Tulsa, U.S., June 22, 2011 – Led by Theo Lopes and Gilberto “Giba” Godoy, Brazil defeated the U.S. 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19) in an FIVB World League match at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Brazil’s record improved to 8-1 while the U.S. fell to 5-4. The teams will play again on Saturday.
Lopes led all scorers with 24 points on a match-high 20 kills, three blocks and one ace. Giba added 17 points on 11 kills, three blocks and three aces.
Brazil had 59 kills to 46 for the United States. Brazil out-blocked the U.S. 10-9 and had five aces to two for the United States.
The teams opened the first set even and made a few mistakes as they got a feel for the match. With the teams tied 6-6, Brazil scored on a Lopes tip and Giba kill to lead 8-6 at the first technical timeout. Priddy scored with a kill off the block, but Brazil came back with two straight kills from Murilo to lead 10-7. The U.S. used a Brazil scoring error and kill by Millar to pull to within one at 11-10, but Brazil held its lead with a kill by Lopes. Brazil led 16-14 at the second TTO. With Brazil leading 20-17, the U.S. took a timeout and got the serve on a Priddy kill. Anderson made it 20-19 with a kill and Brazil called timeout. Stanley answered with an ace and tied the score at 20-20. The next serve went out of bounds and Brazil tied the score with a kill. A U.S. hitting error put Brazil ahead 22-21 and the U.S. called timeout. Brazil reached setpoint on a kill from Murilo and Lopes and a Giba kill gave the Brazil the set. Lopes had six points and Murilo had five for Brazil.
The teams were again tied 6-6 to open the second set when Murilo scored with a tip and kill to put Brazil 8-6 up at the first TTO. With Saatkamp serving, Brazil scored the next three points to lead 11-6 before a service error ended the run. The U.S. came back with a run of its own when Brazil, leading 12-7, served into the net and then was charged with a net violation. A Stanley kill made the score 12-10 before a U.S. service error ended the run. Brazil led 16-12 at the second TTO. With Brazil leading 20-14, Anderson scored on a kill and took the serve. A Stanley kill and Holmes block pulled the U.S. to within three at 20-17 and Brazil called timeout. The tactic worked and a service error gave Brazil the ball back. The U.S. couldn’t bridge the gap and Brazil reached set point at 24-20 on a Lopes kill. The U.S. hit went out to give Brazil the set.
Brazil opened the third set with a 5-2 lead. The U.S. came back to tie it at 5-5, including two straight Stanley kills. The U.S. took a 6-5 lead on a Millar block. The teams traded points and Brazil led 8-7 at the first TTO. With the score tied 10-10, the U.S. scored on a Stanley kill and two straight Lee blocks to lead 13-10. Brazil called timeout and stopped the run with a kill. Brazil came back with two points on a U.S. error and block by Saatkamp. But the U.S. led 16-13 at the second TTO and increased the lead to 18-13 on two straight Brazil hitting errors. Giba ended the run with a fast kill. Stanley responded with a tip, but Brazil got two straight kills from Dante and Giba to pull to within three at 19-16. The U.S. called timeout and Brazil scored on a block before a hitting error gave the ball back to the U.S. With the U.S. leading 22-18, Brazil scored on a Giba kill and ace from Bruno. The U.S. called timeout and Lee came back with a kill. Rodrigao had a kill as well, but Brazil served into the net to give the U.S. setpoint. Lee and Anderson combined for a block to give the U.S. the set. The U.S. had four blocks in the set.
Brazil took a 6-3 lead to open the fourth set, scoring on four kills, including two by Theo, and two blocks. The U.S. came back to tie it on Brazil’s service and hitting errors and a block by Anderson. A Millar kill gave the U.S. its first lead, but Brazil tied it on a kill by Theo and then took an 8-6 lead on a U.S. hitting error. Brazil led 16-12 at the second TTO and held off the U.S. for the victory.