American volleyball players had a rough time of it against Brazil on Wednesday.
The United States women's national team lost to Brazil, 25-19, 25-12, 25-10, on opening day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round match Wednesday afternoon at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center in Sapporo, Japan.
The U.S. men's junior national team lost its chance to finish in the top eight at the FIVB Volleyball Men's Under-21 World Championship on Wednesday, falling to Brazil, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, in Izmir, Turkey.
The American women, who are seeking to become the first squad to win the premier annual women's international volleyball tournament a fourth consecutive year, continues the round-robin Final Round format against Serbia on Thursday.
Nicole Fawcett led the U.S. in scoring with seven kills, two blocks and an ace for 10 points. Stanford grad Kristin Richards Hildebrand added four kills and a block for five points. Hildebrand also had a team-high eight digs.
U.S.coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand at outside hitter, while Stanford grad Cassidy Lichtman was a sub in the first and third sets.
The U.S. has lost twice in 18 matches on the year, and both of them have been to Brazil. The first one occurred during the first week of the Grand Prix preliminary rounds.
The American men (2-3) will compete for ninth-16th place and will face Egypt (1-4) on Friday.
"We tried to play little too fast and we took too many chances," U.S. coach Pete Hanson said. "But we weren't successful. Brazil gained the momentum. They are a well-coached team and played very disciplined at the net."
The U.S. converted 50 percent of its attacks to points, while Brazil converted 54.37 percent. Brazil had the advantage in blocks (11-4) and aces (6-2), and the teams were tied in errors with 25 apiece.
Stanford sophomore James Shaw subbed into every set for the Americans.