Archive for July, 2012

U.S. swept by Poland in World League final

July 8th, 2012

Clay Stanley had 12 kills and three aces but it was not enough as the U.S. was swept by Poland 25-17, 26-24, 25-20 in Sunday’s final of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World League in Sofia,  Bulgaria.

The U.S. had opened the tournament with three consecutive losses and “I thought that our team would not be in this position,” Stanley, the U.S. captain, said of reaching the final. “I am disappointed for losing the final but we will see what we did wrong and learn from our mistakes.”

The U.S., ranked No. 6 in the world, opens defense of its Olympic gold medal later this month in London.

It was the first World League title for Poland, ranked No. 4 in the world.

U.S. men advance to World League final

July 7th, 2012

Clay Stanley had 13 kills and four aces to lead the U.S. men’s national volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 victory over Cuba in the FIVB World League semifinal Saturday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Americans will play Poland Sunday for their first World League title since 2008. Poland defeated Bulgaria in the other semifinal, 25-23, 25-20, 25-18.

U.S. men advance to World League semifinal

July 6th, 2012

Clay Stanley had six kills as the U.S. men’s volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the FIVB World League with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 sweep of host Bulgaria Friday in Sofia.
Stanley, the team captain, added an ace and a block in the 78-minute victory. The Americans will play Cuba Saturday while Bulgaria takes on Poland. Today’s winners play Sunday for the gold medal.
“Our outside hitters passed the ball really well, which helped us run our offense,”  said Stanley, the starter at opposite. “Our middles had an excellent match getting numerous kills off the net. Donny (Suxho) set them really well.
“I look forward to the semifinals.”
The U.S. last won the World League in 2008 before going on to win the Olympic gold medal later that year.

Stanley has 22 points as U.S. loses to Germany

July 5th, 2012

Hawaii’s Clay Stanley had a match-high 18 kills but it wasn’t enough as the U.S. dropped its FIVB World League final round opener to Germany,20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 16-14 Thursday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Clay, the starting opposite, added three blocks and an ace to lead all scorers. The Kaiser High product had three kills in Set 5, including the one that tied it at 14. But Germany used a service error by the Americans and a kill to close it out.

The U.S. takes on host Bulgaria today.

Stanley on third Olympic team

July 5th, 2012

Pretty much a formality, roster pending approval but

Clay Stanley makes his third team. They are currently in Bulgaria playing for the World League title. This is what we had on our breaking news earlier today.

Kaiser High graduate Clay Stanley was officially named to the United States Olympics men’s volleyball team today, giving Hawaii three volleyball players in London this summer. Stanley joins Lindsey Berg (Punahou) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kalani), who were named to the women’s team earlier.

Like Berg, Stanley is making his third Olympic appearance. The former University of Hawaii hitter led the U.S. to its first gold medal in 20 years at Beijing, where he earned MVP honors, leading the tournament in kills and aces. He also started in Athens in 2004.

The U.S. men are ranked sixth in the world. Stanley, who is the team’s captain, is one of five returning players from the 2008 team. Team USA is in Pool B with top-ranked Brazil, second-ranked Russia, seventh-ranked Serbia, 13th-ranked Germany and 18th-ranked Tunisia. It opens July 29 against Serbia. Semifinal matches are Aug. 10 and medal matches Aug. 12.

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