USA men’s volleyball can’t right the ship in another tough loss

Following a disappointing three-set sweep at the hands of Canada in the Rio opener Sunday, Team USA men’s volleyball needed a strong showing against Italy Tuesday afternoon.

They got it, but Italy was just a little bit better, taking three of four sets in a closely-contested match.

The same issues plagued U.S. to start the match, as service and unforced errors handed Italy too many points early on.

The two teams battled to 26-all in the first set before USA’s Max Holt went long on a serve and then a back-row violation on Aaron Russell handed Italy the victory.

USA finally won its first set, a 25-20 showing over Italy.

But that was about all the celebrating a young U.S. team had on the afternoon as Italy held on for a victory in the third set as a challenge that went in their favor clinched it.

Italy also took home the fourth set by a 25-23 score to send USA home without a point in two matches.

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