Brazil Takes 3-1 Victory Over U.S. Men

Sept. 26, 2009, 8:10 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team lost its fourth of five friendly matches to host Brazil, 1-3 (21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25) on Saturday in Uberlandia.

The team will play their final match on Saturday at 6 a.m. PDT.

Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led the U.S. Men with 17 points on 16 kills and one ace. Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) added 12 points on 12 kills. Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) totaled nine points on seven kills, one block and one ace. Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) tallied eight points on five kills, two blocks and one ace.

Brazil’s Mauricio Borges Almeida e Silva led all scorers with 19 points.

The U.S. Men completed 47 of 110 kill attempts (43 percent) with six errors and 10 blocked hits. Jablonsky led the way, completing 16 of 29 kill attempts (55 percent) with one error and four blocked hits. Brazil completed 62 of 115 kill attempts (54 percent) with 11 errors and five blocked hits.

Brazil out-blocked the United States 10-5 and had five aces while the U.S. Men had four.

The United States had 73 percent positive and 42 percent excellent receptions, led by Lotman who was 85 percent positive and 52 percent excellent on 27 attempts with no errors. Touzinsky was 82 percent positive and 56 percent excellent with two errors on 11 attempts.

Among other U.S. scorers, Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored seven points on five kills and two blocks. Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) added two points on two kills and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) totaled one point on an ace.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started outside hitters Anderson, Jablonsky and Salmon, Hein and Holmes at middle blocker, Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) at setter and Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) at libero. Touzinsky started the second set for Salmon and started the rest of the match.

Hoff, David Smith (Saugus, Calif.), Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) all played as substitutes.

The U.S. Men jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set, thanks to a kill by Holmes and a kill and a block from Lotman. They led 8-4 at the first technical timeout (TTO). Brazil came out of the break and scored three straight points to pull to within one. Knipe called timeout and a Brazil service error kept the United States up by two. Team USA maintained the lead until it was 14-12 and Brazil scored on two straight U.S. errors to tie the score. The teams battled back and forth and Brazil led 16-15 at the second TTO. With the scored tied at 17s, Brazil scored three straight points to take a 20-17 lead. Brazil reached set point first at 24-20. A Jablonsky kill made it 24-21 before Mauricio ended the set with a kill.

The teams were tied at 3-3 to open the second set when Brazil scored three straight points on two kills and an ace to lead 6-3 and continue to lead 8-5 at the first TTO despite three kills from Touzinsky, a kill from Lotman and an ace by Hein. Brazil continued to lead at 13-11 when Team USA scored two straight points to tie the score. Brazil reached the second TTO first at 16-15, but Team USA tied it on a Brazilian error. Brazil took a 17-16 lead on a U.S. service error, but the United States came back with two straight points on kill by Holmes and Jablonsky to take the 18-17 lead. Brazil scored the next two points on a U.S. error and a kill to go up 19-18. Knipe called timeout and Touzinsky tied the score with a kill. But Brazil scored the next two points on a kill and a block. Holmes responded with a kill, and then came out of the match for Hoff, who had an ace to tie the score. But Brazil responded with two straight kills for a 23-21 lead. A Jablonsky kill made it 23-22, but Brazil reached set point with a Mauricio kill and a second Mauricio kill ended the set.

The score was tied 4-4 in the third set when the U.S. Men scored three straight points on a kill from Jablonsky, a Brazil error and a Holmes block to take a 7-4 lead. Brazil called timeout and the United States responded with a service error. But a Holmes kill gave the U.S. Men the 8-5 lead at the first TTO. Brazil came out of the break and scored on two straight kills before a Jablonsky kill kept the U.S. lead at two. Team USA led 16-15 at the second TTO. Brazil tied the score at 16s, but the U.S. Men scored two straight points to go ahead 18-16. Brazil called timeout and scored on a kill. Team USA responded with two straight kills from Hein and Jablonsky to go ahead 20-17. With the United States leading 21-19, it scored three straight points on two kills from Touzinsky and a Brazil error to reach set point. Brazil scored three straight points on two U.S. errors and an ace before Lotman gave Team USA its second set victory in the series with a kill.

Brazil held an 8-6 lead at the first TTO of the fourth set and extended it to 9-6 before the United States scored two straight points on kills by Jablonsky and Touzinsky. Brazil called timeout, but the U.S. Men tied the score on Lotman’s ace. Brazil responded with two straight kills to re-take the lead. Team USA scored on a Brazil error, but Brazil scored two more points on U.S. errors to go ahead 14-11. Brazil held a 16-14 lead at the second TTO then scored two more points on a kill and a block. A Jablonsky kill pulled the U.S. to within three, but Brazil used another 3-0 run to lead 21-15. The United States scored twice on kill by Jablonsky and Touzinsky, but Brazil scored two more points. Brazil reached match point at 24-18 on a U.S. error, then won the match with a block.

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: Brazil def. USA, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18
Sept. 27 in Uberlandia, 10 a.m. local, 6 a.m. PT