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WC M: USA wins gold after 30 years, joins Italy in Rio 2016!

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The USA is the World Cup winner after 30 years, claiming gold medal last time in 1985 in front of Soviet Union! And which is even more important, Americans booked their ticket to 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio along with Italy. USA – Argentina 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20). Poland had a chance to go to Rio in case of USA’s defeat. Aaron Russell was the best scorer in USA with 18 points. Facundo Conte had 22 in Argentina.

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Anderson and Sander pulled USA up front at the start 6-3. Argentina didn’t let things to get out of its control and came close with Solé’s block 8-7. But, USA had Russell who was just perfect! He took his team to 13-9 followed with devoted defensive play of libero Shoji. Argentinians approached again 20-19, but Russell fired two consecutive spikes at 21-10. Anderson finished the set with huge one-on-one block on Conte 25-20. Russell was flawless in Set 1, spiking 8/8!

Argentina opened Set 2 with a couple of blocks 4-3, but USA’s players made a shower of aces, pouring them whenever necessary. With two in a row from Anderson, it was 17-14 for Americans. Argentina got 19-18, but Russell scored from a service line 21-17. The decisive point occured at 22-20 when USA won a long rally. Sander sealed the set with a kill and ace 25-21.

From the beginning of Set 3 it was visible that Argentina tries its best to spoil American plans 6-4. US team temporarily went up 8-7, but Argentina had 7-0 run at 9-9! Palacios and Conte were firings pins in South Americans’ offense during that period of game. Conte’s ace for 21-13 was icing on the cake. US team tried to return to the set with three points in a row, but four consecutive points from Argentina and first tempo from Crer marked the continuation of Tokyo battle 25-17.

Argentina entered Set 4 very nervously, gifting points to US team 8-5. American duo of middle blockers HoltLee gave their team confident 12-8 lead. Then, Sander took over 17-11. Russell’s spike and Christenson’s ace destroyed already poor Argentinian reception in this set 20-12. Argentina scared Americans with two points in a row at 24-18, but Holt smashed first tempo for a huge celebration on the court by the guys in red jerseys!

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Kubiak September 23, 2015 - 2:21 pm

I wanna cry 🙁 Cheers to all teams and fans all of the world, this tournament is sick.

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