 75 percent positive receptions.

Brazil

On Feb. 4, Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and his Brazilian league team Vivo/Minas defeated Alvares/Vitoria, 26-24, 25-21, 25-12 on Jan. 30. Salmon scored 10 points on seven kills and three blocks. Vivo/Minas is in fifth place in the league.

Middle European Zone

Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck, the Austrian club team of Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.), defeated the hotVolleys, 27-25, 25-22, 25-23 on Feb. 5. Holmes scored nine points on six kills and three blocks.

Visiting Hypo Tyrol lost its first match of the first playoff round of the CEV Indesit Champions League to Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen, 1-3 (28-26, 16-25, 23-25, 14-25) on Feb. 10. Holmes led Innsbruck with 11 points on six kills and five blocks. The two teams will play again in Austria on Feb. 17.

Live videos of the matches are available at www.laola1.tv/en/int/home/.

Germany

RWE Volleys Bottrop, the German league team of Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.), has won its last two matches.

On Feb. 3, Bottrop defeated Moerser SC, 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19). Winder started all four sets at setter and scored two points on two kills.

To view photos from the match, click here.

On Feb. 6, Bottrop beat TV Bühl, 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20). Winder started all four sets at setter but did not score.

Italy

Marmi Lanza Verona, the Italian Serie A League team featuring Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio), defeated Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20, on Feb. 7. Holt started all four sets and scored 10 points on five kills, three blocks and two aces. Verona is in eighth place in the league.

Prisma Taranto, which includes Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) fell to Acqua Paradiso Monza on Feb. 7, 17-25, 25-27, 15-25. Suxho started the first two sets at setter and did not score. Taranto is in 11th place in the league.

 

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