Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June 12, 2011 – The United States ended Brazi's perfect run in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League on as the Olympic Champions sealed a 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24) win in their Pool A clash in Belo Horizonte.
USA was leaded by wing spiker Matthew Anderson with 21 points while Brazilian wing-spiker Murilo Endres topped the scores for the hosts with 20 points.
USA improved their win-loss record to 4-2 and maintained second place in the group with 12 points. Brazil falls to a win-loss record of 5-1 but still top the pool with 15 points.
United States came for the game wanting revenge and took a two point lead at the first technical time out before Brazil fought back to draw even. But a number of powerful serves and counter-attacks saw the visitors seal an early lead as they clinched the first set.
The US again took an early lead in the beginning of the second set and were ahead at 11-5 before Brazil began to block and receive with more efficiency to pull back. However the visitors moved ahead to 16-14 and kept the Brazilians under pressure as any comeback was thwarted as they closed the set at 25-22.
The hosts came back stronger in the third set and took a three point lead as wing-spiker Murilo began to take control, bringing the home side to within one set with a 25-16 win.
The fourth set was a point by point affair right until the end but it was the hosts who overcame the pressure to pick up a valuable win.
Brazil will now host Puerto Rico next weekend while USA will host Poland.