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Team USA Wins First-Ever Olympic Gold in Women's Volleyball

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US women's volleyball final USA Brazil
US women's volleyball final USA Brazil

A dominant performance in the final saw Team USA women’s volleyball beat Brazil 3-0 to win the gold medal. The gold is Team USA’s first-ever in the event.

The Americans didn’t lose a set at the Ariake Arena, winning 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 in just under an hour and a half. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Andrea Drews combined for 29 of Team USA’s points.

Jordan Larson added 12 points, including the winning spike on match point.

The win clinched the top of the gold medal total tally for Team USA, beating out China by just one gold.

After beating Serbia in straight sets on Friday, the U.S. women’s volleyball team moved on to the finals.

Brazil is the No. 2-ranked team in the world and looked the part in Tokyo, losing just four sets this Olympics before the final.

Brazil previously won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but were knocked out in the quarterfinals in 2016. If the U.S. can knock off the Brazilians, it will be the first gold in women’s volleyball for the Americans.