The U.S. Olympic Men's Volleyball Team Defeats Serbia
Team USA celebrates after a set win.
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LONDON (July 29, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team opened its Olympic Games title defense with 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 win over Serbia Sunday afternoon in London as first-time Olympian Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) shined with 18 points.
Team USA, ranked fifth in the world, continues Pool B on Tuesday against Germany at 4:45 p.m. local time (8:45 a.m. PT).
The Americans raced to a 13-4 lead in the opening set on a 9-1 scoring run and cruised to a 25-16 victory. Team USA recovered from an early 5-1 deficit in the second set to tie it at 9-all, then used a 6-0 run with four blocks to erase a 19-17 deficit going on to win 25-22. Overall, the U.S. tallied nine blocks in the second set. Team USA started the third set with a 13-4 lead that included four blocks, but needed to hold off a furious Serbia charge to win 25-21.
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