Olympics update: USA Men's Volleyball team, featuring 3 Hawaii residents, competes for bronze; open for results
Taylor Sander of the United States reacts during the men's bronze medal match against Russia on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracanazinho on Aug. 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Tom Pennington
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -
The United States rallied from a two-set deficit against Russia in volleyball on Sunday to win the Olympic bronze medal with a 3-2 victory.
Ranked fifth in the world, the Americans won 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13. Matt Anderson spiked for match point against the stunned Russians.
The Americans linked arms in a tight circle and hopped in celebration as the crowd chanted “U-S-A!” The victory came the day after the U.S. women’s team also won the Olympic bronze medal.
The United States has three gold medals in men’s volleyball, most recently in the 2006 Beijing Games. The Americans won the bronze in Barcelona in 1992.
Russia had three bronze medals in the sport. The perennial powerhouse has won four gold medals and three silvers since the sport joined the event in 1964.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.