US Men's Volleyball Improves to 2-0 in London Olympics

Jul 31, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes on July 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Updated: July 31, 2012 2:20 pm

The U.S. men’s volleyball team continued its strong early run at the London Olympics with a quick three-set sweep over Germany Tuesday.

The Americans made quick of the Germans in an 89-minute 25-23, 25-26, 25-20 victory.

Team USA has not lost a set yet and plays No. 1 Brazil on Thursday. The two teams last met in the World Cup in November, where the Brazilians prevailed in four sets.

Former Cougars Russell Holmes and Rich Lambourne continued their contribution to the U.S. team as the starting middle blocker and designated libero, respectively

Clay Stanley led the way by scoring 16 points and Matt Anderson added 15 in the defending Olympic champions’ win. The Germans were led by Georg Grozer with 12.

Holmes and David Lee combined for seven kill blocks as U.S. coach Alan Knipe praised the blocking defense immediately in his post-match comments for the second straight time.

Team USA, ranked fifth in the world, improved to 2-0 with six points in Pool B. The Americans continue Pool B on Thursday against Brazil at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Team USA, with three Olympic Games titles to its credit, has now won 10 straight matches in Olympic Games competition.

 

Pool A:
Bulgaria (6 points, 2-0)
Argentina (3 points, 1-1)
Poland (3 points, 1-1)
Italy (3 points 1-1)
Australia (0 points, 0-1)
Great Britain (0 points, 0-1)

Pool B
USA (6 points, 2-0)
Brazil (3 points, 1-0)
Russia (3 points, 1-0)
Serbia (3 points, 1-1)
Germany (0 points, 0-2)
Tunisia (0 points, 0-2)