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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 24, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team took Brazil to the limit, but ended up with a loss, 25-21, 22-25, 25-27, 25-16, 18-16 on Sunday in the finale of the London Volleyball International Invitational at Earls Court in Great Britain.
The U.S. finished the tournament in third place at 3-2 with 10 points. Serbia won with a 4-1 match record and 12 points. Brazil finished second with a 4-1 match record and 11 points.
Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led the U.S. Men with 18 points on 15 kills and three blocks. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) added 14 points on 14 kills. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) finished with 10 points on 10 attacks
After losing the first set, the U.S. Men came back to take a 2-1 set lead. Brazil rebounded and ran away with the fourth set, taking the match to a tie-breaker.
In the fifth set, the U.S. held leads of 6-3, 8-5 and 9-7 before Brazil tied the score at 9-9. The U.S. held match point at 14-13 and 15-14, but each time Brazil fought it off with a kill. The U.S. took match point at 16-15 on a kill from middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.). However a U.S. service error tied the score and an attack error gave Brazil its first match point. Brazil won the match on a block.
The two teams were close in kills with Brazil leading 62-59. The U.S. had a hitting efficiency of 0.343 and kill percent of 42.1. Brazil had a hitting efficiency of 0.411 and a kill percent of 50.0.
Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) started the match at setter, but Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) substituted for him in the first set and started the rest of the match.
Brazil led in blocks, 16-9 and in aces, 4-2.
Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored eight points on six attacks, one block and one ace. Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Calif.) scored eight points on six kills and two blocks.
Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored four points on four kills. Smith finished with four points on three kills and one block. Hansen had three points on one kill, one block and one ace.
Brazil’s Wallace de Souza led all scorers with 27 points on a match-high 19 kills, a match-high seven blocks and one ace. Luiz Fonteles added 18 points on 17 kills and one block. Outside hitter Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) scored one point with a block.
U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Lotman at outside hitter, Holmes and Holt at middle blocker, Patak at opposite, Thornton at setter and Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) was the U.S. libero.
Besides Hansen substituting at setter, Smith also subbed in at middle blocker and started the fifth set for Holt. Jablonsky played as a substitute and started the fifth set for Lotman. Tarr and opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) also played as substitutes.
London Volleyball International Invitational
July 20-24 at Earls Court in Great Britain
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
3. Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., USC)
10. Riley Salmon (L, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13. Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
14. Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
19. Robert Tarr (OH, 6-6, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Long Beach State)
Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Bill Neville
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Therapist/Trainer: Mike Sealy
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Place Team (Match record; points)
1. Serbia (4-1; 12)
2. Brazil (4-1; 11)
3. USA (3-2; 10)
4. Egypt (2-3; 6)
5. Great Britain (2-3; 6)
6. Mexico (0-5; 0)
Tournament Schedule and Results (all times PT)
Brazil def. Egypt, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16
Great Britain def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23
Serbia def. USA, 16-25, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24
USA def. Egypt, 25-23 25-17 25-21
Brazil def. Mexico, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14
Serbia def. Great Britain, 25-18, 25-14, 27-25
Egypt def. Serbia, 34-32, 25-16, 25-22
Brazil def. Great Britain, 25-19, 25-22, 25-12
USA def. Mexico, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18
Serbia def. Brazil, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18
Egypt def. Mexico, 25-23, 26-24, 25-17
USA def. Great Britain, 25-23, 25-10, 27-25
Serbia def. Mexico, 25-21, 25-11, 25-14
Great Britain def. Egypt, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23
Brazil def. USA, 25-21, 22-25, 25-27, 25-16, 18-16