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Stanley leads U.S. against Brazil

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LONDON » Captain Clay Stanley, of Kaiser and UH, scored 19 points and the U.S. men’s volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 at the London Olympics on Thursday in a preliminary-round rematch of the Beijing final.

The 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory extends the U.S. team’s Olympic winning streak to 11 matches, dating to Beijing.

The fifth-ranked U.S. team dropped the first set but rebounded to win the next two at London’s Earls Court, where the Brazilian fans far outnumbered their U.S. counterparts.

On a roll, the team went up 17-10 in the fourth on Russell Holmes’ block. Reid Priddy spiked for match point.

Priddy finished with 17 points. Leandro Vissotto Neves led No. 1 Brazil with 15.

The United States pulled away 23-18 in the third set when Murilo Endres’ kill went long. The team won it when Brazil’s blockers couldn’t stop Matt Anderson’s smash.

The United States and Brazil are in a difficult pool in London, joining Russia, Serbia, Germany and Tunisia.

 

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