Italy outdueled USA in a well fought match, 28-26, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23, in Pool A of the men’s volleyball tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Tuesday.
It was the second victory for Italy in as many outings while USA was pushed against the ropes in the difficult group with their second defeat.
USA saved a set-point at 23-24 with a spike by Russell right after a big serve from Anderson. At 26-26, Holt crashed his serve and then Russell committed foot-fault in his attack from the back court for the 28-26 result in favor of Italy.
One key block by Holt against Zaytsev and the ace by Anderson gave USA a comfortable 20-16 lead in the second set. Russell closed the set 25-20 with a spike from back court.
At 18-18 in the third set Sander missed with his spike and Juantorena blocked Lee for a two-point advantage of Italy. The actions closed 25-23 for Italy with Lanza’s spike that barely touched a fingertip of Lee.
USA came erased a two-point deficit to tie the fourth set 23-23 with spikes by Russell and Anderson, but Anderson netted his serve and Filippo Lanza scored with his spike for the 25-23 score in favor of Italy.
Hope Solo let a free kick get through her legs early and then gave up a goal in the 90th minute, allowing Colombia to tie Team USA, 2-2, Tuesday in Olympic action.
The draw was enough for the Americans (1-0-1, 16-0-2) to win their group and advance into the next round.
Mallory Pugh and Crystal Dunn scored for Team USA. Carli Lloyd had an assist on Dunn's goal.
Stanford grads Christen Press and Kelley O'Hara each played the full 90 minutes. Press had four shots, one on goal.
In another game, New Zealand, which features Cardinal grad Ali Riley, dropped a 3-0 decision to France.
East Palo Alto resident Folau Niua was one of five players to record a try in the Americans' 26-0 victory over Brazil as The United States Olympic men's rugby team split a pair of games on its opening day in Rio.
Argentina scored in the final seconds to edge Team USA, 17-14, in the opener.
The Americans fell behind, 12-0, and then stormed back to open a 14-12 advantage with less than 90 seconds remaining to play.
Matias Moroni recorded a try at the 7:00 mark to give Argentina the win.
Stanford grad Chierika Ukogo ended her Olympic medal run in the quarterfinals of the single sculls on Tuesday at Lagoa Stadium.
Ukogu, who became the first rower to represent Nigeria in the Olympics, finished 18th overall at 7:54.44.
Okogu will compete in the semifinal C/D 1 on Wednesday.
Castilleja and Stanford grad Marion Lepert finished 13th in the RS:X women's race.
Lepert opened in 18th and was up to 10th after the third race. She finished with a total time of 26:33.
Winner Flavia Tartaglini, of Italy, had a total time of 23:48.