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Brazil Handles USA in Four

Brazil celebrates during its match against the USA

PUNE, India (Aug. 4, 2009) – Brazil started off the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship (U-21) second round Pool F on a high note in beating USA 25-2, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17 at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

Mauricio Silva tallied a match-high 16 points in leading Brazil to the victory while teammate Isac Santos added 15 points. Najari Carvalho chipped in 11 points and Tiago Wesz contributed 10 points.

Nicholas Vogel led the USA with 14 points, while Tri Bourne produced 11 points. Murphy Troy charted nine points in the loss.

Both teams had 12 blocks, but Brazil gained an edge in kills (52-47) and opponent errors (32-25). USA had a slim 2-1 margin in aces.

Brazil challenges Iran on Wednesday at 16:00 on the second of three days of top eight classification pool play. Both teams finished their respective first-round pools with 3-0 records, the only two countries in the 16-team field to do so. USA returns to the court against Cuba at 12:00 on Wednesday in its second contest.

Brazil bolted to an 8-3 lead in the first set, but the USA rallied back to within three at 11-8. Brazil regained a five-point cushion at 15-10. The Americans scored consecutive points to close the gap to three at 15-12. Trailing 17-14, USA scored three unanswered points with a Vogel ace and Kauliakamoa block to inch within one at 19-16. Brazil scored three straight with blocks to put the score at 20-17. A USA triple block allowed the Americans back to within two at 20-18. Brazil answered with two straight points of its own ending with a Cargnin Paese block at 22-18. Brazil won the set 25-21 after a USA service error.

Tri Bourne gave the U.S. the lead in the second set at 4-3 and Vogel immediately followed with a kill. Team USA went in front 8-6 at the technical timeout and increased the margin to 12-9. However, Brazil fought back to tie the set at 15-all. A block put the USA in front at 17-15 and a Brazil attack into the net increased the cushion to 18-15. Vogel added another block out of a Brazil timeout to put the U.S. in front 19-15. Brazil answered with two quick points to come within 19-17. Kauliakamoa and Vogel formed a block extending USA lead to 22-18. Brazil put up a block to cut the gap in half at 22-20 and scored another point out of a USA timeout to put the score at 22-21. Santos powered a kill for Brazil’s fourth straight point to tie the set at 22-all. Following USA’s second timeout, Santos scored a second straight kill and block to put Brazil in front 24-22. Santos took a quick set from the middle and scored the final point of the set at 25-23 capping a 7-1 scoring run. Santos scored seven points in the second set as Brazil put up four blocks in the period.

Vogel put up a block and combined with Kauliakamoa for another to give the U.S. a 6-4 advantage in the third set. USA went into the technical timeout leading 8-5 with a service winner from Vogel. Brazil bounced back with three consecutive points capped by a Santos slam at 8-all. USA went up 10-8 on a Brazil error, but the Americans returned the error to tie the set at 10-all. Brazil went into the lead at 12-11 on a USA wide attack. A Troy kill off the Brazil touch gave the U.S. the lead back at 13-12. Bourne spiked an attack off the Brazil block to increase the advantage to 15-13. However Tiago Wesz nailed a kill for Brazil to tie the set at 15-all. Bradley Lawson collected consecutive kills to yield a 19-17 lead for the United States. The U.S. reached set point 24-22 with a Brazil service error and Brazil followed with an errant attack at 25-22. Vogel scored four points in the set for the USA and the Americans benefited from seven Brazil errors.

Carvalho earned a quick kill and block to start the fourth set giving Brazil a 2-0 lead. Vogel hammered a kill to lead the U.S. back into a tie at 4-all. Two U.S. errant attacks gave Brazil a 7-4 cushion. Brazil inched its lead up to 10-6 on a Silva kill. Troy scored a kill cutting the deficit in half to 10-8, but Brazil’s Buiatti stuffed an American attack to return the margin to three at 11-8. An American attack error led to a 15-11 Brazil lead. Wesz served an ace giving Brazil an 18-13 lead. Carvalho increased the Brazil cushion to six points at 20-14 with a kill. Brazil cruised the final points to a 25-17 victory.


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