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Men's volleyball: Team USA comeback bid stopped by ROC

Men's volleyball: Team USA comeback bid stopped by ROC
Posted at 9:34 PM, Jul 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 00:52:05-04

The Russian Olympic Committee's team improved to 2-0 in men's volleyball when it held back a spirited Team USA comeback on Monday.

The United States, led by Matt Anderson, entered the match off a 3-0 defeat of France but found itself down 2-0 after 25-23 and 27-25 sets.

The Americans snapped into the match with a spirited 25-21 win in the third set and looked set to force a fifth when it opened up a 19-15 lead on the ROC in the fourth.

But the Russian Olympic Committee's team rallied to get 10 of the next 14 points available and claimed a 25-23 win.

Taylor Sander joined Anderson in leading the Americans with 14 points won each, but Russia had three players in double digits: Dmitry Volkov, Egor Kliuka, and Maxim Mikhaylov.

The Americans will next face Tunisia before matches with Brazil and Argentina.