The United States men's senior national team suffered its first loss of the FIVB World League, dropping a match to host and world No. 1 Brazil, 25-19, 25-15, 22-25, 25-22, Saturday at Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The Americans (2-1) move to their next World League stop in Rome where they will play Belgium on Friday, Australia on Saturday and Italy next Sunday. Brazil finished the weekend unbeaten in three matches.
The U.S. struggled in the first two sets before coming back in the third to win, 25-22.
The U.S. also led 19-16 in the fourth set, but Brazil came back strong before a large home crowd of 9,573 and took the victory.
To add to the U.S. woes, starting middle blocker Max Holt rolled his ankle in the third set and had to leave the match. Before having to leave he had scored nine points on six kills, two blocks and an ace. He was replaced by David Smith.
U.S. opposite Matt Anderson led all scorers with 19 points with a match-high 17 kills, one block and one ace. Outside hitter Taylor Sander was the only other U.S. player in double figures with 11 points on 11 kills. Middle blocker David Lee finished with a team-high four blocks.
Outside hitter Reid Priddy replaced starter Aaron Russell in the second set and gave the team a boost with his consistent serving and passing. He was also a force at the net with five kills and two blocks.
The South Americans had a .327 hitting efficiency while the U.S. hit .257 behind starting setter Micah Christenson and backup Kawika Shoji, who set part of the second set.