Errors plague U.S. in semifinals loss to Brazil

Errors ended the U.S. run at a FIVB World League championship.

The United States had double the amount of errors compared to Brazil as it lost 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 in the World League semifinals on Friday in Curitiba, Brazil.

The United States (5-7) compiled a Final Round-high 38 errors — 19 fewer than Brazil — in the road match played in front of 9,582 people at Arena da Baixada. Among those U.S. errors included 20 service errors for the team’s third consecutive Final Round match with at least 20 service errors.

Despite the service errors, the United States had a Final Round-best six aces against Brazil (9-3). Both outside attacker Taylor Sander and opposite Ben Patch led all players with two aces.

Sander in the loss had a match-high 18 kills on a 58.06 percent offensive efficiency. This was the fifth consecutive World League match with double-digit kills for Sander, who entered the Final Round in the tournament’s top five for kills.

Former Loyola All-American outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke also contributed 11 kills. Sander and Jaeschke, though, were the only U.S. players to have more than eight kills.

This was the first match in the Final Round that an opponent had a better offensive efficiency than the United States.

Setter Bruno Mossa Rezende guided the Brazil to a 51.52 percent offensive efficiency, while the setter Micah Christenson and the United States had a 47.01 percent offensive efficiency.

Brazil had three players finish with double-digit kills as the team reached the World League championship match for the second consecutive year.

Opposite Wllace De Souze had a team-high 16 kills against the United States. In addition, middle attacker Lucas Saatkamp added 11 kills on a match-high 61.11 percent offensive efficiency.

Christenson along with his offensive performance led the United States defensively with 10 digs.

With this loss, the United States will play in the bronze-medal match on Sunday against the loser of the other semifinal match between France and Canada. A third-place finish would secure the third World League medal for the United States in the last four years.