The National Men’s Volleyball team of the United States of America continues their winning streak in the preliminary round in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The USA team took their second straight win after defeating France in four exciting and thrilling sets by the score 25-22, 25-22, 14-25 and 25-22.
Team USA dropped their first two matches against Canada and Italy. They lose to the Canadians in straight sets while in the Italians defeated them in four sets. The USA got their first ever win in the tournament after upsetting the reigning 2012 London Olympics silver medalist, Brazil, in four hard fought sets.
The ever reliable and veteran opposite hitter Matt Anderson led the American team with 18 points, 14 from attacks, 3 blocks and 1 service ace. The newcomers in an Olympic stage, Aaron Russell and Taylor Sander also helped the team with 18 points and 13 points apiece.
On the other side of the court, France unable to defeat the USA despite having 8 more attacks and one more service aces. Their faulty errors also caused them to lose this game.
Antonin Rouzier led the French team who scores a total of 25 points, 21 from attacks, 3 blocks and a service ace. Earvin Ngapeth also helped the team with 21 points.
Meanwhile, Canada defeated Mexico in straight sets by the score 25-20, 25-13 and 25-22. Aside from their great attacks, the Canadians dominated the blocking and service department by having 8 blocks and 5 service aces as compared to 4 blocks and 1 service ace of the Mexicans.
Gavin Schmitt and Graham Vigrass led the Canada team who scored a total of 11 points and 15 points apiece.
The team USA will face Mexico for their last game in Pool A in the preliminary round of the Men’s Volleyball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Canada, on the other side, will face the undefeated Italy, also for their last game in Pool A.
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