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U.S. Men to Face 'Better' Brazil Team in World League

June 07, 2011, 7:46 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 7, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will face Brazil in an official FIVB match for the first time since the finals of the 2008 Olympic Games in two World League matches on June 11-12 (6 a.m. PT both days) at the Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The U.S. Men won that final match in Beijing, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23. But some things have changed in two years.

Brazil, ranked No. 1 in the world, is even better, U.S. team captain and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) said.

“They have a true opposite,” Priddy said. “They were struggling at that position. With (Leandro) Vissotto, for the first time since I’ve been playing internationally, they really have a true opposite that can hit high balls and get them out of bad situations.

“Their setters have that much more experience. The rise of Murilo (Endres) is significant. They always seem to have world-class, elite outside hitter in the wings.”

Brazil has won every FIVB World League since 2002, except for 2008 when the U.S. Men won the Final Round in Rio de Janeiro, defeating Brazil in the process. Since 2008, Brazil has won every major international men’s volleyball title, including the 2009 World Grand Champions Cup and the 2010 World Championship.

Brazil is coached by Bernardo Resende. His son Bruno, was the backup setter in Beijing, is now the team’s starter.

So far in the 2011 World League, the South American team has defeated Puerto Rico in two three-set matches (25-15, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-19, 31-29, 25-23) and over Poland in one sweep and one four-set match (25-23, 26-24, 25-21 and 28-26, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23). It is leading Pool A with a 4-0 record while the U.S. Men, ranked fifth in the world, sit in second at 3-1; their only loss is a first-match sweep in Poland on May 27.

It’s their own game, not necessarily Brazil’s that the U.S. Men are focusing on, Priddy said.

“It’s interesting because I really think that given the first two weekends, the best thing we can do is try to improve on taking care of the ball on our side of the net,” Priddy said. “We still have a lot of things on our side of the net that can be cleaned up: free-ball passes, transition hitting and setting. Unforced errors are not something we want to be in the fabric of what this team is made of.”

The U.S. Men have added setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach) and opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) to their roster. Hansen had to sit out the first two weekends of World League after having his appendix removed in May.

The U.S. Men have several players among the leaders in individual statistics.

After his seven-ace performance in Puerto Rico, including four in a row in the fourth set of the second match on June 4, U.S. opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) leads all servers with 11 aces and 12 faults on 74 attempts (0.79 aces per set). Priddy is fourth among all servers with six aces and nine faults on 65 attempts (0.43 aces per set).

Priddy leads the U.S. Men’s Team in scoring and is fourth overall with 68 points on 54 kills, eight blocks and six aces (4.86 points per set).

Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) is fifth among all blockers with 14 blocks and 26 errors on 61 attempts (1.00 block per set). U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) is second among all diggers with 51 and 19 faults on 92 attempts (3.64 digs per set). Stanley is sixth among diggers with 34 and 13 faults on 65 attempts (2.43 digs per set).

Lambourne is third among all liberos with 80 “excellents” and 22 faults in 163 attempts.

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Tickets to see the U.S. Men play Poland at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates are available at the Sears Centre Arena Box Office (5333 Prairie Stone Parkway), online at SearsCentre.com or by calling (888) SEARSTIX (732-7784).

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.).

For more information, visit the USA Volleyball World League web site.

2011 FIVB World League
14-Player Roster for June 11-12 in
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
(12-player rosters for each night are announced shortly before the matches)

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)
7 Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, USC)
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)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Rob Browning(Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach:
Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Doctor: Dr. Michael Terry (Burr Ridge, Ill.)
Trainer: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)

Pool A Standings
Team record (points)
1. Brazil 4-0 (12)
2. USA 3-1 (9)
3. Poland 1-3 (3)
4. Puerto Rico 0-4 (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
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
Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Date: June 17-18 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Poland
Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. – BUY TICKETS

Date: June 24-25 (7 p.m. both nights)
Opponent: Brazil
Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa (Okla.)  - BUY TICKETS

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