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U.S. Upsets Brazil, Stays in World League Final Chase

June 25, 2011, 10:31 p.m. (ET)

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TULSA, Okla. (June 25, 2011) – For the second time in less than two weeks, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team upset top-ranked Brazil, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, in an FIVB World League match on Saturday evening at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa.

The U.S. Men, ranked fifth in the world by the FIVB, improve to 6-4 with 18 points in the World League Pool A of the Intercontinental Round. The U.S., tied for second with Poland in Pool A, closes out pool play on July 1-2 against Puerto Rico (0-10) at the Walter Pyramid on the Long Beach State University campus in Long Beach, Calif. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. PT. (To purchase tickets, click here.)

Brazil, which sits atop Pool A with two matches remaining in Poland (6-4) next week, falls to 8-2 during World League action. Both of Brazil's losses are to the United States as the Americans also defeated it 3-1 on June 12 at Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe complimented his team in posting another second-night upset of Brazil.

“We don’t want to continue to be a second-night team,” he said. “Although I think it takes considerable character to be able to do it.”

Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) led the U.S. with 17 points on 13 kills, three blocks and one ace. Clay Stanley (Honolulu) had a match-high four aces to go with 12 kills for 16 points. Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) contributed 14 kills, while David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) had a match-high six blocks as part of a 14-point effort.

Priddy said the U.S. Men benefited from a good week of practice.

“We had a great week of practice. Probably the best week we’ve had so far,” he said.

Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) charted six points, while Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) tallied two kills. Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) rounded out the American scoring with an ace as a serving substitute.

Team USA out-blocked Brazil 10-6 and held a 6-3 margin in aces to offset the South Americans' slim 58-55 edge in kills. The USA committed 24 errors in the match to Brazil's 26.

Brazil held the edge in digs, 27-25. The U.S. got five digs each from Thornton, Stanley and Lambourne. Thornton was credited with eight assists.

Murilo Endres paced Brazil with 17 points on 15 kills and two blocks, while Theo Lopes contributed 14 points. Lucas Saatkamp and Gilberto “Giba” Godoy added 13 and 12 points respectively.

Knipe started Priddy and Anderson at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite and Thornton at setter. Lambourne was the U.S. libero for the match.

Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) and Patak played as serving substitutes and Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) also substituted.

Brazil held an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, scoring on a kill and block by Rodrigo “Rodrigao” Santana along with two kills from Murilo. Priddy scored on three kills for the U.S. Brazil extended its lead to 9-6 on a Giba kill before the U.S. came back with a kill from Stanley, block by Lee and Priddy ace to tie it at 9-9. The U.S. took the 10-9 lead on another Lee block. Brazil came back to tie the score and the teams traded points. With the score 11-11, the U.S. took the lead on Brazil’s setting error and a Stanley ace. Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende called timeout, but Stanley responded with two more straight aces to give the U.S. the 15-11 lead. Brazil got the sideout when Stanley served long, then Lucas scored with his own ace to make it 15-13. But his next serve went long and the U.S. led 16-13 at the second TTO. The U.S. scored once more after the break when Priddy won a joust, but a serving error gave the ball back to Brazil. The teams traded points until the U.S. led 20-17 and Brazil scored on its serving error. The United States came back with straight kills from Anderson and Millar, causing Brazil to call timeout. Lucas responded with a kill, but Anderson answered with a kill. The U.S. reached set point on Anderson’s strike and won the set on Priddy’s attack that eluded Brazil libero Sergio Santos.

The teams opened the second set trading points. Brazil gained the upper hand at the first TTO as Giba scored with a kill off the block. Brazil extended the lead to 9-7 on a U.S. violation. Brazil still led by two at 12-10 when it was called for three straight hitting errors, putting the United States ahead 14-12. Brazil called timeout and Rodrigao scored with a kill. The teams traded points until the U.S. led 16-14 at the second TTO. Brazil got a yellow card following the break and Brazil scored on a U.S. violation. The U.S. called timeout to calm things down and the teams exchanged service errors followed by a U.S. hitting error that tied the score at 18-18. At 19-19, the U.S. went up by two on an Anderson strike and Brazil violation. Brazil called timeout and the next U.S. attack went out of bounds. Two straight Brazil attacks pulled the South Americans to within one at 22-21 but Priddy kept the U.S. ahead with a right-side attack. The U.S. reached set point at 24-22. Brazil scored once more with a kill before Millar gave the U.S. the victory with a kill.

