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Brazil Shows U.S. Men Why It Is Leading Pool A

June 11, 2011, 11:26 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2011) – For one set, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team played like it was 2008. But it didn’t take long for Brazil to remind everyone which team is reigning in 2011.

After losing the first set, Brazil came back to defeat the U.S. Men, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 in an FIVB World League match before a crowd of 14,800 enjoying breakfast at World League on Saturday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Brazil, the two-time defending World League champion ranked No. 1 in the world, improved its record to 5-0 in Pool A. The U.S. Men, ranked No. 5, fell to 3-2, but held on to second place in Pool A. The two teams will play again on Sunday at 10 a.m. in Brazil (6 a.m. PT).

“We have been fighting during World League to play at the same level during the entire match,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “We will watch the tape from the game and we will see that we played some excellent volleyball and was also made a lot of mistakes. Brazil is a great team and we can´t help them like we did today.”

Brazil out-hit the U.S. Men 47-46. Brazil’s hitting efficiency was 0.237 and its kill percent was 39.8. The U.S. Men’s hitting efficiency was 0.180 while their kill percent was 37.7.

Brazil out-blocked the United States 11-10 and had four aces as compared to two for the U.S. Men. The U.S. was hurt by 23 blocking errors and 14 serving errors.

The U.S. Men had more digs than Brazil, 52-47 and Brazil had more digging errors, 29-27. The U.S. Men were credited with 43 excellent receptions and four errors. Brazil totaled 42 excellent receptions and two errors.

The U.S. Men got 13 points each from opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) and outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.). Stanley, the MVP of the 2008 Olympic Games where the U.S. Men won the gold medal, beating Brazil in the final, scored on 12 kills (35.3 kill percent) and one block. Priddy scored on a match-high 13 kills (40.6 kill percent).

“I think that today we play some good and bad volleyball,” Priddy said. “We had ups and downs during the match. We need to have more consistency. Also, our number of unforced errors was greater than the normal after the first set.”

Brazil opposite Leandro Vissotto led all scorers with 14 points on 11 kills (34.4 kill percent) and three blocks. Pereira Bravo added 12 points on nine kills (42.9 kill percent) and three blocks.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) totaled 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) added nine points on seven kills, one block and one ace.

Middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) scored seven points on three kills and a match-high four blocks.

Middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored two points on two kills. Outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) had one point on one kill. Setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) scored one point on a block. Setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) had one point with a kill and opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), who played as a serving substitute, connected on an ace.

U.S. libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the team in digs with 13 and five faults on 21 attempts. Stanley added 10 digs and two faults on 12 attempts.

Anderson, who was the Brazilians’ favorite hitting target, came through with 14 excellent receptions and no faults on 22 attempts. Lambourne had 13 excellent receptions and one fault on 25 attempts. Priddy added 12 excellent receptions and one fault on 19 attempts.

Knipe started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Thornton at setter and Lambourne at libero.

Patak, Lotman, Suxho and Holmes all played as substitutes.

Brazil held a 4-3 lead in the first set, as the U.S. Men scored on kills by Priddy and Stanley along with a Brazil error. The U.S. tied the score on an Anderson kill. Anderson took the serve and took the U.S. Men on a 7-0 run. Anderson scored on two kills from the back row. Stanley added a kill and Millar scored with a kill and block. Brazil called timeout and got the serve back when the U.S. passed the ball out of bounds and Brazil trailed 11-5. But two straight Brazil errors increased the U.S. lead to 13-5 and the U.S. held a 16-9 lead at the second technical timeout (TTO). Brazil scored on a Lucas Saatkamp block after the TTO, but the U.S. Men came back with two straight points on an Anderson kill and Millar block. The teams traded points until the U.S. lead was 21-14 and Brazil scored on a kill and block to pull to within five. Stanley scored with a kill and the teams traded points until the U.S. reached set point at 24-18. Stanley’s serving error kept Brazil in the set, but Millar ended it with a kill.

Brazil re-grouped between sets and came out with conviction in the second set, grabbing a 6-2 lead thanks to a kill, an ace and four U.S. hitting errors. Anderson got a kill to spark the U.S. offense and three strikes in a row from Priddy pulled the U.S. Men to within one at 7-6. Brazil used a kill to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. The teams battled back and forth. With Brazil leading 12-11, the U.S. Men got a block and ace from Anderson to lead 13-12. With the score tied 14-14, a Priddy kill and Stanley block gave the U.S. Men the 16-14 edge at the second TTO. The U.S. still led by two at 19-17 when Brazil tied it on a U.S. serving error and Vissotto block. Knipe called timeout, but the U.S. gave Brazil the 20-19 lead with a hitting error. Stanley tied it with a kill. But Brazil scored the next three points on a Vissotto kill, an ace by Bruno Rezende and a U.S. error to lead 23-20. Knipe called timeout and Priddy responded with a kill. But Brazil won the set with two straight kills.

The U.S. Men took a 6-3 lead to open the third set, scoring on a kill by Lee, two Millar blocks and a Priddy block and two Brazil errors. Brazil score the next six points behind the serving of Rodrigo Santana, scoring on three blocks and two kills to lead 9-6. Lotman replaced Anderson at outside hitter and Stanley scored with a kill to keep the U.S. within two at 9-7. With Brazil leading 13-10, it had two straight errors to let the U.S. pull to within one at 13-12, but it got the points back on two U.S. errors and took a 16-12 lead into the second TTO thanks to a block. Coming out of the break, Brazil scored again when the U.S. failed to return an easy Brazilian block. Later, a kill by Santana followed by a U.S. hitting error put Brazil up by six and caused Knipe to call timeout at 19-13. With Brazil leading 20-14, a Stanley kill gave the U.S. the serve and Patak, playing as a serving substitute, scored with an ace. A block by Lee pulled the U.S. to within three at 20-17 and caused Brazil to call timeout. Brazil pulled away again with a kill and a block. The U.S. called timeout and Brazil’s Bravo served into the net, but Brazil reached set point at 24-18 thanks to a kill and block. Brazil’s serving error gave the U.S. one more point before a U.S. hitting error ended the set.

Brazil took a 7-2 led in the fourth set before the U.S. could get back on its feet with a Stanley kill. A block by Brazil’s Murilo Endres gave the South Americans an 8-3 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. Men scored three straight points on a Lee block and two straight Brazilian errors to pull to within two at 8-6 and cause Brazil Head Coach Bernardo Rezende to call timeout. The strategy worked as Brazil scored the next four points on two kills, a block and a U.S. error to lead 12-6. Knipe called timeout and replaced Thornton with Suxho. The U.S. Men responded with three straight kills by Lee to cut Brazil’s lead to 12-9.  However a U.S. service error ended the run and the U.S. errors continued, helping Brazil take a 16-11 lead into the second TTO. Santana scored on a kill coming out of the break to increase Brazil’s lead. The U.S. came back with a kill and a block, but it would be the last U.S. run of points until Brazil reached match point at 24-19. A Brazil net violation followed by a Priddy kill cut Brazil’s lead to 24-21, but Endres ended the match with a kill.

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2011 FIVB World League
12-Player Roster for June 11 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)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Leader: Rob Browning(Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach:
Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Medical Doctor: Keith Feder (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
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 5-0 (15)
3. USA 3-2 (9)
2. Poland 2-3 (6)
4. Puerto Rico 0-5 (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
June 11: Brazil def. USA, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21

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