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U.S. Men Hand Brazil First 2011 World League Loss

June 12, 2011, 11:26 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 12, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team handed Brazil its first 2011 FIVB World League loss with a 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24 victory on Sunday in front of 17,836 yellow-clad fans in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The victory means the U.S. Men will return to the United States with a 4-2 record as they get set for three World League weekends at home (June 17-18 against Poland at Hoffman Estates, Ill.; June 24-25 against Brazil in Tulsa, Okla., and July 1-2 against Puerto Rico in Long Beach, Calif.).

Brazil falls to 5-1, but is still in first place in Pool A. It will host Puerto Rico (0-6) on June 18-19. 

Blocking was the name of the game for the U.S. Men, who out-blocked Brazil 15-9, led by middle blocker Ryan Millar (Alpine, Utah) with a match-high five stops. Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and outside hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) each added four blocks apiece.

Brazil led the U.S. in kills, 59-50. The U.S. Men’s hitting efficiency was 0.267 while their kill percent was 41.7 Brazil’s hitting efficiency was 0.256 and its kill percent was 44.4.

The teams tied in aces 1-1 and each had 12 service errors.

Brazil led in digs, 59-38 and had 26 digging errors while the U.S. Men had 38. Brazil also led in excellent receptions, 57-47. Each team was charged with one reception error.

“I am very pleased with the way my team played today,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) said. “I think we did not make as many errors during the important moments. Yesterday I told my team that we could not give away so many errors and it did not happen today.

“Brazil has an amazing environment for volleyball. We have some young guys on the team like Anderson and I think that they learned a lot with these matches.”

Brazil Head Coach Bernardo Rezende was not happy with the timing of his team's errors.

"The difference between this match and the last game was when the errors happened," he said. "We made a lot of mistakes at important moments of the game. We have to play with more intelligence."

Anderson led all scorers with 21 points on 17 kills (0.500 hitting efficiency; 56.7 kill percent) and four blocks. Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) added 16 points on 15 kills (0.400 hitting efficiency; 50.0 kill percent) and one block. Lee finished with 10 points on six kills and four blocks.

Brazil Team Captain Murilo Endres paced his club with 20 points on 18 kills and two blocks. Wallace Martins added 12 kills, one block and one ace.

Among other U.S. players, opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored nine points on eight kills and one ace. Millar finished with seven points on two kills to go with his five blocks.

Setter Brian Thornton (San Clemente, Calif.) scored one point with a block and opposite Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), who played as a substitute, scored on a kill.

Thornton was credited with 13 running sets and one fault on 117 attempts and an average of 3.25 running sets per set.

Libero Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) led the U.S. in digs with 11 (13 faults) to average 2.75 per set. Stanley had eight digs (five faults) and averaged 2.0 per set.

Anderson led the team in excellent receptions with 21 and no faults on 36 attempts. Priddy had 15 receptions and one fault on 22 attempts.

U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Anderson and Priddy at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Thornton at setter and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero.

Patak, outside hitter Paul Lotman (Lakewood, Calif.), setter Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and middle blocker Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley, Calif.) all played as substitutes.

The U.S. Men held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) and came out of the break with a 4-0 run behind the serving of Stanley, scoring on a kill and block by Anderson along with a Brazil error. A U.S. serving error ended the run with the U.S. leading 12-7. The U.S. continued to lead by five at 16-11 at the second TTO as the teams traded points on the way. The U.S. got kills from Priddy and Lee along with help from Brazil errors. Coming out of the break, Brazil scored twice on kills by (No 2) and Knipe called timeout. Anderson answered with a kill and the U.S. scored two more points on a Brazil hitting error and Millar block to take a 19-13 lead. The teams again traded points, including another Millar block and two kills from Priddy, until the U.S. led 23-17. A U.S. serving error and kill by Murilo – a tip to the back row after a long rally – pulled Brazil to within four at 23-19. The U.S. reached match point at 24-19 on Stanley’s kill. Brazil scored twice on a U.S. serving error and tip by Vissotto, causing Knipe to call timeout. Priddy ended things with a back-row quick.

