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Bruno Buoys Brazil to Win Over U.S. Men

Sept. 27, 2009, 11:27 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2009) – Buoyed by the return of it setter Bruno Rezende, who had not played in six weeks due to a broken wrist, Brazil defeated the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-12) on Sunday in Uberlandia.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will be back in action at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship on Oct. 12-17 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led the U.S. Men on Sunday with 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) added six point five kills and one block. Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) scored six points on three kills and three blocks. Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) had six points on five kills and one block.

Leandro Araújo da Silva led Brazil with 17 points.

The U.S. Men completed 25 of 66 (38 percent) kill attempts with seven errors and 12 blocked hits. Brazil completed 46 of 77 (60 percent) kill attempts with two errors and eight blocked hits.

Brazil out-blocked the U.S. Men 12-8 and had five aces while the United States had none.

Team USA was 66 percent positive and 36 percent excellent on receptions with five errors on 56 attempts. Salmon was 81 percent positive and 44 percent excellent on 16 attempts with no errors. Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was 75 percent positive and 44 percent excellent with one error on 16 attempts. Brazil was 81 percent positive and 54 percent excellent with no errors on 48 attempts.

Among other U.S. scorers, David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) scored three points on three kills. Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) added one points on one block and Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) totaled one point on a kill.

U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Salmon at outside hitter, Hoff and Smith at middle blocker, Tarr at opposite, Thornton at setter and Lambourne at libero. Holmes, Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.) all played as substitutes.

The U.S. Men took a 7-5 lead in the first set, including kills by Hoff, Salmon and Tarr, but Brazil scored twice to tie the score. A Brazil error gave the United States the 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO). The two teams battled back and forth. With the scored tie4d 13-13, the United States scored two straight points on a Brazil error and Hoff block. Brazil scored on a U.S. error but Team USA reached the second TTO with a 16-14 lead on a Brazil error. Brazil came out of the break and immediately tied the score on a kill and a U.S. error. A Tarr block put the U.S. Men ahead 17-16; but Brazil score three straight points on two kill and a block to go ahead 19-17. Trailing 18-20, Team USA scored two points on a Smith attack and Holmes block to tie the score. The two teams battled back and forth until it was tied at 22. Brazil used a kill and an ace to reach set point. Team USA scored on a Brazil error, but Brazil won the set with a kill.

Brazil jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second set. Knipe called timeout, but Brazil scored two more points to reach the first TTO. The U.S. Men scored twice on a Brazil error and Salmon block. But the United States could not put together a significant run and continued to trail at the second TTO, 10-16. The U.S. Men came out of the break and scored on Salmon’s kill. Brazil got a kill of its own before Team USA scored twice on kills by Smith and Salmon. Brazil scored three straight points on a Leandro kill and two U.S. errors to lead 20-15. Brazil reached set point first at 24-18. Hoff scored on a kill before Brazil took the set 25-19 with a kill.

Brazil took an 8-4 lead into the first TTO of the third set with Team USA getting kills from Anderson and Salmon. Anderson made it 8-5 with a kill, but Brazil used a 7-1 run to increase its lead to 15-6. Knipe called his second timeout of the set and Team USA scored on a kill by Tarr and a block by Hoff. A Brazil kill and block increased its lead to 17-8. Team USA scored three straight points on an Anderson kill and two Brazil errors. But Brazil responded with an 8-1 run, with the one point coming on a Brazil error, to win the match. The setter Bruno, who was celebrating his mother’s birthday with his return to the team, served for the last five points and had an ace to boot.   

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: Brazil def. USA, 25-23, 25-19, 25-12