Former Golden Gopher Lindsey Berg had two huge serving runs for the U.S. Olympic team to help push them to a five-game victory over Italy by scores of 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Aug. 19. With the win, the U.S. Olympic team has an opportunity to win their first medal since claiming a bronze in 1992.
With Team USA trailing 2-1 in the match, Berg’s serving helped unleash an 8-0 run to start the fourth game. The U.S. team would eventually even up the match at 2-2 by claiming the game 25-18. In the deciding fifth game, Berg was serving when Team USA jumped out to a 5-0 lead. They would end up winning the fifth game 15-6.
The U.S. Olympic Team is now set to play Cuba on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 12:30 p.m. (Beijing time) in the semifinal matchup, while host China will face Brazil on Thursday at 8 p.m. (Beijing time). The bronze medal match will occur on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m. (Beijing time), and the gold medal match will be at 8 p.m. (Beijing time).
Minnesota’s other volleyball Olympian Nicole Branagh and her partner Elaine Youngs were knocked out in the Beach Volleyball quarterfinals on Sunday, Aug. 17 by the Chinese team of Xue and Zhang Xi by scores of 21-17, 21-13.