San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 4, 2011 – USA overcame
Puerto Rico in their first match of the second weekend of the 2011 FIVB
Volleyball World League on Friday as the tandem of veterans Clayton Stanley and
Reid Priddy combined to score 39 points, but the U.S. also needed a strong contribution
from newcomers Brian Thornton and Paul Lotman to stabilize the ship en route to
a 3-1 victory.
Setter Thornton and wing spiker Lotman replaced
Donald Suxho and Matt Anderson, respectively, in sets three and four when the
Americans dominated the home side after two tight opening sets.
The Puerto Ricans won their first ever set in the
FIVB World League and were one point away from taking the second and securing
their first point in Pool A but couldn’t close the set out at 24-23 and ended
up losing 29-27.
A frustrated Hector "Picky" Soto, Puerto
Rico’s captain, expressed his disappointment and blamed a lack of concentration
for losing the second set, in which they saw leads of 8-4 and 12-8 evaporate.
USA coach Alan Knipe and captain Reid Priddy both
gave credit to the contribution of Thornton and Lotman, with Knipe paying
special compliments to his young setter, who had a baptism of fire in his first
significant participation in the World League.