US men fall short vs. Brazil at world championships


Stanford sophomore Eric Mochalski recorded seven points but the U.S. men's junior national volleyball team fell to two-time defending champion Brazil, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, in a match that last nearly two hours Tuesday at the FIVB Junior World Championship held at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Americans defeated Bulgaria on Monday and conclude first-round play Wednesday with a match against Japan.

Taylor Sander, who hails from Norco, home to former Stanford football great Toby Gerhart, led the U.S. with 20 points on 17 kills and three blocks. Maurice Torres added 19 points with 18 kills on and an ace. Mochalski had six kills on 12 attacks and an ace.

"Brazil showed a lot of character," U.S. coach John Hawks said. "It is not easy to recover from a defeat as the one the team had against Japan. Our receiving was off and that killed us. I believe that 80 percent of our game depends on receiving."

Cardinal sophomore Brian Cook subbed into the second set

Beach volleyball

The U.S. women's beach volleyball team of Angie Akers and Nicole Branagh advanced to the main draw at the $600,000 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour A1 Grand Slam presented by Volksbank in Klagenfurt, Austria with a win over Latvia's 17th-seeded team on Tuesday.

Eight women's beach teams survived the single-elimination qualification rounds to complete the 32-team main draw. Round-robin pool play opens Wednesday, with semifinals and finals to follow on Saturday.

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh and teammate Misty May-Treanor will compete in Pool D with Sophie van Gestel and Madelein Meppelink from the Netherlands, Katrien Gielen and Liesbeth Mouha of Belgium and the 13th-seeds from Germany, Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler.

Stanford grad Matthew Fuerbringer and teammate Nick Lucena are in the men's main draw.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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