Brazil Hands U.S. Men First World Cup Loss
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 21, 2011) – A strong third set wasn't enough as the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team suffered its first loss of the 2011 World Cup, falling to Brazil 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16 on Monday in Kagoshima, Japan.
The four-set loss evened the United States’ record at 1-1 while Brazil, ranked No. 1 in the world, is 2-0. The U.S. Men, ranked fourth in the world, will finish the first round against No. 2 Russia on Tuesday (1:20 a.m. Tuesday, PT).
The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Dec. 4 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Men’s tournament event page at http://usavolleyball.org/events/5557.
The U.S. Men struggled to defend against Brazil’s hitters on Monday. Brazil out-attacked the U.S., 48-32, and out-blocked it 16-10. Brazil also had the edge in aces 5-4.
Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led the U.S. Men with 19 points on a match-high 17 kills, one block and one ace. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added seven points on three attacks and four blocks. Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored seven points on three spikes, one block and a match-high three aces.
The score was tied 12-12 in the first set when Brazil used a 3-0 run to take the first significant lead. The U.S. pulled back to within one at 15-14, but Brazil scored two more straight points and the U.S. did not answer. Brazil led 13-10 in kills, 3-0 in blocks and 1-0 in aces. The score was tied 10-10 in the second set when Brazil used a four-point run to take the lead that it would not give up. Brazil out-attacked the U.S. 17-8 in the set.
The U.S. found its blocking and serving in the third set and Anderson and Stanley provided the majority of the offense. With the score tied 4-4, a Brazil error followed by an Anderson kill and Stanley ace gave the U.S. a 7-4 lead. Brazil never got closer than two points. Anderson scored eight points for the U.S., which out-attacked Brazil 10-8 and out-blocked it 6-3. However the comeback came up short. With the U.S. leading 5-4 in the fourth set, Brazil scored on a U.S. serving error and two straight aces to lead 7-5. The U.S. could not put together a run to challenge and Brazil took the match victory.
"Brazil served well, and caused problems in the first two sets," U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. "We got something going in third and in the beginning of the fourth set, but ultimately we needed to pass the ball better.
"As aggressive as Brazil was tonight, we need to be able to manage those situations where we don’t have good passing. It’s not the match we wanted to play."
Among other U.S. hitters, outside hitter Reid Priddy had six points on five kills and one block. Ryan Millar (Alpine, Calif.) added five points on two attacks and three stuffs. Setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) and middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Calif.) each scored one point with an attack.
U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the U.S. in digs with eight and was also credited with three excellent receptions. Priddy led in receptions with 11.
Thornton, who substituted for starting setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the second set, was credited with eight assists, as was Hansen. The U.S. kill percent was 36.0 and the hitting efficiency was 0.124. Brazil’s kill percent was 50.0 and its hitting efficiency was 0.323.
"I thought we came out throughout the whole match a little nervous, with too much energy, and maybe we lost focus," said Stanley, the U.S. team captain. "They kept us pressure from the service line, and throughout the match I found myself struggling offensively also. We had a nice rhythm in the third getting them in trouble from the service line."
World No. 1 Brazil, which qualified for the World Cup as the South American zone winner, is the team that the U.S has faced most in 2011. The U.S. Men went 2-2 against the South Americans during the World League Intercontinental Round, and then lost to them in the Final Round. Team USA also lost to Brazil at the Pan American Cup and London International Invitational using different combinations of players. It now has a 2-6 record against the South Americans this season and 62-75 since 1981.
"it’s always tough when we play matches against the U.S.," Brazil Head Coach Bernardo Rezende said. "This year we played five times (in World League); this is number six. We learned a lot playing against them. In our service, we wanted to be more aggressive like them, always consistent — they always put pressure on us."
Brazil was led by Leandro Vissotto who had 18 points on 14 attacks, two blocks and two aces. Brazil had four players score in double figures.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Priddy and Anderson at outside hitter, Holt and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Hansen at setter and Lambourne at libero.
