Modena, Italy, October 8, 2010 – USA will play Russia for the fifth position at the FIVB Men's World Championship following their straight-set victory (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) over Germany on Friday night.
The Americans literally blocked the way for their opponents with an impressive 15-6 advantage in points won at the net. The winners also dominated 4-0 in serves.
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Clayton Stanley and Paul Lotman scored 14 and 12 points respectively for USA, with each compiling three blocks. David Lee and Sean Rooney contributed nine and eight tallies to the win. Jochen Schops had a match-high 18 points, all in attacks, for Germany and Robert Kromm added 15 for Raul Lozano’s defeated side who will meet Bulgaria for seventh place.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 4,000 spectators in Modena, USA coach Alan Knipe sent out a lineup of setter Jonathan Winder, opposite Stanley, outside hitters Rooney and Lotman, middle blockers Lee and Russell Holmes and libero Richard Lambourne. The Germans' formation comprised setter Simon Tischer, opposite Schops, spikers Bjorn Andrae and Kromm, middle blockers Christian Dunnes and Max Gunthor and libero Ferdinand Tille.
There was a balanced opening to the first set (8-8) and parity continued in what was a seesaw battle – the teams were tied at 16-all and then at 20-20, at which point Knipe brought on his captain, Reid Priddy, from the bench. An attack and block by Stanley and Lee gave USA a 23-21 lead, then Priddy scored with a pipe to end the set at 25-22 for USA.
Two consecutive aces by Stanley put USA on the path to the victory in the second set. The Americans were in front 8-4 at the First Technical Timeout (FTT) and Lee's ace increased the gap to 14-9 as Germany suffered with both their receiving and a lack of consistency in attack. By contrast, the Americans were playing good Volleyball, with setter Winder able to involve all of his attackers. Germany tried to reduce the gap through Kromm and Schops, but once again Stanley was decisive and closed up the set from the second line (25-20).
Germany appeared better focused in the third set, as they made fewer errors and went out in front at 11-7. At the Second Technical Timeout (STT), they led 16-12, but USA picked up the pace and tied the score at 16-16, prompting Lozano to replace Kromm with Sebastian Schwarz in search of better balance in his side's receiving. Lotman performed a crucial block against Schops for a 19-17 break and although the latter then levelled at 22-22 with a second-line attack, another block by Holmes against Andrae offered USA the match ball (24-23). Almost inevitably it was Stanley – USA's top scorer in the match – who closed the set (25-23) and the match (3-0) for the Americans.