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USA men’s volleyball falls to 0-2, loses to old nemesis Italy

Volleyball - Olympics: Day 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Emanuele Birarelli #15 of Italy celebrate a point during the Men’s Preliminary Pool A match between the Italy and France on Day 2 of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games at Maracanzinho on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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The United States has given up every margin for error in their chase for a medal, falling to 0-2 in pool play with a loss to Italy on Tuesday in Rio.

A tremendous first set, competitively speaking, saw the out-of-sorts Yanks chasing Italy. The European side took a 24-22 lead but Italy served out of bounds before Matt Anderson tied the score.

Italy came out on top in the set, 28-26.

The Americans, much like their women’s counterparts on Monday, found form in the second set, and carried it to a 25-20 win. The trends unfortunately carried over to the third set, where Italy took a 25-23 win.

The Italians got out to a lead in the fourth set, and the Americans just couldn’t catch up. They fell 25-23.

Italy eliminated the U.S. from the 2012 Games in the quarterfinals.

Next up: Thursday vs. dangerous Brazil.

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