Millar substituted for Holt in the first set and started the rest of the match. Thornton took over for Hansen in the second set and started the rest of the match. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) played as a serving substitute.
It seemed like both squads started a bit nervous as Brazil took an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set. Each squad had two serving errors leading into the TTO. The U.S. got point off a Priddy kill and block and attacks by Anderson and Lee. With the score tied at 12-12, Brazil got three straight points on two kills and a U.S. violation to lead 15-13. Brazil continued to lead 16-14 at the second TTO and a Giba kill after the break caused Knipe to call timeout. Anderson responded with an attack and the teams traded points until Brazil’s lead was 19-16 and it got two straight kills, causing Knipe to call a second timeout. Lee scored on an attack to make it 21-17. But Brazil blocked Priddy’s next attack and scored the next three points, including two more blocks and a tip of a U.S. overpass, to win the set 25-17. Brazil out-blocked the U.S. 3-0 and had one ace while the U.S. had none.
Brazil took a 6-4 lead in the second set as the U.S. scored on kills from Priddy and Anderson along with two Brazil errors. The U.S. tied the score at 6-6 on Brazil’s error and Anderson’s back-row attack, but Brazil held an 8-7 lead at the first TTO. Brazil’s next serve went out and Priddy got the United States’ first block of the match to give the U.S. a 9-8 lead. But with the U.S. leading 10-9, a U.S. service error opened the door for Brazil to score the next four points, including an ace, behind the serving of Vissotto to lead 14-10. Brazil continued to lead at the second TTO, 16-13. The teams traded attacks coming out of the break and Knipe replaced Hansen with Thornton. However Brazil kept up the pressure at the net and increased the lead to five at 20-15. Knipe called timeout, but the U.S. could not put together a run or stop the Brazil attack and the South American’s went on to take the set. Anderson had five points for the U.S. while Vissotto led Brazil with seven and Giba added six. Brazil out-attacked the U.S. 17-8.
The U.S. Men opened the third set with a block by Millar and it took a 4-2 lead on a block from Stanley and Anderson kill. Brazil tied it at 4-4, but the U.S. came back with an Anderson attack and Stanley ace, causing Brazil to call its first timeout of the match. Brazil came back with a kill, but Lee gave the U.S. the 8-5 lead at the first TTO with an attack. With the U.S. leading 9-6, Brazil used a kill and ace to pull to within one, but the U.S. came back with two straight blocks to lead 11-8. With the U.S. leading 14-10, an Anderson attack and Stanley ace gave the U.S. the 16-11 lead at the second TTO. The U.S. run continued after the break with a Lee block and Anderson spike and Brazil called timeout. Brazil came back to score two straight points on a kill and U.S. error, but the U.S. could not be stopped and it cruised to the third set victory. Anderson scored eight points for the U.S., which out-attacked Brazil 10-8 and out-blocked it 6-3.
The U.S. opened a 4-1 lead in the fourth set, including three blocks. Brazil tied it at 4-4. With the score tied 5-5, Sidnei dos Santos scored on two straight aces to put Brazil ahead and the South Americans led 8-6 at the first TTO. Anderson scored on a back-row attack coming out of the break, but Brazil remained in control and put together small runs of points, including two straight blocks to increase the lead to five at 14-9. Knipe called timeout and Anderson came back with a kill, but Brazil used a kill and block to lead 16-10 at the second TTO. A second straight Brazil block and Giba attack gave the South Americans an 18-10 lead and Knipe called timeout. Brazil’s next serve went out of bounds and Stanley scored on an ace, but the U.S. could not build a run of points. Brazil reached set point at 24-16 on a kill and won the match with a block. Brazil out-blocked the U.S. in the set 8-2 and out-attacked it 10-4.
FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 2011
U.S. Men's Roster for Nov. 21
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
13C Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Doctor: Scott Magness and William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Massage Therapist: Eli Evette
Scout Coach: Frank Ciarelli
Scout Coach: Andy Read
Team (Qualification Method, World Ranking as of Jan 15, 2011, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South America Champion, 1, 1)
Serbia (Europe Champion, 3, 5)
Cuba (NORCECA Champion, 4, 6)
Egypt (Africa Champion, 13, 12)
Iran (Asia Champion, 19, 14)
USA (NORCECA Runner Up, 5, 4)
Italy (Europe Runner Up, 6, 3)
Argentina (South America Runner Up, 8, 9)
China (Asia Runner Up, 11, 10)
Japan (Hosts, 14, 18)
Russia (Wild Card, 2, 2)
Poland (Wild Card, 10, 8)
Tournament Schedule (All times local except for U.S. matches in bold)
Nagoya (Site A)
|1||SRB-ARG||20-Nov||11:00||Nagoya||ARG def SRB, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18|
|2||POL-CUB||20-Nov||15:00||Nagoya||POL def CUB, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16|
|3||IRI-JPN||20-Nov||18:20||Nagoya||IRI def JPN, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15|
|7||CUB-IRI||21-Nov||11:00||Nagoya||CUB def IRI, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22|
Kagoshima (Site B)
|4||CHN-USA||20-Nov||11:00||Kagoshima||USA def. CHN 25-14, 25-23, 25-21|
|5||ITA-RUS||20-Nov||15:00||Kagoshima||RUS def ITA 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21|
|6||EGY-BRA||20-Nov||18:20||Kagoshima||BRA def EGY 25-19, 25-13, 25-19|
|10||EGY-ITA||21-Nov||11:00||Kagoshima||ITA def EGY 25-22, 25-15, 25-20|
|11||BRA-USA||21-Nov||15:00||Kagoshima||BRA def USA 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16|
Osaka (Site A)
|19||ARG-CUB||24-Nov||11:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|20||POL-IRI||24-Nov||15:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|21||SRB-JPN||24-Nov||18:20||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|25||IRI-ARG||25-Nov||11:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|26||CUB-SRB||25-Nov||15:00||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
|27||JPN-POL||25-Nov||18:20||Osaka||Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium|
Kumamoto (Site B)
|22||EGY-USA||24-Nov||11:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|23||BRA-RUS||24-Nov||15:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|24||ITA-CHN||24-Nov||18:20||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|28||RUS-EGY||25-Nov||11:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|29||CHN-BRA||25-Nov||15:00||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
|30||USA-ITA||25-Nov||18:20||Kumamoto||Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium|
Fukuoka (Site A)
|31||IRI-USA||27-Nov||11:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|32||POL-CHN||27-Nov||15:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|33||JPN-EGY||27-Nov||18:20||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|37||IRI-EGY||28-Nov||11:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|38||POL-USA||28-Nov||15:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|39||JPN-CHN||28-Nov||18:20||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|43||POL-EGY||29-Nov||11:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|44||IRI-CHN||29-Nov||15:00||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
|45||JPN-USA||29-Nov||18:20||Fukuoka||Marine Messe Fukuoka|
Hamamatsu (Site B)
Tokyo (Site A)
|49||IRI-BRA||02-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|50||POL-ITA||02-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|51||JPN-RUS||02-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|55||IRI-RUS||03-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|56||POL-BRA||03-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|57||JPN-ITA||03-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|61||POL-RUS||04-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|62||IRI-ITA||04-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|63||JPN-BRA||04-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Stadium|
Tokyo (Site B)
|52||SRB-EGY||02-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|53||CUB-CHN||02-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|54||ARG-USA||02-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|58||SRB-CHN||03-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|59||ARG-EGY||03-Dec||15:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|60||CUB-USA||03-Dec||18:20||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|64||CUB-EGY||04-Dec||11:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|65||ARG-CHN||04-Dec||14:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|66||SRB-USA||04-Dec||17:00||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|