U.S. women’s volleyball defeats Serbia and heads to gold medal game

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Team USA’s women’s volleyball responds by competing in the women’s semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo.

The saying goes that revenge is a dish best served cold.

Think of the United States women’s volleyball team as a very effective group of leaders.

In a rematch of the 2016 Olympic semi-final, the Americans toppled Serbia 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 in Friday’s semi-final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The United States will be now back at Ariake Arena to try to win their first Olympic gold medal. medal in the sport when he faces Brazil or South Korea on Sunday at 12:30 am ET.

“That’s our whole quest,” said Andrea Drews, who had 17 points from 12 kills, two blocks and three aces against Serbia. All eyes on gold. This goal influenced all the decisions we made. Every point scored was a deposit for that goal. “

Jordan Larson added 15 points (11-2-2) for the United States, which won three silver and two bronze since women’s volleyball was added to the 1964 Olympics.

Five years ago in Rio, the United States and Serbia played five sets before the Serbs finally won. Serbia won the silver medal, while the US team won the bronze.

Going into Friday’s game, Serbia’s only sets lost were a 3-1 group loss to Brazil, while the United States claimed two straight-set wins in addition to a straight-set loss to the United States. Russian Olympic Committee.

Serbia, who also won the 2018 world championship, were led by the tournament’s most dominant player, Tijana Boskovic, who entered the game with 124 kills and reached 0.392 in six matches.

Boskovic was not necessarily neutralized, but the United States limited his damage. She finished with 19 points, including 16 kills.

“Our team executed the game plan to near perfection,” said US coach Karch Kiraly. “Tijana Bos-kovic is one of the great, great players in the world, one of the deadliest. She won her attacks at an average of .380-.390 percentage point and we kept her at .120. It’s huge. We were hoping to keep it in the low .300.

The United States also suffered two major injuries: passer Jordyn Poulter returned after missing the quarterfinal game with a sprained right ankle, while opposing hitter Jordan Thompson, who missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle, started on the bench.

“We talk about it a lot: there are 12 of us strong,” Drews said. “When your number is called, you are doing your job. “

The Americans came out strong behind Drews and Foluke Akinradewo, combined with excellent serve play, to take a 16-10 lead and pulled away for a 25-19 victory in the first set.

It was more or less the same as the United States held Boskovic at bay and won a 25-15 triumph to go up 2-0. In the third set, the USA, perhaps feeling the nerves, struggled to push back the Serbs before winning 25-23.

Attention now turns to the finale, and potentially the story.

“People say we’re going to be under so much pressure because we’ve never won the gold medal,” Larson said. “But we’re under no pressure because we’ve never done it. Why not go out swinging?

Want to follow Team USA athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games? Visit TeamUSA.org/Tokyo2020 for the medal table, results and competition schedule.



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