Host Brazil Sweeps U.S. Men's Team

Sept. 23, 2009, 8:43 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2009) – Brazil swept the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team in the second of their five friendly matches, 25-19, 31-29, 25-15, on Wednesday in Montes Claros, Brazil.

The teams will play again on Friday at 3 p.m. PT in Uberlandia.

Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) led the United States in scoring with 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks. Robert Tarr (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) added six points on six kills. Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored six points on four kills and two blocks.

Leandro Araújo da Silva paced Brazil with 14 points on 13 kills and one ace.

The U.S. Men completed 31 of 80 kill attempts (39 percent) with 11 errors and eight blocked. Brazil completed 43 of 80 attempts (54 percent) with six errors and five blocks. Brazil out-blocked Team USA 8-5 and had two aces while the United States had none.

The U.S. Men had 47 percent excellent receptions while Brazil had 35 percent. Lotman and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) each had 79 percent positive receptions.

Among other U.S. scorers, Salmon and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) each scored five points. Salmon had five kills and Hoff had four kills and one block. Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored one point on one kill.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Lotman at outside hitter, Holmes and Hoff at middle blocker, Tarr at opposite, Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) at setter and Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) at libero.

Salmon substituted for Anderson in the second set and started the third.

David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) played as substitutes.

The U.S. Men’s Team took an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, as Tarr scored on two kills and Lotman on one while Brazil struggled with errors. Team USA maintained a three-point lead at 10-7 when Brazil scored four-straight points, including three kills, to take an 11-10 lead. Knipe called timeout and Tarr scored on a kill to even the score at 11s.  With the score tied 12-12, Brazil scored twice on a kill from Giba and ace by Leandro. Lotman scored on a block before Brazil used a 5-1 run to take a 19-14 lead. Knipe called another timeout and Hoff came out of the break to score on a kill. But it would be the last point the U.S. scored from its side as its final four points came on Brazil errors. Brazil reached set point first at 24-18. Team USA scored on a Brazilian service error before Brazil won the set on a kill.

Brazil held an 8-6 advantage at the first TTO of the second set, with the United States scoring on kills from Lotman and Anderson and a block by Holmes. Later, with Brazil leading 13-10, Team USA tied the score on Holmes’ and two Brazil errors. The teams battled back and forth with Brazil reaching the second TTO with the lead at 16-15. Brazil held a two-point lead at 20-18, but the U.S. Men tied the score on kills from Tarr and Holmes. The United States reached set point first at 24-23 on Brazil’s service error, but Brazil tied the score with a kill. Team USA took set point three more times but could not convert. Brazil scored two straight points on kills to reach its first set point at 28-27. A Lotman kill tied the score, but Brazil took set point again at 29-28. This time a Homes kill held off the South Americans. Finally, Leandro scored on two straight kills to give Brazil the 31-29 set victory.

Brazil jumped out to an 8-5 lead at the first TTO of the third set as the United States got two points each on kills from Salmon and Lotman. The U.S. Men kept Brazil close as it trailed by just one point at 11-12. However a kill by Leandro sparked 8-1 run for Brazil, with the one point coming on Brazil’s error, and Team USA found itself down 12-20. Holmes stopped the bleeding with a kill, but Brazil scored two more straight points. Lotman scored on a kill to make the score 14-22, but Brazil controlled the rest of the match, giving up just one more point on an error. A kill and a block gave Brazil its last two points for the match victory.

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 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