US men’s volleyball eliminated with loss to Argentina – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The US men’s volleyball team has reached the end of the road in Tokyo.
The United States fell to Argentina in straight sets on Sunday, ending the Pool B match 2-3 and out of the tournament quarter-finals. The United States had won a medal in two of the last three Olympics and had not been eliminated in the round robin since the Sydney Games in 2000, when the team was 0-5.
Argentina won the first set by a score of 25-21 as Facundo Conte and Bruno Lima each scored six points on the board.
Led 1-0, the United States failed to snatch a contested second set. As Argentina led 24-23, Martin Ramos blocked Torey DeFalco on set to take the 2-0 lead.
The United States were fortunate enough to come off the third set after taking an 18-16 lead, but serves were the downfall for the team. The United States team made four service errors down the stretch, ultimately losing 25-23 once again.
DeFalco led the United States with 13 points in the game, while Matt Anderson had 11. Micah Christenson contributed 32 of the team’s 35 assists.
Conte and Lima combined for 29 Argentinian points, while Luciano de Cecco was the facilitator with 36 assists.
These were ups and downs for the United States men’s volleyball team. The team won their opener against France in straight sets before losing to the Russian Olympic Committee in four sets. The team then continued their four-set victory over Tunisia with a four-set loss to Brazil.
The United States was one point ahead of Argentina in the Pool B standings heading into Sunday’s winning or home game. With this victory, Argentina edged the United States in the standings and in the quarter-finals. Argentina are aiming for their first Olympic medal in men’s volleyball since 1988.