U.S. Men's Volleyball Team finishes tied for fifth at 2012 Olympic Games
Americans fall to Italy in quarterfinals
Aug. 8, 2012
LONG BEACH - The U.S. Men's Volleyball Team saw its Olympic journey come to an end on Wednesday (Aug. 8) as it fell to Italy, 28-26, 25-20, 25-20 in the knockout quarterfinal round at Earls Court in London.
The United States finished the 2012 Olympic Games in a tie for fifth with a 4-2 overall record. The Americans took the top spot in Pool B after going 4-1 in the preliminary round. Italy came out of Pool A as the fourth seed and will advance to the semifinals to face top-ranked Brazil.
In pool play, the U.S. defeated Serbia and Germany in straight sets before upsetting No. 1 Brazil, 3-1. After falling to second-ranked Russia in five sets, Team USA clinched first place in the pool with a win over Tunisia. Italy was the fourth-place team in Pool A with a 3-2 record.
The U.S. Men's Volleyball Team was led by head coach Alan Knipe, who is on a leave of absence as the Long Beach State head men's volleyball coach. The team also featured former 49ers David Lee, Paul Lotman and David McKienzie.
Aug. 8: Brazil d. Argentina, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20
Aug. 8: Italy d. USA, 28-26, 25-20, 25-20
Aug. 8: Russia d. Poland, 25-17, 25-23, 25-21
Aug. 8: Bulgaria d. Germany, 25-20, 25-16, 25-14
Aug. 10: Russia vs. Bulgaria, 7 a.m. (PT)
Aug. 10: Italy vs. Brazil, 11:30 a.m. (PT)
Aug. 12: Men's Bronze Medal Match, 1:30 a.m. (PT)
Aug. 12: Men's Gold Medal Match, 5 a.m. (PT)
Aug. 12: Men's Gold Medal Ceremony, 6:50 a.m. (PT)
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