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Brazil edge USA in World Champs preparation

USA's Megan Hodge topped the scores with 22 points
Colorado, USA, September 27, 2010 - The USA Women's team suffered a 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-15, 15-11) loss to Brazil on Saturday as they begun a four-match friendly exhibition tour of Brazil in preparation for the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship from October 29-November 14 in Japan.

Brazil is currently ranked No. 1 by the FIVB in the world rankings, while the U.S. moved up two spots to No. 2 after claiming the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix last month. During the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round, USA edged Brazil in a hard-fought five-set match as they went on to win the gold medal without dropping a match.

The U.S. was led by Megan Hodge's who scored a match-high 22 points with 19 kills, two aces and a block. Jordan Larson charted 14 points via 11 kills and three blocks. Nancy Metcalf contributed 10 kills on 25 attempts with only one error to go with three blocks for 13 points. Foluke Akinradewo tallied seven kills and four blocks for 11 points, while Jennifer Tamas added seven kills on 13 swings, two blocks and an ace for 10 points. Alisha Glass rounded out the American scoring with three kills on four errorless swings and a block for four points from her setter position.

"Our team played hard tonight - and, at times, we played well," USA coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "We just could not sustain our level of execution versus a strong Brazilian side."

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