SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team and Brazil switched up their lineups for the USA Volleyball Cup on Tuesday and the South Americans came out ahead, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 at Jenny Craig Pavilion at the University of San Diego.
It is the second straight loss for the U.S. Men in the USAV Cup, a four-match exhibition series with Brazil, the No. 1 team in the world. There are two more matches in the series, on Wednesday (Aug. 26) at the Galen Center in Los Angeles and Saturday (Aug. 29) at the Bren Center in Irvine, Calif.
The U.S. Men are using the USAV Cup to prepare for the FIVB World Cup (Sept. 8-23 in Japan), which is their first chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.
U.S. Head Coach John Speraw gave his backups a chance to play against a team primarily made up of Brazil’s backups.
“They’ve been training really well during the course of this preparation period for the World Cup,” Speraw said. “I didn’t think they performed as well as they have recently. Of course I think they probably felt some nerves.
“We’re going to need those guys to get through the World Cup so it’s another good learning opportunity for them.”
Kawika Shoji got the start at setter and Murphy Troy at opposite. Thomas Jaeschke and Paul Lotman started on the outsides while David Smith and Russell Holmes were in the middle. Dustin Watten was the libero.
“Brazil played really, really well. Their opposite, Renan, had a really good match,” Shoji said. “We have a lot to improve on. We can really clean up our touches here and there. If you don’t do that in these matches, the best team in the world will make you pay.”
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
4. David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5. Ryan Ammerman (S, 6-9, Denver, Colo., UC Irvine)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
10. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13. Kris Johnson (MB, 6-11, Long Beach, Calif., California Baptist University)
15. Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
16. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
18. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21. Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)