Brazil Defeats U.S. Men in Opening Match

Sept. 22, 2009, 8:40 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2009) – Brazil won the first of five friendly matches with the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21) on Tuesday in Montes Claros, Brazil.

The teams will play again on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT in Montes Claros.

Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) led the U.S. Men with 12 points on 12 kills. Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) added 11 points on eight kills, two blocks and one ace. His hitting percentage was 0.67. Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) scored eight points on eight kills.

Brazil completed 47 of 90 kill attempts (52 percent) with seven errors and two blocked shots.  The U.S. Men completed 52 of 116 attempts (45 percent) with nine errors and also 10 blocked shots.

Brazil out-blocked the United States 9-3 and had three aces while the U.S. Men had one.

Among other scorers, Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) scored seven points on seven kills. Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) added six points on six kills. Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) scored three points on three kills. Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) added two points on two kills.

Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) scored one point on a kill and Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) added one point on a block.

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) had seven digs and 47 percent of his receptions were positive. Lotman also had 47 percent positive receptions and Salmon finished at 50 percent.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Salmon at outside hitter, Holmes and Hein at middle blocker, Tarr at opposite, Winder at setter and Lambourne at libero.

The U.S. Men held a slim 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set as Salmon scored on two kills and Holmes added a kill and a block. The teams battled back and forth until the score was tied at 14-14. Brazil scored on two straight kills by Murilo Endres and João Paulo de F. Tavares to take a 16-14 lead at the second timeout. However Team USA came out of the break and tied the score again on kills from Anderson and Salmon. A block by Eder Francis Carbonera put Brazil ahead by one; but the U.S. Men scored three straight points on kills from Tarr and Salmon and a Brazilian error to lead 20-18. The United States maintained the lead and reached set point at 24-22 on Holmes’ block of Murilo. A kill by Thiago Barth pulled Brazil to within one, but Holmes ended the set with a final kill.

The second set was also a battle early on as Brazil held an 8-7 advantage at the first TTO. Hein and Salmon each had two kills for the United States while Tarr had one. Coming out of the timeout, Brazil scored another point on a U.S. error to lead by two. Later, with Brazil leading 12-11, the South Americans scored two straight points on a kill by Marlon Muraguti Yared and ace by Thiago Alves gave Brazil the three-point edge. Brazil held a two-point lead at 18-16 when a kill by Joao Paulo set off a four-point run that left the United States behind 16-22. Brazil reached set point first at 24-17. Team USA scored once on a Tarr kill before a U.S. service error ended the set for Brazil.

Brazil again held an 8-7 lead at the first TTO of the third set and then came out of the break to score two more points and take a 10-7 lead. Brazil’s lead was still three at 13-11 when it scored three straight points to go into the second TTO ahead 16-11. The United States scored twice on kills from Lotman and Anderson, but two kills by Joao Paulo kept Brazil’ lead at five. Team USA pulled to within two points at 17-19, but Brazil scored twice to lead 21-17. Brazil reached set point at 24-20 and Thiago won the set for Brazil with an ace.

Brazil jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth set, including three kills by Joao Paulo, and led 8-4 at the first TTO. Team USA scored on two Brazil errors and kills by Tarr and Jablonsky. Kills by Lotman and Tarr and a block by Thornton, who started the set in place of Winder, helped keep Team USA in the game at 7-9. But Brazil kept up the pressure and led 16-11 at the second TTO. With Brazil leading 20-15, Knipe called timeout and Team USA responded with an Anderson kill. But it was followed by a U.S. service error and despite two more kills from Lotman, Brazil went on to win the set and the match.

View a photo gallery from the match on the web site of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation.

U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team
Tour of Brazil

U.S. Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
4 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
8 Andy Hein (MB, 611, Carol Stream, Ill., Pepperdine)
9 Jonathan Winder (S, 6-8, Irvine, Calif., Pepperdine)
10 Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
11 Robert Tarr (Opp, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
12 C Tom Hoff (MB, 6-8, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
15 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
16 Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
19 Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai'i)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Competition Schedule and Results
Sept. 22: Brazil def. USA, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21
Sept. 23 in Montes Claros, 7 p.m. local, 3 p.m. PT
Sept. 25 in Uberlandia, 7 p.m. local, 3 p.m. PT
Sept. 26 in Uberlandia, 5:30 p.m. local, 1:30 p.m. PT
Sept. 27 in Uberlandia, 10 a.m. local, 6 a.m. PT