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WATCH LIVE: Plenty of USA drama in Day 6’s volleyball, beach volleyball

Volleyball - Olympics: Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Ivan Zaytsev #9 of Italy spikes the ball against Micah Christenson #11 and David Lee #4 of the U.S. during the men’s qualifying volleyball match between the United States and Italy on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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With no margin for error, the United States men’s volleyball has a must-win situation on Thursday in Rio.

Beat powerful Brazil on their home floor, or go home.

It’s one of six men’s volleyball matches on the docket, starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT with Iran vs Cuba.

WATCH LIVE: All Day 6 matches -- 8:30 a.m. EDT

Brazil vs. USA -- 9:30 p.m. EDT


There’s a pair of American duos hitting the sand in beach volleyball this afternoon, with differing degrees of desperation.

American No. 2 women’s duo Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick have a real problem on their hands when they face Pool A’s other 0-2 side: Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova. Win, and it’s into the third place group. Lose, and out.

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are 2-0 and fine tuning things for the knockout rounds when they face an Italian side that knocked Dalhausser out of the running for gold in 2012.

WATCH LIVE: All Day 6 matches -- 9 a.m. EDT

Fendrick/Sweat (USA) vs. Ukolova/Birlova (RUS) – 2 p.m. EDT

Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs. Nicolai/Lupo (ITA) – 3 p.m. EDT

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