Long Beach, USA, June 3, 2014 – Team USA will play its second FIVB Volleyball World League weekend matches against defending champions Russia in front of a home crowd, but will be without three-time Olympian William Priddy." /> Team USA aims to move ahead without Priddy | FIVB - Press release
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Team USA aims to move ahead without Priddy

 
Matt Anderson is expected to play a key role in the USA matches against Russia
 

Long Beach, USA, June 3, 2014 – Team USA will play its second FIVB Volleyball World League weekend matches against defending champions Russia in front of a home crowd, but will be without three-time Olympian William Priddy.

Priddy injured his knee on May 24 during their second match against Bulgaria in Varna. Priddy will need to have surgery and is not expected to return to the team this season.

“There’s not much time to have a pity party for us,” USA assistant coach Matt Fuerbringer said. “Reid was playing unbelievably (well). We watched the tape of those two matches and Reid was making so many plays.

“It was a big hit. But we have a lot of good young kids in the gym. We have experienced guys like Sean Rooney and Paul Lotman who are ready to fill in that role.”

Despite the injury, the USA left Bulgaria with a 2-0 record and are hoping to improve on that against Russia from June 6 to 7 at the Pyramid in Long Beach, California, a short distance from the team’s training site in Anaheim. Meanwhile, Russia enters the weekend at 0-2 after losing twice to Serbia on May 30 to 31.

The USA team, ranked No. 4 in the world, last time played No. 2 Russia was in November 24 in the final match of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup as the USA fell in straight sets to the Russian squad. The last time USA defeated Russia was during pool play of the 2010 World League when they took a 3-0 win in Wichita, Kansas.

Perhaps the most important victory Team USA has taken over the European side was in the quarterfinals of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games when USA pulled out a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 15-13) victory.

Matt Anderson, playing at opposite, led USA in scoring in Bulgaria with 44 points on 38 kills, four blocks and two aces. Anderson will also be important to the USA effort because he played for Russian club team Zenit Kazan over the past two winters.

USA's young outside hitter Taylor Sander was second with 32 points on 25 kills, four blocks and three aces.

Outside hitter Denis Biryukov led Russia against Serbia with 36 points on 31 kills, two blocks and three aces. Middle blocker Artem Volvich added 25 points on 11 kills, 10 blocks and four aces.





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