Aug. 9, 2012
With team captain and Gopher alum Lindsey Berg back in action, the United States indoor volleyball team advanced to the gold medal match today as it defeated South Korea. In a back-and-forth battle, Team USA remained undefeated and won in three sets, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22 at Earls Court in London.
With future Gopher head coach Hugh McCutcheon at the helm, the U.S. has only lost two sets through pool and medal rounds (South Korea and Brazil in pool play). USA defeated the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals (3-0) and now South Korea to advance for a chance at gold.
Team USA will be making its second-straight appearance in the gold medal match after it won silver in 2008. They are on the quest to become the first U.S. women’s indoor team to win gold at the Olympics. The Americans will face Brazil, who defeated Japan in straight sets. The gold medal match is set 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and can be seen live on nbcolympics.com or on tape delay throughout NBC affiliates later that evening.
After suffering an ankle injury in the last pool game against Turkey, Berg returned to the U.S. lineup in the semifinal match. In her return, Berg had 45 sets without an error. With the women’s team currently 7-0, McCutcheon remains undefeated in Olympic matches as a U.S. head coach. McCutcheon and Team USA went undefeated in Beijing to claim its third Olympic Games gold medal and its first podium finish since 1992.
USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman and NBCOlympics.com contributed to article
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