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Who won US vs Italy volleyball?

Top setter Jordyn Poulter rolled her right ankle in the third set during the top-ranked Americans' 21-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16, 15-12 win over sixth-ranked Italy to conclude pool play at Ariake Arena in Tokyo. The U.S. finished 4-1 in Pool B, while Italy is 3-2. TeamUSA.orgUS Women's Volleyball Team Closes Out Pool Play With Win Over Italy

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US Women's Volleyball Overcomes Jordyn Poulter Injury to beat Italy – NBC10 Philadelphia. NBC 10 PhiladelphiaUS Women's Volleyball Overcomes Jordyn Poulter Injury to Beat Italy

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USA's Speraw: "I hope this team has an opportunity to regroup and give it another shot"

Volleyball Magazine 01 August, 2021 - 04:00pm

The Tokyo Olympics men’s volleyball quarterfinals are set and for the first time since Sydney in 2000, the USA is on the outside looking in.

The four matches Tuesday have Canada vs. ROC, Japan vs. Brazil, Italy vs. Argentina, and Poland vs. France.

USA coach John Speraw teared up when talking to NBC’s Heather Cox after his team was swept by Argentina and ousted from the tournament.

“It’s hard. It’s been a tough year,” Speraw said as he completed his second Olympiad. “A tough 18 months, and to get here, gosh, I wish we played better volleyball but we didn’t. They played hard at the end and that’s what I told them.

“It just wasn’t meant to be.”

“We didn’t pass the ball very well, and I haven’t worried about passing with this team in years,” said Speraw, who took over as the national-team head coach in 2013 after he left UC Irvine to coach at his alma mater, UCLA. “I don’t know. Obviously our serving wasn’t great and serving and passing are the two most important things in winning volleyball matches. We all know that and this was not a great tournament for us in those regards.

“Two matches in a row we gave up too many aces and too many opportunities. At this moment I don’t have an explanation for it. We’ll just have to go back and reflect and try to do better next time.”

While the USA had one ace and 14 service errors, Argentina has seven aces with 11 errors.

“They passed the ball really well, and they are good at creating solutions out of nothing,” USA setter Micah Christenson said. “Their attackers are pretty special. So it was hard to get another run and even when we did, they stick close.”

The Americans swept France in their first match on July 24, but then lost in four to ROC 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23 in a match with clearly the smallest of margins. They went four to beat winless Tunisia, and then lost to Brazil 30-32, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.

“It’s heartbreaking. We worked really hard for this, delayed another year to work as hard as we could for this, and this isn’t the way we wanted to finish,” Christenson said. 

“Just a lot of work, a lot of hard times, and beautiful times but all leading up to this. It’s not what we wanted to get, not how we wanted it. We had a goal to achieve so it hurts.”

This team had two three-time Olympians in opposite Matt Anderson and middle David Smith, and six second-timers in Christenson, the other setter Kawika Shoji, middle Max Holt, libero Erik Shoji, and outsides Thomas Jaeschke and Taylor Sander.

There were four newcomers in opposite Kyle Ensing, outsides TJ DeFalco and Garrett Muagututia, and middle Mitch Stahl. 

The Americans went 8-7 and finished seventh in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in June, the last international tournament before the Olympics. 

“For me it was just trying to do the best job we could with the circumstances that we had. And we obviously had lots of challenges in lots of way and lots of people have had it worse,” Speraw said. 

“So we were just grateful to have the opportunity to come out here and compete. We really wanted to come here and win. This is a team that has been here before and learned a lot from its previous experience, we thought we had a good opportunity. 

“I felt like if we won this match we could have medaled in this tournament. This pool was unforgiving and when you play in the toughest pool it’s hard. We started off great. 

“I just hope this team has an opportunity to regroup and give it another shot. They deserve it and they’re a great group of guys. It’s a great team to coach and I feel terrible for them.”

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USA's Speraw: "I hope this team has an opportunity to regroup and give it another shot"

TeamUSA.org 01 August, 2021 - 04:00pm

The Tokyo Olympics men’s volleyball quarterfinals are set and for the first time since Sydney in 2000, the USA is on the outside looking in.

The four matches Tuesday have Canada vs. ROC, Japan vs. Brazil, Italy vs. Argentina, and Poland vs. France.

USA coach John Speraw teared up when talking to NBC’s Heather Cox after his team was swept by Argentina and ousted from the tournament.

