ANAHEIM, Calif. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team lost to top-ranked Brazil 25-17, 25-16, 25-27, 25-19 Sunday afternoon in the gold-medal match of the 2009 Final Four Intercontinental Cup being staged at Lima, Peru.
The U.S., ranked second in the world, finishes the tournament with the silver medal, while Brazil staked claim to the gold medal. Earlier today, Dominican Republic defeated host Peru 25-17, 25-21, 27-25 in the bronze medal match.
Brazil led 8-3 and 17-11 in the first set, but needed to answer two comebacks from the USA before scoring seven of the final eight points to win 25-17. Brazil jumped to an 11-5 lead in the second set and pushed its lead to 19-9 en route to a 25-16 victory in which the USA scored consecutive points just twice in the set. Team USA led most of the third set, but Brazil came back from a 20-17 deficit and gained two match points before the Americans rallied to win 27-25. Brazil scored two 5-0 runs and added a 4-0 spurt to take a 21-11 lead in the fourth set as it picked up the 25-19 victory.
Team USA advanced to the gold-medal match by defeating NORCECA rival Dominican Republic in four sets during the semifinals on Saturday evening. Brazil reached the finals by defeating South American rival Peru in three sets in the second semifinal on Saturday.
The U.S. opened the tournament with a five-set loss to Brazil on Sept. 9. Since the two countries met in the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal match in which Brazil won in four sets, Brazil has won all three meetings in 2009.
Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) paced the U.S. attack with 19 points including 12 kills on 21 attacks with one error and a team-high six blocks. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) each contributed 11 points in the match, while Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) tacked on 10 points with six kills on 10 swings and four blocks. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) added six points, followed by Angie Pressey's (Lake Mary, Fla.) four points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Jane Collymore (Seattle, Wash.) each recorded three points.
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