Despite the victory, the U.S. intensity dropped in the third set and Brazil took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO, scoring on kills by Rodrigao, Lucas, Murilo and Lopes along with an ace from Bruno Rezende. Brazil kept up the offense after the break and increased its lead to 11-6, including kills from Giba and Murilo, before Stanley ended the run with a kill and an ace to cut Brazil’s lead to 11-8. A Brazil block followed by two straight blocks from the United States’ Priddy gave Brazil the 12-10 lead. Brazil still led by two at 14-12 when it used a kill and U.S. net violation to lead 16-12 at the second TTO. Brazil’s next serve went into the net, but it came back with a Lopes kill and a block to lead 17-13 and the U.S. called timeout. The tactic worked as Brazil served into the net. Anderson killed an overpass and a Brazil net violation pulled the U.S. to within two at 18-16 and Brazil called timeout and brought in Dante Amaral for Giba. The next U.S. serve went long. The teams traded points. A Millar kill pulled the U.S. to within one at 20-19, but a kill and block by Murilo put Brazil back in front 22-19 and the U.S. called timeout, coming back to score on Brazil’s serving error and a kill from Priddy and Lee that pulled it back to within one and Brazil called timeout. Lucas’ kill put Brazil back in front by two, but Stanley responded with a right-side kill off the block. Brazil reached set point on Rodrigao’s spike and won the set on an ace from Bruno Rezende.

Giba returned to the match for Brazil in the fourth set and the teams were tied 4-4 in the fourth set when the U.S. took a two-point lead on Brazil’s service error and Lee’s blocks. Murilo came back with a strike and Stanley returned the favor. An Anderson back-row attack and block gave the U.S. an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. The teams traded points after the break, but with the U.S. leading 11-10, it scored on a Millar kill and Brazil hitting error to lead 13-10 and Brazil called timeout. Coming out of the break, Lee scored with a block, but Bruno Rezende came back with a setter dump. Lopes got a kill off the block, but Brazil’s next attack attempt went way high and out of bounds after the U.S. twice blocked its attempts. Murilo scored with a kill, but then served into the net to give the U.S. a 16-13 lead at the second TTO. Coming out of the timeout, Lucas connected on a kill and roll shot to pull Brazil to within one at 16-15. Giba tied it with a kill and the U.S. called timeout. The teams traded points until it was tied 19-19. Brazil served out of bounds and was then called for a back-row attack error to give the U.S. a 21-19 lead. Brazil called timeout and Murilo came back with a left-side kill off the U.S. block. The U.S. was leading 22-21 when it scored on a Priddy kill and Lee block to reach match point. However the United States’ next two attacks went long, pulling Brazil to within one and the U.S. called timeout and Priddy won the match with a back-row attack.

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Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Puerto Rico on July 1-2 (7 p.m. PT both nights) at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach can be purchased by visiting the Long Beach State athletics web site, by calling the ticket office at (562) 985-4949 or by visiting the box office (open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. starting June 6; the address is 1250 Bellflower Blvd.).

2011 FIVB World League
12-Player Roster for June 25 in Tulsa, Okla.
(12-player rosters for each match are announced shortly prior)

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 Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Utah, BYU)
10 Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12 Russell Holmes (MB, 6-7, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
17 Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Doctor: Andrew Gregory (Nashville, Tenn.)
Trainer: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool A Standings
Team record (points)
1. Brazil 8-2 (24)
2. Poland 6-4 (18)
3. USA 6-4 (18)
4. Puerto Rico 0-10 (0)

U.S. Schedule and Results

Date: May 27-28
Opponent: Poland
Location: Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland
May 27: Poland def. USA, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19
May 28: USA def. Poland, 25-22, 25-19, 37-35

Date: June 3-4
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico
June 3: USA def. Puerto Rico, 24-26, 29-27, 25-17, 25-17
June 4: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-12

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Brazil
Location: Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
June 11: Brazil def. USA, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21
June 12: USA def. Brazil, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24

Date: June 17-18
Opponent: Poland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
June 17: Poland def. USA, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20
June 18: USA def. Poland, 25-21, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22

Date: June 24-25 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Brazil
Location: Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa (Okla.)
June 24: Brazil def. USA, 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19
June 25: USA def. Brazil, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23

Date: July 1-2 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Puerto Rico
Location: Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. - BUY TICKETS

Date: July 6-10
Opponent: Teams must qualify
Location: Gdansk-Sopot, Poland