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U.S. Men Unable to Duplicate Efforts Versus Brazil

June 24, 2011, 10:27 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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TULSA Okla. (June 24, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team was unable to duplicate its feat of nearly two weeks ago as it fell to Brazil 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19 Friday evening during an FIVB World League match at the Reynolds Center.

Brazil is ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, while the U.S. is ranked fifth. The two teams, which split a pair of matches in Brazil on June 11-12 with the Americans handing the Brazilians their only defeat of 2011 World League, meet again Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Central Time in Tulsa.

Brazil leads Pool A with an 8-1 record and 24 points, while the U.S. drops into a second-place tie with Poland with identical 5-4 records and 15 points.

Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) paced the U.S. Men with 15 points on 14 kills and a block, while Clay Stanley (Honolulu) chipped in 10 kills, two aces and a block for 13 points. Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) contributed nine kills and two blocks in the loss.

Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) totaled six kills and team-high three blocks for nine points, while David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added eight points. Russell Homes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) rounded out the U.S. scoring with a single point.

“I thought Brazil played hard. They dug a lot of balls and got a lot of points in transition,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “We have a quick turnaround. We will see what adjustments we can make for tomorrow.”

Brazil’s Theo Lopes led all scorers with 24 points on 20 kills, three blocks and one ace. Gilberto “Giba” Godoy added 17 points on 11 kills, three blocks and a match-high three aces.

“I thought we played better than we played against the U.S. in Brazil,” Brazil Head Coach Bernardo Rezende said. “We need to learn (from mistakes) from the third set. The U.S. is a good team and they don’t need our help to win.”

Knipe started Priddy and Anderson at outside hitter, Millar and Lee at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite and Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) at setter. Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) was the American libero. Holmes was a reserve in all four sets, while Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) came off the bench as a serving substitute in the first three sets. Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) was a reserve in the fourth set.

Brazil held a 60-46 advantage in kills and a 5-2 margin aces. The South Americans edged their North American counterparts in blocks, 10-9. The U.S. Men took advantage of 28 Brazilian errors and limited its mistakes to 21.

Brazil’s defense led in digs, 58-37 and had 12 faults as compared to 15 for the U.S. Priddy led the U.S. in digs with 14. Lambourne added seven.

Thornton was credited with 21 assists and no errors on 90 attempts.

The teams opened the first set even and made a few mistakes as they got a feel for the match. With the teams tied 6-6, Brazil score d on a Lopes tip and Giba kill on an overpass to lead 8-6 at the first technical timeout (TTO). Priddy scored with a kill off the block, but Brazil came back with two straight kills from Murilo Endres to lead 10-7. The U.S. used a Brazil scoring error and kill by Millar to pull to within one at 11-10, but Brazil held its lead with a kill by Lopes. Brazil led 16-14 at the second TTO. With Brazil leading 20-17, the U.S. took a timeout and got the serve on a Priddy kill. Anderson made it 20-19 with a kill and Brazil called timeout. Stanley answered with and ace and tied the score at 20-20. The next serve went out of bounds and Brazil tied the score with a kill. A U.S. hitting error put Brazil ahead 22-21 and the U.S. called timeout.  Brazil reached set point on a kill from Murilo and Lopes and a Giba kill gave the Brazil the set. Lopes had six points and Murilo had five for Brazil. Four U.S. players scored three points.

The teams were again tied 6-6 to open the second set when Murilo scored with a tip and kill to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. With Saatkamp serving, Brazil scored the next three points to lead 11-6 before a service error ended the run.  The U.S. came back with a run of its own when Brazil, leading 12-7, served into the net and then was charged with a net violation. A Stanley kill made the score 12-10 before a U.S. service error ended the run. Brazil led 16-12 at the second TTO. With Brazil leading 20-14, Anderson scored on a kill and took the serve. A Stanley kill and Holmes block pulled the U.S. to within three at 20-17 and Brazil called timeout. The tactic work and a service error gave Brazil the ball back. The U.S. couldn’t bridge the gap and Brazil reached set point at 24-20 on a Lopes kill. The U.S. hit went out to give Brazil the set.

Brazil opened the third set with a 5-2 lead. The U.S. came back tie it at 5-5, including two straight Stanley kills. The U.S. took a 6-5 lead on a Millar block. The teams traded points and Brazil led 8-7 at the first TTO.  With the score tied 10-10, the U.S. scored on a Stanley kill and two straight Lee blocks to lead 13-10. Brazil called timeout and stopped the run with a kill. Brazil came back with two points on a U.S. error and block by Saatkamp. But the U.S. led 16-13 at the second TTO and increased the lead to 18-13 on two straight Brazil hitting errors. Giba ended the run with a fast kill. Stanley responded with a tip, but Brazil got two straight kills from Dante and Giba to pull to within three at 19-16. The U.S. called timeout and Brazil scored on a block before a hitting error gave the ball back to the U.S.  With the U.S. leading 22-18, Brazil scored on a Giba kill and ace from Bruno that caught the U.S. looking to pull to within two at 22-20. The U.S. called timeout and Lee came back with a kill. Rodrigo Santana had a kill as well, but the Brazil served into the net to give the U.S. set point. Lee and Anderson combined for a block to give the U.S. the set. The U.S. had four blocks in the set.

Brazil took a 6-3 lead to open the third set, scoring on four kills, including two by Theo, and two blocks. The U.S. came back to tie it on Brazil’s service and hitting errors and a block by Anderson. A Millar kill gave the U.S. its first lead, but Brazil tied it on a kill by Theo and then took the 8-6 lead on a U.S. hitting error. Brazil continued to lead, 16-12 at the second TTO as the U.S. struggled to put together a run. Brazil reached match point at 24-19 on a serving error and won the set and the match with a block.

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Tickets to see the U.S. Men take on world No. 1 Brazil in Tulsa at the Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa are available online at TulsaHurricane.com. Tickets are available at the box office (800 South Tucker Drive) by calling (918) 631-4688 or in person (office hours 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday).

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 24 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 8-1 (24)
2. Poland 5-4 (15)
3. USA 5-4 (15)
4. Puerto Rico 0-9 (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 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Poland
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.) - BUY TICKETS
June 24: Brazil def. USA, 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19

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