Aug. 11, 2012
Former Gopher Lindsey Berg and future head coach Hugh McCutcheon took home the silver medal for the United States indoor volleyball team, falling in four sets to Brazil, today at Earls Court in London. After Team USA won the first match 25-11, the Brazilians defended their 2008 gold medal and won the next three sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-17.
The U.S. Women finished the tournament with a 7-1 record and 30-2 record in 2012. Brazil finished with a 6-2 record and snapped a six-match losing streak to the United States dating back to 2011.
Team USA took control early, winning the first set by a convincing 25-11 score. The Americans held a 12-point lead when it went on a 5-0 run en route to the set win. Brazil responded and took over the momentum in the second set, 25-17, and would never allow the Americans to lead in the third and fourth sets. Brazil started the third with a 6-2 lead and never looked back as it won, 25-20. The Brazilians again took early control in the deciding set when it opened up at 5-2. After a 5-1 run to put the score at 16-10, Brazil would add three unanswered points for a 19-11 lead and would later with the set and the match at 25-17.
Berg had 35 running sets in the loss and completed her third Olympics. In her USA Volleyball career, Berg collected two silver medals in 2008 and 2012. In two treks to the Olympics, McCutcheon adds a gold medal (2008-U.S. men's team) and a silver (2012-U.S. women's team) to his resume. His arrival to Minnesota will follow his USA Volleyball responsibilities.
Bill Kauffman/USA Volleyball contributed to this release