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Team USA rewards big crowd with victory

Matt Anderson of the United States goes for the pancake dig as, from left, Rich Lambourne, Sean Rooney and David Lee watch

San Jose, California (June 26, 2009) – In their first match in the United States since the 2008 Olympic Games, the U.S. National Team defeated a feisty team from China 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) before a crowd of 4,315 on Friday in an FIVB World League match at the San Jose State University Event Center Arena.


With the victory, the U.S. improves to 4-1 in Group A. China falls to 1-4.


The United States’ Matt Anderson led all scorers with 11 points. Ping Chen had 10 points for China.


The first set opened with a long rally with China winning the point. But the U.S. hitters soon took over. The United States led 8-4 at the first technical timeout (TTO). China pulled to within two points at 9-7, but Lee ended the threat with a kill and kept Team USA ahead. The U.S. held a 16-11 lead at the second TTO and China, struggling with errors, never threatened again as the U.S. took the set 25-20.


China regrouped and took the early lead in the second set behind strong net play by Hongmin Bian who had a kill and a block. A block by Chunlong Liang followed by a United States service error gave China the 8-6 edge at the first TTO. With China ahead 9-7, a kill by Hein put Suxho at the serve.  Suxho served for the next five points to put the United States ahead 13-9. Team USA still held the lead at the second technical timeout, 16-12. That’s when Stanley got the serve and scored two aces in a row. China called a timeout, but it did not cool off the United States, which responded with a Rooney kill and a third ace by Stanley. When Stanley lost the serve on a kill by Weijun Zhong, the U.S. led 21-13. China did not give up, but the United States went on to win the set 25-19.


The United States held an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the third set and 16-11 at the second. Although China never gave up, it could not stop the United States. A left-side kill by Rooney ended the match.



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