Volleyball: USA One Win Away From Gold

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USA women’s indoor volleyball downed Serbia in straight sets. For the fourth time, USA volleyball is going to the gold medal game where they hope to win their first gold medal in program history.

Set One

Serbia took a timeout with the US taking a 4-2 lead. This was a rematch from Rio where Serbia won and knocked out the US. The set was back and forth to start as Serbia brings elite talent and a rich history of dominance in the sport. Annie Drews made the most of starting opportunities and added a scoring punch to the US team. The US pulled ahead with a 16-10 lead and forced Serbia’s hand as they took a timeout. The US kept rolling as they collected four ace serves in the set. Serbia survived three set points and the lead to the US taking a timeout. The US finally took the set 25-19.

Set Two

Serbia came out aggressive. The US kept playing well and Serbia took a timeout trailing 11-7. Serbia continued to trial but kept up with the US. The middle blockers were adding to the offense and keeping Serbia on their toes. The US dominated the second set 25- 15. The set was capped off by a Foluke Akinradewo block.

Set Three

Drews got out to another good start and that included an ace serve, the fifth for the team. The US looked sharp to get things started. Serbia roared back and closed the gap to 9-8. That continued as they continued to get back into it. The US middle blockers continued to stay hot. Serbia called a timeout as they trailed 16-13 and another as they trailed 19-15. Serbia ran out of challenges as the US continued to try to take the win and run.

The US took a timeout as they seemed a little out of sorts. Akinradewo came out clutch again as she had another key block, the 12th by the Americans in the match. The US took a timeout with a second match point opportunity 24-23 to get organized. The US took it out of the timeout due to a hitting error by Serbia to win the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.

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