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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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USA sweep Venezuela in straight sets to secure second round spot

USA overwhelmed Venezuela thanks to a solid effort in defence
Reggio Calabria, Italy, September 26, 2010 - USA saw off Venezuela in straight sets (25-19, 25-23, 25-19) in their second Pool D match at the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Reggio Calabria, Italy on Sunday.

USA showed improvement following their first match against Mexico in both attacking strategy and in defense. The brilliant opposite attacker Clayton Stanley was the top match scorer with 16 points but USA wing spiker Sean Rooney proved to be the at many critical moments of the match.

USA improved their win- loss ratio to 2-0 and secured a second round spot, while Venezuela dropped to 0-2. In the head to head matches USA improved the record to 10-1.

USA started the match more disciplined and succeeded to penetrate the defense of Venezuela, frequently using the backline spikers to take an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout. Clayton Stanley did his usual job using his efficient spike service that caused disturbance in Venezuela's defense and USA stayed ahead 16-11 at the STT. The opposite spiker Carlos Tejeda started to do a good job in spiking from position two to narrow the point deficit but USA had the upper hand in the net action to finish the set 25-19.

Venezuela tried to come back as substitute Luis Arias and setter Rodan Valera combined but the USA replied by deploying their block that allowed them to lead 16-13 before Venezuela narrowed the point deficit and stole the lead at 20-18. Stanley replied with his spike service and scored the critical points of the set to win 25-23.

USA's strategy shifted to attack through the middle blockers and quick attacks from Maxwell Holt and David Lee as they succeeded to deceive the opposition block, taking a 16-10 lead. Venezuela fought back thanks to setter Valera to decrease the gap but Stanley helped drive his side ahead once again as they picked up the 25-19 and the match 3-0.


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