Tulsa, U.S, June 25, 2011 – The United States posted its fourth second-day comeback of the 2011 FIVB World League on Saturday as they defeated Brazil 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
With the victory, the U.S. raised their record to 6-4 and keep their hopes alive of reaching the Final Round. The U.S. are currently tied with Poland in Group A. Brazil, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, fell to 8-2. The U.S., ranked No. 5 in the world, is the only team in the group to have defeated Brazil.
After losing to Brazil 3-1 on Friday, the U.S. improved their transition scoring on Saturday and cut back on mistakes. The teams were tied in kills 56-56. The U.S. out-blocked Brazil 10-6 and led in aces 6-3.
Reid Priddy led the U.S. with 17 points on 13 kills, three blocks and one ace. Clay Stanley had a match-high four aces while David Lee had a match-high six blocks.
Murilo Endres led Brazil with 17 points from 15 kills and two blocks. Theo Lopes added 14 points on 14 kills.
Brazil held an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout of the first set, scoring on a kill and block by Rodrigao along with two kills from Murilo. Priddy scored on three kills for the U.S. Brazil, extended their lead to 9-6 on a Giba kill before the U.S. came back with a kill from Stanley, block by Lee and Priddy ace to tie it at 9-9. With the score at 11-11, the U.S. took the lead on a Brazil setting error and a Stanley ace. Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende called timeout, but Stanley responded with two more straight aces to give the U.S. a 15-11 lead. The U.S. led 16-13 at the second TTO and added a point after the break when Priddy won a joust, but a serving error gave the ball back to Brazil. The teams traded points until the U.S. led 20-17 and Brazil scored on a serving error. The United States came back with straight kills from Anderson and Millar, causing Brazil to call timeout. Lucas responded with a kill, but Anderson answered with a kill of his own. The U.S. reached setpoint on Anderson’s strike and won the set on a Priddy attack that eluded Brazil libero Sergio Santos.
The teams opened the second set trading points. Brazil gained the upper hand at the first TTO as Giba scored with a kill off the block. Brazil extended the lead to 9-7 on a U.S. violation. Brazil still led by two at 12-10 when they were called for three straight hitting errors. Brazil called timeout and Rodrigao scored with a kill. The teams traded points until the U.S. led 16-14 at the second TTO. Brazil got a yellow card following the break and Brazil scored on a U.S. violation. The U.S. called timeout to calm things down. At 19-19, the U.S. went up by two on an Anderson strike and Brazil violation. Brazil called timeout and the next U.S. attack went out of bounds. Two straight Brazil attacks pulled the South Americans to within one at 22-21 but Priddy kept the U.S. ahead with a right-side attack. The U.S. reached setpoint at 24-22. Brazil scored once more with a kill before Millar gave the U.S. the victory.
Despite the victory, the Americans’ intensity dropped in the third set and Brazil took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO, scoring on kills by Rodrigao, Lucas, Murilo and Lopes, along with an ace from Bruno Rezende. Brazil kept up the offence after the break and increased their lead to 11-6, including kills from Giba and Murilo, before Stanley ended the run with a kill and an ace to cut Brazil’s lead to 11-8. A kill and a U.S. net violation gave Brazil a 16-12 lead at the second TTO. A couple of netted serves and a Brazil net violation allowed the U.S. to pull back to 18-16, when Brazil called timeout and brought in Dante Amaral for Giba. The next U.S. serve went long. A Millar kill pulled the U.S. to within one at 20-19, but a kill and block by Murilo put Brazil three points up at 22-19. The U.S. called timeout, coming back to score on Brazil’s serving error and a kill from Priddy and Lee that pulled it back to within one, when Brazil called timeout. Lucas’ kill put Brazil back in front by two, but Stanley responded with a right-side kill off the block. Brazil reached setpoint on Rodrigao’s spike and won the set on an ace from Bruno Rezende.
Giba returned to the match for Brazil, but the U.S. had a two-point advantage at the first TTO. With the U.S. leading 11-10, they scored on a Millar kill and Brazil hitting error to lead 13-10. Brazil called a timeout, but the U.S. were still three points up at the second TTO. Coming out of the timeout, Lucas connected on a kill-and-roll shot to pull Brazil to within one at 16-15. Giba tied it with a kill and the U.S. called timeout. The teams traded points until it was tied 19-19, when Brazil served out of bounds and was then called for a back-row attack error to give the U.S. a 21-19 lead. Brazil called timeout and Murilo came back with a left-side kill off the U.S. block. The U.S. were leading 22-21 when it scored on a Priddy kill and Lee block to reach matchpoint. But the United States’ next two attacks went long, pulling Brazil to within one. The U.S. called timeout and Priddy clinched the match with a back-row attack.