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Brazil Adjusts to Defeat U.S. Men at World League

July 07, 2011, 10:33 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 7, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team could not build on a successful first set and fell to Brazil, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-15 in an FIVB World League Final Round match on Thursday in Gdansk, Poland.

Brazil (2-0 in final round) will move on to Saturday's World League semifinals along with Russia (2-0) after the two teams play each other on Friday. The U.S. (0-2) will play Cuba (0-2) on Friday at 2 a.m. PT, but neither team will advance.

Brazil made the right adjustments following a first set that saw setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) connect with his hitters on 14 kills, including opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) with five and middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) with four.

“We are disappointed,” U.S. Team Captain Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) said. “We have one more match to play here against Cuba and we want to take as much experience from that match as we can.”

"For us, it’s about keeping sustained pressure on the teams that we play," U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. "After winning the first set, the next three sets we were down fast - by the first technical - and came back in all three of those sets and made it close by the second technical. Our slow starts in those games really affected the outcome."

Outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led the U.S. in scoring with 16 points on 12 kills, two blocks and two aces. Anderson left the match toward the end of the third set and was seen grabbing his shoulder after an attack attempt. But he returned to start the fourth.

Stanley finished with 15 points on 12 kills, one block and two aces. Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored nine points on nine kills. Lee totaled eight points on five kills and a team-high three blocks.

The U.S. finished with 48 kills and 20 errors on 108 attempts for a hitting efficiency of 0.259 and a kill percent of 44.4. Brazil had 53 kills and 16 errors on 104 attempts for a hitting efficiency of 0.356 and a kill percent of 51.0.

Brazil led in blocking 12-9 while the U.S. scored on five aces while Brazil had three.

Brazil led in digs 72-65. Priddy led the U.S. in digs with 15 while libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) and Stanley each added 14.

Thornton was credited with 38 assists. Setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), who substituted for Thornton in the fourth set, had seven assists.

Brazil outside hitter and team captain Gilberto “Giba” Godoy went on to lead all scorers with 21 points on a match-high 18 kills, three blocks and one ace.

Among other U.S. scorers, middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) scored five points on three kills and two blocks. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), who saw his first 2011 World League action as a substitute for Anderson, scored on three kills. Opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) and middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) each had two kills playing as substitutes.

Hansen scored one point with a block and outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.) added an ace.

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

Hansen, Holmes, Lotman, Patak and Rooney all played as substitutes.

The U.S. took an 8-7 lead in the first technical timeout of the first set. Thornton went to his middle blockers for offense, connecting with Lee three times and with Millar once in those opening points. Stanley also had two straight kills for the U.S. Brazil tied it with a Giba back-row attack after the break, but Lee came back with his fourth kill, followed by a Brazil error that put the U.S. ahead 11-8. Theo got a kill for Brazil, but Stanley responded with an attack, followed by a Brazil error that gave the U.S. the 12-9 lead and caused Brazil to call timeout. Brazil scored after the break, but then served into the net and hit the next ball out of bounds to put the U.S. up by five. The U.S. continued to lead by five at 17-12 when Brazil served into the net. Anderson took the serve and Brazil followed with a hitting error. Brazil called timeout, but Stanley responded with a kill and Anderson scored on an ace to give the U.S. a 20-12 lead. The U.S. went on to an easy set victory. In the set it scored on nine Brazil errors while committing only six. Lee and Stanley each had five points for the U.S. Lee hit 4-for-4 while Stanley was 5-for-6.

Brazil cleaned up the mistakes and jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and the U.S. called timeout. Brazil scored on kills from Giba, Theo Lopes and Murilo Endres along with a Lucas Saatkamp block of Lee. The U.S. got a kill from Anderson. Brazil’s success continued after the timeout as it scored with a block and kill before Anderson could score again from the back row. Giba came back with a kill, but Anderson attacked again, followed by a Millar block and another Anderson strike to pull the U.S. to within four at 8-4. Murilo scored for Brazil, but the U.S. came back with an Anderson kill and Stanley ace, causing Brazil to call timeout. Brazil scored on a kill and U.S. error to lead 11-7, but Brazil’s next serve went long and the U.S. scored two more straight points on attacks by Priddy and Stanley to pull to within one at 11-10. Giba scored for Brazil. Anderson came back with a back-row quick and Millar scored off the block to tie the score at 12-12. The teams were still tied at 13-13 when Brazil scored on straight kills from Giba and Murilo. Later, a Brazil kill and block gave it an 18-15 lead and the U.S. called timeout. Anderson scored after the break and Stanley took the serve, getting an attack after a long rally. He followed with an ace to tie the score at 18-18 and Brazil called timeout. The teams were still tied at 19-19 when Giba scored with an attack followed by ace from Santos and a U.S. hitting error to put Brazil ahead 22-19. Stanley came back with a kill off the block and Lotman, brought in to serve for Millar, connected on an ace that Brazil libero Sergio Santos couldn’t handle. But Brazil came back with a kill and a block to reach set point. Brazil was called for a net violation, but Brazil opposite Leandro Vissoto got a somewhat controversial kill to win the set. Anderson had eight points for the U.S. and Stanley had six. Giba had eight points for Brazil. Each team had four errors.

