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WATCH LIVE: USA men’s volleyball looks for revenge, final berth vs Italy

Volleyball - Olympics: Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Filippo Lanza #10 of Italy spikes the ball 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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Few teams are as hot as the United States men’s volleyball team, who look to advance to the gold medal match by avenging its last Olympics ouster.

The Americans lost to Italy in straight sets at the 2012 Games. That came at the quarterfinal stage.


Now the Yanks face Italy in the semifinals, knowing a win would boost them into a final against either Russia or Brazil.

Team USA started 0-2, but hasn’t lost since, however that Aug. 9 loss did come to Italy, a 3-1 defeat.

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