The men’s volleyball semifinals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Thursday have been determined:
ROC (Russia) plays against Brazil – both won in three – and Argentina plays against France – both won in five.
Now the women are contesting the place in the Ariake Arena with the quarter-finals on Wednesday, including the USA, minus two starters with ankle injuries, against the Dominican Republic. This game begins at 1 p.m. local time, midnight Eastern on Tuesday in America.
The winner of this game will play against the winner of the previous game between Korea and Turkey.
Serbia will later face Italy and Brazil, the only undefeated team in the tournament, will play against ROC.
LADIES OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL
The US will have to do without Jordan Thompson, who led the team in kills before succumbing to an ankle sprain against ROC on Saturday. In the next game, in which the Americans beat Italy in a pentathlon, setter Jordyn Poulter sprained her ankle the same way and kicked a teammate.
In her place, Annie Drews took over and was outstanding, while Micha Hancock came into play as the setter.
Is there a backup setter just in case?
Libero Justine Wong-Orantes was a setter through high school and club (she won a national championship) before becoming a Libero in Nebraska.
Thompson is still the tournament’s sixth leading attacker with 66 kills. Her next closest teammate is Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, who is 49. Jordan Larson has 48.
The Dominican team includes Bethania De La Cruz, one of the stars of Athletes Unlimited volleyball last winter in Dallas. Jordan Larson was the AU MVP.
In the pool game, USA won Pool B by beating Argentina and China, beating Turkey by five, being defeated by ROC, and beating Italy by five.
The DR were defeated by Serbia, lost five times to Brazil, lost five times to Korea, defeated Kenya and beat Japan on four points to finish fourth in Pool A.
MEN’S OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL
The men’s action on Tuesday began predictably when ROC Canada and Brazil captured Japan.
But then Argentina struck five times to knock out Italy to get back to the Olympic semifinals for the first time since 1988.
And then France stunned Poland in five.
ROC beat Canada 25-21, 30-28, 25-22. ROC (5-1) got 12 kills each from Dmitry Volkov and Maxim Mkihaylov and nine from Egor Kliuka.
“Good serves were an important key for us,” said ROC coach Tuomas Sammlungvuo, whose team had eight aces.
“We waited for our chance to complete the second set. In the middle of the third we lost our game plan on the block and defense, but we made few mistakes in attack. We have shown strong teamwork on our side. “
Ryan Sclater led Canada (2-4) with 12 kills and Nicholas Hoag had nine.
Brazil (5-1) defeats Japan (3-3) 25-20, 25-22, 25-20. Brazil received 15 kills from Yoandy Hildago and 12 from Ricardo Souza.
Argentina (4-2) defeated Italy (4-2), the 2016 silver medalists in Rio, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 15-12. Facuno Conte led a balanced Argentine attack with 17 kills and two blocks. Ezequiel Palacios had 14 kills, two blocks and two aces, and Bruno Lima had 12 kills and two aces. Italian Osmany Juantorena had 19 kills and two blocks, and Alessandro Michieletto had 17 kills, two blocks and two aces.
France, which opened the tournament with a loss to the US, improved with their 21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9 win over Pool A winners Poland (4-2) to 3: 3. Jean Patry led with 19 kills and two blocks. Earvin Ngapeth had 16 kills and one block and Trevor Clevnot had 14 kills and two blocks. Antoine Brizard had four blocks and a kill.
Poland scored a total of 53 kills from Wilfredo Leon Venero and Bartosz Kurek. Venero had 28 kills and an ace while Kurek had 25 kills and a block.
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