U.S. Men Lose Battle to Brazil

Sept. 25, 2009, 8:40 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team played two strong sets but fell to host Brazil, 23-25, 28-30, 17-25 in the third of five friendly matches between the two teams on Friday in Uberlandia.

The teams will play again on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PDT in Uberlandia.

Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) led the U.S. Men with 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) added 11 points on 11 kills.

Murilo Endres led Brazil with 17 points and Théo Fabrício Nery Lopes added 14.

Brazil completed 52 of 93 kill attempts (56 percent) with seven errors and four blocked shots. The U.S. Men completed 37 of 86 attack attempts (43 percent) with 11 errors and seven blocked shots.

The U.S. Men were 80 percent positive on receptions with 43 percent excellent. Brazil was 75 percent positive and had 31 percent excellent. Lotman led the United States in receptions with 88 percent positive and 42 percent excellent on 26 attempts. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was 71 percent positive and 35 percent excellent with two errors on 17 attempts.

Brazil out-blocked the U.S. Men 7-4 and had two aces while Team USA had none.

Among other U.S. scorers, Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) each had five points on five kills. Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) added five points on three kills and two blocks. Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tallied two points on kills. David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) scored one point on a block.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe started outside hitters Lotman, Touzinsky and Anderson, middle blockers Hein and Holmes, setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) and Lambourne at libero. Smith, Jablonsky, Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) all played as substitutes.

The battle began in the first set as Brazil took a 7-5 lead, which the U.S. quickly matched with two straight Touzinsky kills. The U.S. Men held a slim 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), which Brazil immediately matched. The two teams battled back and forth with Brazil leading 16-15 at the second TTO. Brazil reached set point first at 24-22 on a kill by Thiago Enrique Barth. Touzinsky’s fifth kill of the set brought the U.S. Men to within one, but another Thiago Barth kill gave Brazil the victory.

Team USA took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO of the second set as it got two kills from Lotman, two from Touzinsky and one each from Hein and Holmes. Brazil scored three straight points to go ahead 9-8. The two teams battled back and forth with neither gaining a significant edge. Team USA held a 16-15 lead at the second TTO and reached set point first at 24-23 on a Lotman kill. Brazil came back to score two straight points on a kill and a U.S. error. Knipe called timeout and Brazil came back with a service error to tie the score at 25s. Brazil reached it second set point at 26-25, but a Holmes kill tied the score again. Brazil took set point two more times, with the United States tying the score each time thanks to Brazil errors. Finally, a Giba kill put Brazil up 29-28 and a U.S. hitting error sealed the win for the South Americans.

Team USA fell behind quickly in the third set, 0-7 before Lotman scored its first point with a kill. However it was 8-2 at the first TTO. Brazil eventually increased its lead to 14-5 and 16-7 at the second TTO. Touzinsky had two more kills in the match and Hein and Smith each had a block. But Brazil reached match point at 24-16. The U.S. Men scored on a Brazilian error before Brazil won the match with an attack.

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: Brazil def. USA, 25-19, 31-29, 25-15
Sept. 25: Brazil def. USA, 25-23, 30-28, 25-17
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