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    U.S. Men's Update

    U.S. libero Rich Lambourne and his Russian team Lokomotiv Belogorie have been playing well in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of the FIVB. 

    (Feb. 25, 2009) – Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) was inducted into the Loyola Marymount University Athletics’ Hall of Fame on Feb. 6.

    He joins Paul Sunderland and Brian Quinn as the only men's volleyball players in the hall. He may also be the last men's volleyball player inducted as Loyola Marymount no longer has a men’s volleyball team.

    Priddy could not attend the induction ceremony as he was playing for his Russian Super League team Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. The team defeated Metalloinvest Stary Oskol, 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-20) on Feb. 14. Priddy had five points on three kills, one block and one ace.

    On Feb. 21, Lokomotiv Belogorie, which includes U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), defeated Novosibirsk, 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 26-24). Priddy had 13 points on 11 kills and two blocks.

    Russia

    Fakel Novy Urengoi, including U.S. setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), has won its last four matches in a row and now sits atop the standings in the Russian Super League with a 16-3 record.

    On Feb. 14, Fakel defeated Dynamo Moscow, 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19). Rooney had 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Hansen scored three points on two kills and one block and helped the team convert 55 percent of its hitting attempts into points.

    View a photo gallery at http://www.fakelvolley.ru/photo2_20082009/19_ph.htm.

    Fakel followed that with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 28-26) win on Feb. 21 over Iskra Odintsovo. Rooney scored nine points on seven kills and two blocks. Hansen did not score, but helped the team convert 47 percent of its hitting attempts into points.

    View a photo gallery at http://www.fakelvolley.ru/photo3_20082009/18_ph.htm.

    Read an interview with Kevin Hansen (via Google translation) by clicking here.

    There are only three Super League matches left before the playoffs. Fakel will meet U.S. setter Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu) in its next match on Feb. 28. Kazan is in fourth place in the league with a 12-7 record.

    On Feb. 14, Kazan fell to Lokomotiv Belogorie, including Lambourne, 0-3 (21-25, 22-25, 24-26). Stanley, one of the league’s scoring leaders, played only the first set and had one point on one kill. Ball had two points on one kill and one block.

    View a photo gallery at http://www.zenit-kazan.com/rus/media/photo/?year=2009&rzd=75.

    Kazan came back on Feb. 21 to defeat Ural Ufa, 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19). U.S. opposite Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) did not play in the match for Ufa. Stanley had 14 points on 11 kills and three blocks. Ball had six points on three kills, two blocks and one ace. He also helped the team convert 54 percent of its hitting attempts into points.

    In the CEV Indesit Champions League, Kazan has advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Slovenia’s ACH Volley – featuring U.S. blockers Phil Eatherton (Glencoe, Mo.) and Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.) – in two matches, 3-2 (30-28, 31-33, 19-25, 25-13, 15-10) and 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19).

    Kazan will play Italy’s Lube Banca Marche Macerata in quarterfinal matches on March 4 and 11.

    Lambourne and Lokomotiv Belogorie have reached the final four of the CEV Cup. They will play Spain’s Unicaja Almeria on March 21 to try to reach the final.

    Greece

    U.S. middle blocker Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) and his Greek league team Olympiacos remain in second place with a 14-3 record after splitting their last two matches.

    On Feb. 14, Olympiacos fell to Aris Marmouris AE, 1-3 (23-25, 26-24, 21-25, 26-28). Hoff was credited with 6.5 points on four kills, 1.5 blocks and one ace. On Feb. 21, the team came back to defeat AONS Milon, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20). Hoff again scored 6.5 points on four kills, 1.5 blocks and one ace.

    Hoff is sixth among all players in the Greek league in his ratio of aces to service errors, which is 0.67.

    Olympiacos was knocked out of the CEV Cup after two losses to rival Panathinaikos in the Challenge Round.

    The Greek league team PAOK has won two more matches with heavy scoring from U.S. opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.). The team has improved to 9-8 and is in seventh place in the league.

    On Feb. 14, PAOK defeated EA Patron Lux, 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 15-13). Patak led PAOK with 24 points on 19 kills, two blocks and three aces. His U.S. teammate Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) was credited with 15.33 points on 13 kills and 2.33 blocks. Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored 13.83 points on 11 kills, 1.83 blocks and one ace.

    On Feb. 21, PAOK defeated AO Kifisias, 3-1 (22-25, 25-14, 31-29, 27-25). Patak led all scorers with 26.83 points on 23 kills, 1.83 blocks and two aces. Lotman had 15.5 points on 14 kills and 1.5 blocks. Brunner had 9.83 points on six kills and 3.83 blocks.

    Brunner is third among all players in the Greek league in blocking points with 41. Matt Denmark (Edmond, Okla.), who plays for AO Finikas Sirou, is fifth with 38.3.

    Lotman is sixth among all players in perfect receptions with 65 percent of his overall receptions being classified “perfect.”

    Turkey

    The Turkish team Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, which features U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), defeated Tokat Plevnespor, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17) on Feb. 15. Touzinsky scored 10 points on 10 kills. U.S. middle blocker Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) did not play as he was in Utah visiting his family.

    Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye is in second place in the Turkish league with a record of 13-4.

    Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.) scored 15 points (13 kills, two blocks) on Feb. 15 as his Turkish team Fenerbahce defeated MEF Okullari, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 29-27).

    Fenerbahce is in sixth place in the Turkish league with a record of 10-7.

    Italy

    David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) returned to the court for his Italian Serie A team, Trenkwalder Modena on Feb. 22 and scored one point as the team fell to Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia, 0-3 (23-25, 19-25, 20-25). Lee had suffered a cut hand in practice.

    Jayson Jablonsky continues to play for his Italian Serie A2 team Wayel Balogna, which has lost its last two matches. On Feb. 22, he scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block as Balogna lost to Sp Catania, 0-3 (23-25, 22-25, 16-25).

    France

    U.S. setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) started the first three sets and scored two points as his French league team Tourcoing fell to Toulouse, 2-3 (25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 25-20, 11-15) on Feb. 14. Tourcoing is in fourth place in the league.

    Tourcoing has also reached the final four of the French Cup after defeating Poitiers and Alès.


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