Former Cougars help lift US men's volleyball

Aug 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes on August 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

In a rematch of the Beijing Olympic final, the US men’s national volleyball team topped top-ranked Brazil 3-1 in London Thursday.

After dropping its first set in three matches, the U.S. rallied back to win the next three for a 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory.

Team USA, ranked fifth in the world and the defending Olympic champion, improves to 3-0 with nine points as the only undefeated team left in Pool B. The Americans continue Pool B on Saturday against Russia at 4:45 p.m. local time (8:45 a.m. PT) before concluding preliminary action on Aug. 6 versus Tunisia at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Brazil falls to 2-1 with six points in Pool B.

Team USA, with three Olympic Games titles to its credit, has now won 11 straight matches in Olympic Games competition, including the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal match against Brazil.

Former Cougars Russell Holmes and Rich Lambourne contributed to the team’s win. Middle blocker Holmes pocketed seven kills on eight swings, one ace and one block for nine points while libero Lambourne handled eight digs.

For a complete match recap, click here

 

Standings
Pool A:

Bulgaria (9 points, 3-0)
Poland (6 points, 2-1)
Argentina (3 points, 1-2)
Italy (3 points 1-1)
Australia (3 points, 1-2)
Great Britain (0 points, 0-2)
Pool B:
USA (9 points, 3-0)
Brazil (6 points, 2-1)
Russia (6 points, 2-1)
Serbia (4 points, 1-2)
Germany (2 points, 1-2)
Tunisia (0 points, 0-3)