RIO DE JANEIRO – It’s official: No U.S. volleyball teams will compete for a gold medal at the Rio Olympics, marking the first time since 1992 that the Americans will leave the Games without a gold or silver medal in indoor or beach.
The men’s indoor volleyball team fell to Sunday’s bronze medal match after a 3-2 (30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9) loss to Italy, who finished first in their preliminary pool. The Americans will face either Russia or host Brazil for the bronze at the iconic Maracanãzinho arena.
The U.S. suffered disappointment in volleyball’s other three tournaments in Rio as well. The No. 1 in the world women’s indoor team was shocked by Serbia in the semifinals and will play for bronze on Saturday. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won bronze in beach volleyball after a semifinal loss. The men’s beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena lost in the quarterfinals toRead More »from U.S. volleyball shut out of gold medal matches after men’s loss