The teams tied 3-3 to open the second set when the U.S. went up by two on a Lee kill and Brazil error. Brazil came back with a kill, but the U.S. went on another run on a Stanley kill, Lee tip and Anderson block to reach the first TTO leading 8-4. Brazil’s Wallace answered with a kill, but a Brazil serving error sent the U.S. on another run and it used blocks from Anderson and Priddy to go ahead 11-5. Brazil answered with two straight blocks, a U.S. hitting error and a kill from Murilo to pull to within two points and cause Knipe to call timeout leading 11-9. Anderson scored with a kill, but Brazil scored twice more with kills to cut the lead to one at 12-11. With the U.S. leading 14-12, Brazil tied the score on a Murilo block and kill from Lucas Saatkamp to tie the score. A Brazil service error and Priddy kill gave the U.S. a 16-14 lead at the second TTO. Lee’s block put the U.S. ahead 17-14, but Brazils scored twice on a kill and block from Murilo to pull to within one and cause the U.S. to call another timeout. Lee’s block and a Brazil error increased the U.S. lead again and caused Brazil coach to call timeout. The teams traded points until the U.S. got two points in a row on blocks by Priddy and Anderson to lead 22-18. The U.S. reached set point at 24-21. Brazil scored with a kill, but Priddy again ended the set with a kill for the U.S.

Brazil pull starting setter Bruno Rezende for Marlon Muraguti in the third set but the teams kept things close with Brazil holding an 8-7 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. scored on kills from Millar and Lee along with a Lee block. Anderson tied the score at 8-8 with a kill, but Brazil went on a 4-0 scoring run, including a kill and two blocks, to lead 12-8 before Priddy could respond with block of his own. Two straight U.S. errors caused Knipe to call timeout with Brazil leading 14-9. The timeout cooled Brazil’s serve as the U.S. scored on the error, but the U.S. Men handed the point back with a service error of their own. With Brazil leading 15-11 it scored two more straight points on a kill and a block from Sidnei dos Santos (Sidao). The U.S. scored on Brazil’s service error, but Brazil came back with a setter dump from Muraguti followed by two U.S. hitting errors to lead 20-12. Knipe called another timeout and Priddy came back with a kill. The teams traded points until Brazil’s lead was 21-14 and it scored on a kill from Rodrigo Santana and block by Endres. Trailing 23-14, the U.S. got points from its substitutes; first a back-row attack by Lotman and then a Patak strike, but Santana took Brazil to set point with a quick kill and Sidao sealed it with a block.

Brazil opened a 3-0 lead in the fourth set before the U.S. could get two points off two straight Priddy strikes. Santana scored for Brazil before another Priddy kill pulled the U.S. to within one at 4-3. But the two teams traded points and Brazil led by two at the first TTO, 8-6, despite to kills for the U.S. from Anderson. A Brazil service error after the break cut its lead to 8-7, but it came back with three straight points, including two kills and a U.S. error, to lead 11-17 and cause Knipe to call timeout. Stanley scored with a kill after the break and two straight blocks from Lee cut Brazil’s lead to 11-10 and led Bernardo Rezende to call timeout. Priddy’s block after the break tied the score but Brazil took the lead again with a kill by Martins. Priddy scored with a kill, but a U.S. serving error put Brazil ahead again 13-12 and a kill from Pereira Bravo make it 14-12. The teams traded kills until the U.S. put together an Anderson kill and Stanley ace to tie the score at 15-15 and then took the 16-15 lead at the second TTO. A block from Millar after the break increased the U.S. lead to 17-15 and Brazil’s hitting error put the U.S. up by three. Head Coach Rezende put Bruno back in at setter and Brazil got three quick points on a kill from Theo Lopes, block from Endres and Santana block leading Knipe to call timeout. Stanley responded with a kill and the two teams battled back and forth again. A kill by Endres and two U.S. errors put Brazil up by two at 21-19. Anderson responded with a back-row kill before the teams traded errors and Brazil led 22-21. A kill by Bravo seemed to put Brazil in control at 23-21, but Anderson again came through with a block and Lee got a kill off an overpass to tie the score. Brazil called timeout and an Endres kill gave Brazil set point. But Martins served the ball out and tied the score at 24-24. The U.S. reached match point on Brazil’s hitting error and Anderson, fittingly, ended the match with a kill.

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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.).

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2011 FIVB World League
12-Player Roster for June 12 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
(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)
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 5-1 (15)
3. USA 4-2 (12)
2. Poland 3-3 (9)
4. Puerto Rico 0-6 (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
June 12: USA def. Brazil, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24

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