— From staff reports


The U.S. men's volleyball team, coached by former Orange Coast College standout Alan Knipe, rallied for a 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 Group B victory over Brazil, the top-ranked team in the world, on Thursday.

Former UC Irvine All-American middle blocker David Smith played for Team USA, which defeated Brazil in the 2008 gold medal match in Beijing. Smith did not accumulate any stats.

Former UCI All-American setter Brian Thornton did not play for the Americans.

The U.S. unit is now 2-0 in group play and can clinch the top spot in Group B with a victory over Russia on Saturday. Russia and Brazil have six points in the group standings, three off the pace of the Americans, for whom former UCI Coach John Speraw is an assistant.

— From staff reports


Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb and Corona del Mar resident Sean Rosenthal, who wrapped up the top spot in their group on Wednesday, learned Thursday that they are the No. 4 seed in the tournament that includes the final 16 teams.

Gibb and Rosenthal will face Serguey Prokopyev and Konstantin Semenov of Russia in the round of 16 on Saturday.

Should Gibb and Rosenthal advance to the semifinals, they would likely face the top-seeded Brazilian duo of Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti.

— From staff reports