USA men’s volleyball can’t right the ship in another tough loss

USA men's volleyball can't right the ship

Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony
The Parade of Nations begins, with Greece entering first and Brazil entering last.

Following a disappointing three-set sweep at the hands of Canada in the Rio opener Sunday, Team USA men’s volleyball needed a strong showing against Italy Tuesday afternoon.

They got it, but Italy was just a little bit better, taking three of four sets in a closely-contested match.

The same issues plagued U.S. to start the match, as service and unforced errors handed Italy too many points early on.

The two teams battled to 26-all in the first set before USA’s Max Holt went long on a serve and then a back-row violation on Aaron Russell handed Italy the victory.

USA finally won its first set, a 25-20 showing over Italy.

But that was about all the celebrating a young U.S. team had on the afternoon as Italy held on for a victory in the third set as a challenge that went in their favor clinched it.

Italy also took home the fourth set by a 25-23 score to send USA home without a point in two matches.

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