Olympics-Volleyball-U.S. Crushed by ROC after Thompson harm, China removed
TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – We’ hopes of winning a first Olympic gold medal in women’s volleyball took a hit on Saturday once they lost ace spiker, Jordan Thompson, to injury in a directly-set defeat by way of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) group.
Thompson sprained her ankle inside the 2nd set and did no longer return, watching on from the sidelines with tears streaming down her face as ROC won 25-20 25-12 25-19.
The Yankee opposite hitter, competing in her first video games, has been their breakout big name after pinnacle-scoring of their first three wins which included a giant 34-points effort in opposition to defending champions China.
“I’d suppose that in all likelihood is unlikely for (Monday’s very last pool sport against) Italy and maybe eager for something past that,” U.S. Coach Karch Kiraly stated.
Turkey got their campaign again on target after two losses when they beat Pool B’s backside side Argentina 25-23 25-20 25-18 to qualify for the area-finals for the first time.
“We beat the champions China 3-0 and that I think that confirmed how something is possible in our crazy institution. We’re so happy to make the pinnacle eight, we are going to fight for a medal,” Turkey captain Eda Dundar said.
Turkey’s win eliminated China, who in the end gained their first in shape at the video games later inside the day with a directly-units victory over Pool B leaders Italy.
With injured talisman and captain Zhu Ting sitting out,
China won 25-21 25-20 26-24 in what became essentially a dead rubber for the 2016 gold medallists.
An emotional China train Lang Ping apologized to the fans, announcing: “It changed into unexpected that we could not strengthen to the quarter-final degree and I have to say that is my duty as head train.”
Brazil beat global champions Serbia inside the eagerly expected war between Pool A’s pinnacle two groups,
triumphing 25-20 25-16 23-25 25-19 to remain the simplest unbeaten team after 4 video games.
Serbia’s opposite spiker Tijana Boskovic became in stimulated shape with a suit-excessive 32 points,
with Brazil frequently opting for triple blocks while she went up for spikes,
however, she had little support whilst 5 Brazilians were in double figures.
“I suppose this was our worst performance seeing that the beginning of the match,” Boskovic stated.
“in the first sets, we did not combat sufficient. In the third set, we recovered but it wasn’t enough to win.”
The Dominican Republic thrashed Kenya 25-19 25-18 25-10 with degree Eve (thirteen factors and 6 blocks)
main the way to move the Caribbean aspect as much as the fourth and very last qualification spot in Pool A.
South Korea saved healthy factors to aspect Japan 25-19 19-25 25-22 15-25 16-14 to advance,
leaving the hosts in the fifth area and wanting to conquer the Dominicans of their very last healthy
if they’re to qualify for the knockouts. (Reporting through Yuka Obayashi in Tokyo and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing through Muralikumar Anantharaman and Pritha Sarkar)