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Alan Souza helps Brazil cruise past USA

Brazilian Alan Souza and Leandro Santos trying to block USA's Michael Henchy in second round match at Men's U21 World Championship

 Izmir, Turkey, August 28, 2013 – With a fantastic performance and impressive 30 points scored, Alan Souza led Brazil to 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22) victory over USA in the second round (Round of 16) of the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Wednesday.

 Souza with the tournament's third best scoring performance so far, did everything in the game and not only coming as match best scorer but also having emotional effect on his colleagues. He also had 5 dying blocks and 1 ace service in his tally.

 USA's opposite Benjamin Patch was his team best scorer with 19 points followed by Thomas Jaeschke 13 points.

 Brazil changed their strategy and used the floating tactical service to make a pressure upon USA players beside making a wide blocking dominance of 11-4 and also 6-2 in ace services which played a great role in the match.

 With Souza's fantastic performance in the first set, Brazil concluded the set after a big fight in the last few points as he sent his strong hits not only from position 2 but also from other net positions. After the set went close till the second technical timeout, Souza made the difference with his spikes and Brazil was ahead 25-22.

 In the second set USA improved their reception and backline defence and also made stated their combinations where the setter Matthew West used his skilful settings to deceive Brazil blockers. USA maintained their lead throughout most of the set. Although Brazil improved their blocking activity, but USA succeeded to make the proper action using their opposite Benjamin Patch who succeeded to score the set point 25-23.

 With Brazil developing more their blocking activity and USA losing some concentrations it was easy for them to win both the third and fourth sets to win the match 3-1.


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