PRESS RELEASE 25.04.2004


USA recover to down Japan in thriller

Ootsu, Japan, April 25, 2004 - Clay Stanley scored 22 points and was one of four players to reach double figures as the USA men's national Volleyball team rebounded from two-sets down to beat Japan, 3-2, on Sunday. Stanley had 18 kills, three blocks and one service ace in the 20-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 16-14 victory in the second of a four-match series between the two teams.

Reid Priddy scored 17 points, Kevin Barnett tallied 16 points and Tom Hoff posted 14 points as the United States improved its season record to 7-1.

Priddy had 14 kills, two blocks and one ace, while Barnett added 13 kills, two blocks and one ace and Hoff blasted nine kills with a match-high five blocks in the win.

Donald Suxho had seven points, Scott Bunker chipped in with six and Curt Toppel recorded two to cap the scoring.

Kenji Onoue scored a team-high 20 points on 20 kills to lead Japan.

The series continues on Tuesday when the two teams face off in the city of Fukui. The final match will be in Osaka on Thursday, April 29.