July 21, 2014
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State alumni David Lee and Paul Lotman helped the fourth-ranked U.S. Men's National Team defeat world No. 1 Brazil to clinch the FIVB World League gold medal Sunday in Florence, Italy.
The U.S. topped Brazil in a thrilling 3-1 victory (31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23). Lee, who had seven blocks in the finals, was named the tournament's Best Blocker.
"It's unbelievable, I am at a loss for words," Lee said in a USA Volleyball press release. "I'm feeling fantastic. We are a great team and our players are very young."
Lee, a two-time Olympian, led all players in the final round with 0.93 blocks per set. He also totaled 23 kills and five aces. During his time at The Beach, Lee (2001-04) was a two-time All-MPSF selection and 2004 AVCA first-team All-American.
Lotman, who was a key substitute for Team USA, had 10 kills, three blocks and four aces in the Intercontinental Round. While at LBSU, Lotman (2005-08) was the 2008 AVCA National Player of the Year, while he also garnered first-team All-America and All-MPSF honors. Both Lee and Lotman led LBSU to the NCAA tournament during their respective senior seasons.
This is the second FIVB World League gold medal for the U.S. men and first since 2008. The United States joins Brazil (9), Italy (8) and Russia (3) as the only four countries to win more than one World League title. The U.S. also took second in 2012, under the direction of LBSU head coach Alan Knipe.
The Americans secured their spot in the FIVB World League finals by finishing first in Pool B of the Intercontinental Round with a 9-3 match record and 24 points.
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