APTOPIX Brazil Volleyball World League
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William Priddy spikes the ball during a World League Volleyball semifinal match against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Team USA won 3-0.
Associated Press Sports
updated 7/26/2008 3:12:24 PM ET 2008-07-26T19:12:24

The United States upset five-time defending champion Brazil 25-23, 25-22, 27-25 Saturday to reach a World League volleyball final against Serbia.

Clayton Stanley had three aces to lead the U.S. with 16 points, while Brazil's Dante Guimaraes Amaral picked up 17.

Serbia advanced by beating Russia 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 behind 22 points from Ivan Miljkovic.

The last time Brazil failed to win the World League title was in 2002, when it finished second.

"We made several of the same mistakes we have made in the past and in a match like this one they can make all the difference,'' Brazil's Andre Heller said. "There is no denying it, they were much better than us.''

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