“It’s hard. It’s been a tough year,” Speraw said as he completed his second Olympiad. “A tough 18 months, and to get here, gosh, I wish we played better volleyball but we didn’t. They played hard at the end and that’s what I told them.

“It just wasn’t meant to be.”

“We didn’t pass the ball very well, and I haven’t worried about passing with this team in years,” said Speraw, who took over as the national-team head coach in 2013 after he left UC Irvine to coach at his alma mater, UCLA. “I don’t know. Obviously our serving wasn’t great and serving and passing are the two most important things in winning volleyball matches. We all know that and this was not a great tournament for us in those regards.

“Two matches in a row we gave up too many aces and too many opportunities. At this moment I don’t have an explanation for it. We’ll just have to go back and reflect and try to do better next time.”

While the USA had one ace and 14 service errors, Argentina has seven aces with 11 errors.

“They passed the ball really well, and they are good at creating solutions out of nothing,” USA setter Micah Christenson said. “Their attackers are pretty special. So it was hard to get another run and even when we did, they stick close.”

The Americans swept France in their first match on July 24, but then lost in four to ROC 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23 in a match with clearly the smallest of margins. They went four to beat winless Tunisia, and then lost to Brazil 30-32, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.

“It’s heartbreaking. We worked really hard for this, delayed another year to work as hard as we could for this, and this isn’t the way we wanted to finish,” Christenson said. 

“Just a lot of work, a lot of hard times, and beautiful times but all leading up to this. It’s not what we wanted to get, not how we wanted it. We had a goal to achieve so it hurts.”

This team had two three-time Olympians in opposite Matt Anderson and middle David Smith, and six second-timers in Christenson, the other setter Kawika Shoji, middle Max Holt, libero Erik Shoji, and outsides Thomas Jaeschke and Taylor Sander.

There were four newcomers in opposite Kyle Ensing, outsides TJ DeFalco and Garrett Muagututia, and middle Mitch Stahl. 

The Americans went 8-7 and finished seventh in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in June, the last international tournament before the Olympics. 

“For me it was just trying to do the best job we could with the circumstances that we had. And we obviously had lots of challenges in lots of way and lots of people have had it worse,” Speraw said. 

“So we were just grateful to have the opportunity to come out here and compete. We really wanted to come here and win. This is a team that has been here before and learned a lot from its previous experience, we thought we had a good opportunity. 

“I felt like if we won this match we could have medaled in this tournament. This pool was unforgiving and when you play in the toughest pool it’s hard. We started off great. 

“I just hope this team has an opportunity to regroup and give it another shot. They deserve it and they’re a great group of guys. It’s a great team to coach and I feel terrible for them.”

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USA's Speraw: "I hope this team has an opportunity to regroup and give it another shot"

South China Morning Post 01 August, 2021 - 04:00pm

The Tokyo Olympics men’s volleyball quarterfinals are set and for the first time since Sydney in 2000, the USA is on the outside looking in.

The four matches Tuesday have Canada vs. ROC, Japan vs. Brazil, Italy vs. Argentina, and Poland vs. France.

USA coach John Speraw teared up when talking to NBC’s Heather Cox after his team was swept by Argentina and ousted from the tournament.

“It’s hard. It’s been a tough year,” Speraw said as he completed his second Olympiad. “A tough 18 months, and to get here, gosh, I wish we played better volleyball but we didn’t. They played hard at the end and that’s what I told them.

“It just wasn’t meant to be.”

“We didn’t pass the ball very well, and I haven’t worried about passing with this team in years,” said Speraw, who took over as the national-team head coach in 2013 after he left UC Irvine to coach at his alma mater, UCLA. “I don’t know. Obviously our serving wasn’t great and serving and passing are the two most important things in winning volleyball matches. We all know that and this was not a great tournament for us in those regards.

“Two matches in a row we gave up too many aces and too many opportunities. At this moment I don’t have an explanation for it. We’ll just have to go back and reflect and try to do better next time.”

While the USA had one ace and 14 service errors, Argentina has seven aces with 11 errors.

“They passed the ball really well, and they are good at creating solutions out of nothing,” USA setter Micah Christenson said. “Their attackers are pretty special. So it was hard to get another run and even when we did, they stick close.”

The Americans swept France in their first match on July 24, but then lost in four to ROC 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23 in a match with clearly the smallest of margins. They went four to beat winless Tunisia, and then lost to Brazil 30-32, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.

“It’s heartbreaking. We worked really hard for this, delayed another year to work as hard as we could for this, and this isn’t the way we wanted to finish,” Christenson said. 

