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USA upset Brazil to claim second World League title




Florence, Italy, July 20, 2014 – USA, ranked fourth in the world, beat world No. 1 Brazil in four outstanding sets 3-1 (31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23) to claim their second World League title in front of 9,000 fans at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy on Sunday.

Taylor Sander and Matt Anderson led the way with 24 points and 23 points respectively but it was middle blocker David Lee who, with a Finals high seven blocks, was instrumental in the win for the Americans, who one their first World League title in 2008. Wallace was Brazil’s best with 16.

"It's unbelievable, unbelievable – I am lost for words," said tournament Best Blocker David Lee after getting his gold medal. "I’m feeling fantastic. We are a great team and our players are very young. Taylor Sander played an amazing game. Guys like him are the future. Tonight really couldn’t have worked better."

For USA, who topped Pool B in the Intercontinental Round with nine wins and three defeats, they become the fourth country to win more than one World League title. They receive $1m in prize money. Brazil received $500,000 for finishing second.

Earlier, Italy beat Iran 3-0 (25-22, 25-28, 25-22) to claim their fourth bronze medal and 15th World League medal overall.

Key points

•   First World League final between Brazil and USA
•   USA fourth country to win more than one World League title
•   USA now have two gold (2014, 2008) from three World League finals and five medals overall (two gold, one silver and two bronze). Brazil claimed their fifth silver medal and 18th overall (nine gold, five silver and four bronze). Brazil most successful nation in the World League.
•   Brazil’s last title was in 2010. Finished second in 2011 and 2013.
•   Italy claimed fourth bronze medal and now clear second most successful country with eight gold, three silver and four bronze medals.
•   World League winner takes home $1m in prize money
•    Italy win the bronze medal for the second year in a row. Prior to 2013, they had not finished on the podium for eight seasons.
•    Iran finish fourth, which is their best ever World League performance. In their debut season, 2013, they finished ninth.
•    With 71 points, Iran's Amir Ghafour finished as the tournament's best scorer. Taylor Sander finished with 66 and Matt Anderson with 64.

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2014 World League Dream Team
•    1st Best Outside Spiker: Taylor Sander (USA)
•    2nd Best Outside Spiker: Lucarelli (Brazil)
•    1st Best Middle Blocker: David Lee (USA)
•    2nd Best Middle Blocker: Lucas (Brazil)
•    Best Libero: Salvatore Rossini (Italy)
•    Best Setter: Mir Saeid Marouflakrani (Iran)
•    Best Opposite Spiker: Wallace (Brazil)
•    Most Valuable Player: Taylor Sander (USA)

The MVP received $30,000 in prize money, with the other award winners collecting $10,000 each.

World League 2014 Final Standing
1) USA
2) Brazil
3) Italy
4) Iran
5) Russia
6) Serbia
7) Bulgaria
7) Poland
9) Australia
10) France
11) Belgium
12) Netherlands
13) Argentina
13) Canada
13) Portugal
16) Czech Republic
16) Finland
16) Germany
19) Japan
19) Korea
21) Cuba
22) Turkey
23) China
24) Slovakia
25) Mexico
25) Spain
27) Puerto Rico
27) Tunisia

Top Scoring Performances
•    37- Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
•    36 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Russia (June 27)
•    33 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (July 5)
•    32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
•    32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
•    32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
•    31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
•    31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
•    30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)
•    30 - Amir Ghafour of Iran v Russia (July 16 World League Group 1 Finals)
•    28 - Rolando Cepeda Abreu of Cuba v Turkey (June 29 - Group 3 gold medal match)
•    28 – Park Chul-Woo of Korea v Netherlands (June 28)
•    28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
•    28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)
•    28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
•    28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
•    28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
•    28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
•   
Top Blocking Performances
•    10 – Dmitriy Muserskiy of Russia v USA (June 27)
•    8 – Tommi Siirila of Finland v Belgium (July 5)
•    8 – Pieter Verhees of Belgium v Finland (July 4)
•    8 – Gil Marcel Keller of Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
•    8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
•    8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
•    8 – Jorge Fernandez Valcarel (June 15)
•    7 – David Lee of USA v Brazil (July 20 – Group 1 gold medal match)
•    7 – Sebastian Solé of Argentina v France (June 29)
•    7 – Michael Parkinson of the Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
•    6 – Michal Krisko of Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
•    6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
•    6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Finland (June 14)
•    6 – Viktor Yosihof of Bulgaria v Russia (June 15)
•    6 – Jukka Lehtonen of Finland v Belgium (June 22)
•    6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v France (July 12 - Group 2 gold medal match)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
•    23 - The Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
•    18 – Finland v Belgium (July 5)
•    18 – USA v Serbia (June 14)
•    18 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
•    17 – Russia v USA (June 27)
•    17 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
•    17 – Canada v Australia (June 20)
•    17 – Spain v Slovakia (June 15)
•    17 – Turkey v Tunisia (June 8)
•    17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
•    16 – Germany v Japan (June 28)
•    16 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
•    16 – Spain v Puerto Rico (June 8)
•    16 – Italy v Poland (June 8)
•    16 – Turkey v Mexico (June 7)
•    16 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 5)
•    16 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)

Top Serving Performances
•    7 – Mikko Oivanen (Finland) v Belgium (June 22)
•    6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz (Netherlands) v Portugal (June 21)
•    6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
•    5 - Lubos Kostolani (Slovakia) v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
•    5 – Yuan Zhi (China) v Cuba (June 28)
•    5 – Valdir Sequeira (Portugal) v Netherlands (June 21)
•    5 – Luiz Felipe Fonteles (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
•    5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)
•    5 – Nicolas Marechal (France) v Germany (June 15)

Top Serving Performances by Team
•    14 – Finland v Belgium (June 22)
•    12 - Slovakia v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
•    12 – Netherlands v Portugal (June 21)
•    11 – USA v Bulgaria (June 20)
•    11 – Bulgaria v Serbia (June 8)
•    11 – France v Germany (June 15)
•    10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
•    10 – Finland v Australia (June 15)

Highest Scorer by Round
•    Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
•    Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
•    Week 3: 32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8); Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
•    Week 4: 32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
•    Week 5: 31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
•    Week 6: 37 – Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
•    Week 7: 30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)
•    Week 8: 26 - Edgar Thomas of Australia v the Netherlands (July 11)
•    Week 9: 30 - Amir Ghafour of Iran v Russia (July 16)
 
Highest Set Score
•    Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
•    Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)
•    Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea, 31-33 (June 5); Turkey v Cuba, 31-33 (June 6); Belgium v Canada, 33-31 (June 8)
•    Week 4: USA v Serbia (June 13), China v Puerto Rico (June 15) 30-28
•    Week 5: Russia v Serbia (June 20) 37-35
•    Week 6: China v Slovakia (June 29) 39-37
•    Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) 29-27
•    Week 8: Australia v the Netherlands (July 11) 27-25
•    Week 9: Russia v Iran (July 16) 37-35

Highest Scoring Matches
•    Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
•    Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11) – 207 points
•    Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea (June 5) (31-33, 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 20-18) – 250 points
•    Week 4: Poland v Italy (June 13) (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-10) – 225 points
•    Week 5: Australia v Canada (June 20) (25-27, 20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) – 225 points
•    Week 6: Korea v Netherlands (June 28) (31-29, 16-25, 25-23, 30-32, 14-16) – 241 points
•    Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) (23-25, 29-27, 22-25, 25-23, 15-8) – 222 points
•    Week 8: France v Australia (July 12) (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 16-14) - 217 points
•    Week 9: Russia v Iran (July 16) (18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 35-37, 15-8) - 227 points

 

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