Saturday, 23 August 2014
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Three balls made the difference

USA captain Sander Taylor (right) spikes against Otavio and Lucarelli (BRA)
It was the fight for first place in pool H, and it was hoped the exciting match in which Brazil and the United States provided a grim struggle. At the end there were only three ball points (97-94), which accounted for the difference. Brazil won with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-23) and is now the pool winner in the round for places nine to twelve.

It also was the duel of the two outstanding attacker Lucarelli Santos de Souza (BRA) and Taylor Sandor (USA). In the first set Sander had seven points by attacking while Lucarelli made it with four points. Since the U.S. was able to win the set with 25-22.

In the following three sets, all of which ended with just two points ahead of Brazil (25-23), then caught up Lucarelli. In the overall balance, they both came, Lucarelli and Sander, points on each 19th. Brazil, however, made more points to service (6-1) and made less unforced errors (27-33) than the team of U.S. coach Andy Read.

The culmination of the match was procured by the two main characters in person. Sander proposed a service out of bounds, which meant the first match point for Brazil. Lucarelli transformed it with an attack.
  

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