The Men’s and Women’s Volleyball team of the United States of America won Olympic bronze medals after defeating their respective opponents in the volleyball tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The women’s team survived against a very scrappy and talented Netherlands team. Despite dropping the second set, the Americans managed to win the next two sets to win the Olympic bronze medal. The USA defeated Netherlands in four sets by the score of 25-23, 25-27, 25-22 and 25-19.
Despite Netherlands getting more attacks, 57 to 56, the FIVB world ranked number 1 USA dominated the blocking and service department scoring with 13 blocks and 10 service aces as compared to six blocks and six aces of the Dutch team.
The newcomer and young talented American outside hitter, Kimberly Hill led the team with the score of 19 points, 13 from attacks, 2 blocks and 4 service aces. Hill had a bad game scoring only 1 point against the Serbian team during the semifinal match.
Veteran players Foluke Akinradewo, Rachel Adams, and Jordan Larson-Burbach, also helped the team with 16 points, 15 points and 15 points, respectively.
On the other side of the court, Dutch veterans opposite hitter Lonneke Sloetjes and Anne Buijs led the team with both 15 points apiece. Celeste Plak, who only seen action in this game, also helped the team with 11 points.
Meanwhile, the men’s volleyball team also survived the Russian team. The Americans dropped the first two sets of the match but managed to reorganize and regroup to win the next three set to snatch away the Olympic bronze medal from the Russians.
The USA defeated the Russian Federation team in five thrilling and hard fought sets by the score of 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19 and 15
Despite having 32 errors, the Americans compensated this with their impressive attacks wherein they got 72 attacks compared to only 52 of the Russians. They also got eight blocks and eight service aces against the Russia’s 12 blocks and 5 service aces. The Russians got 21 errors throughout the match,
Matt Anderson led the scoring of the USA team with 21 points, 18 from attacks, 2 blocks and 1 service ace. William Reid Priddy, Taylor Sander and David Lee also helped the team with 18, 17 and 11 points, respectively.
In the Russian side, Egor Kliuka, Kostyantyn Bakun and Artem Volvich who all scored 14 points each, was not enough to win this game. Alexander Volkov also helped the team with 10 points.
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