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U.S. Ends World League with Loss to Brazil

July 14, 2013, 10:22 a.m. (ET)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 14, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team ended its 2013 FIVB World League campaign with a 25-21, 26-24, 25-23 loss to Brazil on Sunday at the Maracanazinho arena in Rio de Janeiro.

The U.S. Men finish World League pool play with a 4-6 record and in fifth place in Pool A. Brazil wins Pool A with a 9-1 record and will advance to the Final Round in Argentina.

The U.S. struggled with 33 team errors, including 19 service errors on 69 attempts, while Brazil was charged with 22 team errors. The U.S. led in attacks (35-32) and blocks (7-5) while Brazil led in aces (6-4).

“I was hoping we would play better tonight, but that was not the case,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Los Angeles) said. “We just didn’t serve the ball on the court. If you have 28 percent service errors, you’re not going to beat too many teams, especially not good teams like Brazil.”

U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led all scorers with 17 points on 14 kills, one block and two aces. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added six points on four attacks and a team-high two blocks.

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) and setter Kyle Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) each finished with five points. Anderson scored on three kills and two aces. Caldwell scored on four attacks and a block.

Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) started two sets and scored four points on four kills.

Middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati) and outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) each scored three points. Holt had three kills and Muagututia had two kills and one block.

Middle blocker David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) scored two points on one attack and one block. Setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) had one point with a solo block.

Shoji started the match at setter and was credited with nine running sets. Caldwell started the second and third sets and was credited with 11 running sets. The U.S. finished with a 40.7 kill percent and a .233 hitting efficiency.

U.S. libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu) finished with five digs and six excellent receptions. Clark led the team in digs with six and Lotman led in receptions with seven.

Wallace de Souza paced Brazil with 14 points. Luiz Felipe Marques Fonteles added 10 points.

Speraw started Anderson and Lotman at outside hitter, Lee and Holt at middle blocker, Clark at opposite, Kawika Shoji at setter and Erik Shoji at libero.

Caldwell started the second and third sets for Shoji. Smith substituted in the second set for Holt and started the third. Muagututia started the third set for Lotman.

The teams kept the score close in the first set. The U.S. held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), but Brazil kept up the pressure and used a kill and a block to take a 16-13 lead at the second TTO. With Brazil leading 18-14, the U.S. got a kill and ace from Clark to pull to within two. Brazil scored and the U.S. came back with a Lee kill and Kawika Shoji block to pull to within one. Brazil called timeout and came back with two kills and a block to regain the lead. Brazil went on to take the set 25-21. Brazil scored on 10 U.S. errors while committing four.

With Brazil leading 8-7 in the second set, its serve went out of bounds and Anderson came back with anace. Clark scored with a spike and Brazil was called for a lift to give the U.S. the 11-8 advantage. The U.S. led 15-13 when Clark scored on three straight attacks and Brazil called timeout. With the U.S leading 20-16, Luiz Felipe Marques Fonteles scored with a kill and gave the serve to Saatkamp, who served for three straight points, including two aces, to tie the score. The score was still tied at 24-24 when the U.S. served the ball out of bounds and then hit into the net to give Brazil the 26-24 victory.

Brazil led 8-6 at the first TTO of the third set and continued to lead 16-13 at the second TTO. With Brazil leading 17-15, the U.S. scored on Brazil’s service error and a block by Clark and Lee to tie the score. The score was tied 19-19 when Brazil’s attack went out of bounds and Muagututia followed with a block to give the U.S. the lead. Clark added a kill and Team USA led 22-19. Brazil came back with a block, kill and a U.S. hitting error to tie the score at 22-22. Brazil reached match point at 24-22. Clark scored with a kill before the next U.S. serve went out of bounds to end the match.

2013 U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team

12-Man Roster for FIVB World League on July 13-14 in Brazil
No. - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
4 - David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
6 - Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7 - Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
8 - Kyle Caldwell (S, 6-9, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA) 
9 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
10 - Tony Ciarelli (OH, 6-6, Huntington Beach, Calif., USC)
15 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 - Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
20 - David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
22 - Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

Head Coach: John Speraw (Los Angeles)
Team Manager: Anton Willert (Berlin, Germany)
Assistant Coach: Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Wall (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Al Scates (Encino, Calif.)
Physiotherapist/Athletic trainer: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

2013 U.S. Men’s World League Schedule
June 7: Argentina def. USA, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 26-24
June 8: USA def. Argentina, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-16
June 14: USA def. France, 25-15, 29-27, 25-16
June 15: USA def. France, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9
June 28: USA def. Bulgaria, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21
June 29: Bulgaria def. USA, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21
July 5: Poland def. USA, 25-22, 19-25, 13-25, 30-28, 18-16
July 7: Poland def. USA, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 25-23
July 13: Brazil def. USA, 25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 28-26
July 14: Brazil def. USA, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23