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USA score second victory over Puerto Rico

The American team celebrate their 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 4, 2011 – USA defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-12) for its third victory against one loss in Pool A of the 2011 FIVB World League on Saturday before a crowd of 4,512 fans at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.
Matt Anderson led four Americans in double digits with 23 points. Clayton Stanley totaled 17, including five aces, Reid Priddy added 16 with four blocks and David Lee recorded five blocks among his 10 tallies.
Puerto Rican Hector Soto led all scorers with 24 points, while Victor Rivera and Roberto Muñiz added 16 and 11, respectively, for the defeated side.
The Americans out-blocked the Puerto Ricans 13-6 and also had a slight 9-7 advantage in the serve category.

USA jumped to an early 8-5 lead in the first set behind the combined offense of Stanley and Priddy, who scored three points apiece. Victor Rivera kept Puerto Rico close with a pair of spikes and the local team tied things up at 10-10 with a right-handed spike from Soto. With Soto serving, Rivera and Escalante scored on consecutive spikes to put Puerto Rico 12-10 up, prompting a U.S. time-out. On the resumption, Soto added two straight aces, but Lee and Priddy answered back with a pair of kills. Puerto Rico went to the second TTO with a 16-14 advantage behind a right-side spike by Soto. The Americans equalized at 16 behind the spike and serve of Stanley and edged into the lead at 19-17 on the back of good play by Millar and Stanley. The Puerto Ricans reacted with a V. Rivera spike and a service winner by Muñiz to narrow the gap, and the scores were all square at 23 after a shot by Soto. But Priddy and Lee combined for an attack and block to wrap up the first set 25-23.

A couple of David Lee spikes down the middle contributed to a two-point American lead at the first TTO of the second set. Puerto Rico tied the scores at 8-8 through Soto and an ace by V. Rivera. The two teams stayed close before USA regained their two-point advantage behind a kill by Stanley and a block by Thornton. They went 22-19 up with a block by Anderson, but the home team recovered with kills by Soto and Muñiz and leveled the scores at 23-23 through Muñiz and V. Rivera. After a USA time-out, Rivera scored with a push shot for set-point to Puerto Rico, but Priddy tied the scores again. A block by Lee and an ace by Millar finally gave the Americans the second set at 26-24.

USA led 8-6 at the first TTO of the third set, but the home team sparked a reaction by turning things around, with a Soto kill helping his side to a 10-8 lead, forcing a USA timeout. After some powerful cannon shots from both sides, the home team found themselves a point up at the second TTO after a big bomb from V. Rivera. The scores were tied again at 17, before Soto put Puerto Rico ahead with a shot from the right side and V. Rivera increased the margin to two points from the left wing. Jose Rivera hit off the American block for a 23-20 lead and the set finished 25-22 in favor of Puerto Rico with a push shot by V. Rivera.

Matt Anderson was in full gear at the start of the fourth set and scored five points as the Americans took an 8-4 lead. Lee blocked Soto for a five-point advantage at 11-6 and another block by Stanley against J. Rivera stretched the difference to 13-7, forcing a Puerto Rican time-out. Two consecutive aces by Stanley gave the Americans a 16-9 lead at the second TTO. When play resumed, Stanley continued his serving show with two more aces. The Americans then cruised toward victory, wrapping the set up at 25-12.

  

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