Aug. 1, 2012
Gopher alum Lindsey Berg and future Gopher head coach Hugh McCutcheon helped the United States Olympic team to 3-0 record in Pool B play today with a three-set win over China. In a thrilling three-set match at Earls Court in London, Team USA won, 26-24, 25-16 and 31-29 to go as the only Pool B undefeated team.
Team USA trailed 20-23 in the first set, only to go on a 6-2 run and win, 26-24. USA dominated the second set in a convincing 25-16 win. After trailing 11-7 in the second set, USA went on a 12-2 swing and produced 18 of the final 23 points to win the set, 25-16. Another rally was in affect in the third set as Berg and Team USA was down 21-23. However, after battling back and winning on their sixth match point, the United States closed out the match with a 31-29 win. The win was Team USA's fourth-straight win against China. Berg had 45 running sets and 91 total attempts as US had a 47.1 kill percent and .336 hitting efficiency (56-16-119).
With the win, the United States solidified its spot in the quarterfinals. They now play Serbia on Aug. 3 and Turkey, Aug. 5, both scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT) starts.
The preliminary round consists of a six-team round robin played every other day. The top four teams in each of the two pools advance to the Aug. 7 quarterfinals with the pool winner facing the crossover fourth-place team. The second- and third-place teams drawn into quarterfinal lots against the opposite pool. The semifinal round takes place on Aug. 9, followed by the medal round on Aug. 11.
Bill Kauffman/USA Volleyball contributed to release
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