Brazil again led at the first TTO of the third set as it continued to thwart the U.S. middle attack. With the score tied 4-4, The U.S. was called for a violation, then Brazil’s Lopes scored with a kill and Thornton was called for a lift to give Brazil the 7-4 lead. Brazil’s next attack hit the antenna, but the U.S. serve went long and Brazil led 8-5. The U.S. came back with a kill, but dos Santos connected on a kill and block to put Brazil ahead 10-6. Stanley got a kill and Anderson put down an overpass to begin a U.S. comeback. After a Murilo tip, Anderson go the serve and the U.S. scored on kills from Stanley and Priddy and a block by Millar to tie the score at 11-11 and cause Brazil to call timeout. With the scored tied 12-12, the U.S. took advantage of a Brazil error and Lee block of Giba to lead 14-12. But it was short-lived as Giba came back with a kill down the left line and the U.S. hit the ball out. Brazil held a slim 16-15 lead at the second TTO on a Giba ace. The U.S. tied the score on Lee’s block. A Brazil error gave the U.S. a two-point lead, but Brazil came right back on a U.S. error and a Bruno block to the score at 18-18. Anderson broke the tie with a kill, but came down grabbing his shoulder and Rooney was brought in to replace him. The U.S. led 20-19 when Brazil got straight kills from Murilo and Giba to lead 21-20. The U.S. called timeout and tied the score with Rooney’s first kill of the 2011 World League. But Giba came back with two straight attacks to give Brazil the 23-21 advantage. Rooney scored from the back-row, but a Saatkamp kill and Brazil block of Lee gave Brazil the victory. Priddy had four points in the set for the U.S., Brazil had six from Giba. Each team had seven errors. The U.S. led in blocks 4-3.

Anderson returned in the fourth set, but Brazil’s passing was picture perfect and the U.S. committed key errors. Brazil took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO, building up a 3-0 lead on a Giba kill, Saatkamp ace and U.S. hitting error to open the set. The teams traded kills and with Brazil leading 5-3, Anderson scored on an ace. Giba came back with a kill and the U.S. was called for a net violation. A U.S. hitting error gave Brazil an 8-4 lead at the first TTO and a Brazil block gave it a 9-4 lead and caused Knipe to call timeout and bring Hansen in to set. The teams traded points until Brazil’s lead was 10-6 and Murilo scored on a kill and a block. The U.S. couldn’t return Brazil’s next attack and the U.S. called timeout down 13-6. The U.S. scored after the break, but then served out of bounds. Anderson got a kill, but Murilo responded with an attack. Knipe brought Holmes in for Millar and Brazil blocked Holmes’ first attack attempt to lead 16-8 at the second TTO. The U.S. couldn’t put together a run after that and Brazil surged to the set and match victory.


2011 FIVB World League
12-Player Roster for July 7 in Gdansk, Poland
(12-player rosters for each match are announced shortly prior to the match)

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
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) 

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

World League Final Round Results and Schedule (All times PT)

Pool F Standings
Team record (points)
1. Russia 2-0 (6)
2. Brazil 2-0 (5)
3. Cuba 0-2 (1)
4. USA 0-2 (0)

Pool F
July 6: Russia def. USA, 29-31, 25-16, 25-21, 25-22
July 6: Brazil def. Cuba, 18-25, 21-25, 25-16, 30-28, 15-12
July 7: Russia def. Cuba, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20
July 7: Brazil def. USA, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-15
July 8 at 2 a.m.: USA vs. Cuba
July 8 at 4:30 a.m.: Brazil vs. Russia

Pool E Standings
Team record (points)
1. Argentina 1-0 (3)
2. Poland 1-0 (2)
3. Bulgaria 0-1 (1)
4. Italy 0-1 (0)

Pool E
July 6: Argentina def. Italy, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22
July 6: Poland def. Bulgaria, 25-20, 23-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-13
July 7 at 8:15 a.m.: Bulgaria vs. Argentina
July 7 at 11 a.m.: Italy vs. Poland
July 8 at 8:15 a.m.: Italy vs. Bulgaria
July 8 at 11 a.m.: Poland vs. Argentina 

Pool A Standings
Team record (points)
1. Brazil 10-2 (30)
2. USA 8-4 (23)
3. Poland 6-6 (18)
4. Puerto Rico 0-12 (1)

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.
July 1: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-27, 25-22, 25-12, 25-27, 15-8
July 2: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-13, 25-22, 25-19