“Just a lot of work, a lot of hard times, and beautiful times but all leading up to this. It’s not what we wanted to get, not how we wanted it. We had a goal to achieve so it hurts.”

This team had two three-time Olympians in opposite Matt Anderson and middle David Smith, and six second-timers in Christenson, the other setter Kawika Shoji, middle Max Holt, libero Erik Shoji, and outsides Thomas Jaeschke and Taylor Sander.

There were four newcomers in opposite Kyle Ensing, outsides TJ DeFalco and Garrett Muagututia, and middle Mitch Stahl. 

The Americans went 8-7 and finished seventh in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in June, the last international tournament before the Olympics. 

“For me it was just trying to do the best job we could with the circumstances that we had. And we obviously had lots of challenges in lots of way and lots of people have had it worse,” Speraw said. 

“So we were just grateful to have the opportunity to come out here and compete. We really wanted to come here and win. This is a team that has been here before and learned a lot from its previous experience, we thought we had a good opportunity. 

“I felt like if we won this match we could have medaled in this tournament. This pool was unforgiving and when you play in the toughest pool it’s hard. We started off great. 

“I just hope this team has an opportunity to regroup and give it another shot. They deserve it and they’re a great group of guys. It’s a great team to coach and I feel terrible for them.”

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U.S. men's volleyball handed early Olympic exit

ESPN 01 August, 2021 - 11:10am

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TOKYO -- Micah Christenson gave coach John Speraw a long, tearful embrace as his U.S. men's volleyball teammates slumped on the floor and the victorious Argentinians celebrated.

Instead of building on the bronze medal won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, the Americans are going home early from the Olympics for the first time in more than 20 years.

"It's heartbreaking," Christenson said after the straight-set loss to Argentina on Sunday night denied the U.S. a spot in the quarterfinals.

"We worked really hard for this. We delayed another year to work as hard as we could for this. This isn't the way we wanted to finish plain and simple. It's heartbreaking."

The Americans won two of their first three matches in Tokyo before losing to Brazil and Argentina to fall to fifth place in Pool B and miss out on the quarterfinals for the first time since losing all five matches in Sydney 21 years ago.

The U.S. brought eight players back from the team that won bronze in 2016, but never got back into top form following the long break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Americans struggled in a tune-up tournament in Italy, and that didn't change in Tokyo. They started off well by sweeping France in the opener but lost three of their last four matches.

"It's next to impossible to process it right now," said Matt Anderson after his third Olympics. "It will be a hard couple of weeks after this tournament thinking about it. I think that's part of our process as athletes and what we're forced to do when something means this much to you. It's going to hurt. It takes time to process that and move on."

Argentina battled back after losing the first two matches of the Olympics to advance as the third-place team in Pool B with three straight wins. Argentina will play Italy in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Argentina took advantage of the Americans faulting on five of their final six serves late in the third set to close out the match. Christenson's serve into the net at 23-all gave Argentina match point. The match ended when Taylor Sander's block went wide.

The errant serves were a recurring problem all Olympics as the U.S. had the most serve errors with 97, including several at key moments late in sets.

"It makes me wonder if they were just trying to do too much in that moment," Speraw said.

The U.S. was fighting uphill nearly all game. Argentina was the better serving team early, getting three aces from Facundo Conte in the opening set to pull it out 25-21.

The U.S. scored five straight points to go up 21-19 in the second set but couldn't close it out. Bruno Lima's spike after a long rally gave the Argentina a set point and it closed it out on a block by Martin Ramos against TJ DeFalco.

The U.S. then couldn't close out the third set and now heads home early.

"This team is a great team," Speraw said. "I honestly just feel like we could go win the world championships next year. It's obviously not worth thinking about right now, but we're just going to have to learn and gain from this experience. It's all you can do right now."

Earlier in the day, France forced Brazil into five sets before losing 20-18 in the fifth. But by gaining one point in the match thanks in part to an epic 39-37 win in the second set, the French clinched a spot in the quarterfinals as the fourth-place team in Pool B.

The Russian Olympic Committee team took first place in the pool ahead of Brazil after sweeping Tunisia.

The other quarterfinal spot was decided when host Japan beat Iran in five sets to claim third place in Pool A. Japan will play Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Poland swept Canada to improve to 4-1 in the tournament and win the pool, earning a matchup against France on Tuesday.

The Canadians still advanced as the fourth-place team in the pool and will play the Russians in the quarters. Italy swept Tunisia to finish second in Pool A.

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