Going for Gold: Team USA vs. Brazil in Women’s Final

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As expected, Team USA dispatched Korea in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-22), though Korea led in the second set 14-11 before the Americans rallied to put the set away.  Up next is a rematch on Saturday with Brazil, which the United States defeated 3-1 on July 30th.  Here’s what the media has been saying:

U.S. Women Sweep S. Korea, Back in Gold Medal Match (www.nbcolympics.com)

The U.S. women’s volleyball team is returning to the Olympic Gold Medal Match for the second time in as many Games after an impressive sweep of  South Korea  in Thursday’s semifinal at Earls Court in London.  The set scores were 25-20, 25-22, 25-22. Team USA will get another rematch with Brazil . . . in Saturday’s Olympic final. “It’s great to be in this position,” U.S. middle blocker Christa Harmotto told the Associated Press. “It’s a position we’ve worked for for four years, and we’re exactly where we want to be.

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 Olympics volleyball: USA and Brazil to contest women’s final (BBC Sport)

Favourites USA moved a step closer to a first women’s volleyball Olympic gold with a 3-0 win against South Korea.  The Americans, who are ranked number one in the world, progressed to Saturday’s final with a 25-20 25-22 25-22 victory at Earls Court.  They will meet defending champions Brazil, who beat Japan 3-0, in a repeat of the Beijing 2008 final.  Captain Fabiana Claudino scored 13 points as Brazil won 25-18 25-15 25-18 in Thursday’s second semi-final.

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London 2012 Olympics: Brazil Clobbers Japan in Volleyball to Advance to Final (latino.foxnews)

Brazil advanced to the final of the Olympic women’s volleyball tournament  with a 3-0 victory here Thursday over Japan, setting up another showdown with  the United States. The South Americans’ blocking prowess was the difference in the semifinal  match as they repeatedly stymied a Japanese side that was the shortest in the  competition, averaging just 1.75 meters (less than 5-feet-9). The 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 victory was one of the most comfortable during this  year’s Olympics for the Brazilians, who lost two games in the round-robin phase  and then miraculously escaped with a win Tuesday over Russia in the  quarterfinals, rallying from a two-set-to-one deficit and staving off six match  points to stay alive in the competition.

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 US women reach Olympic volleyball gold-medal match (Yahoo Sports)

By ANNE M. PETERSON (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press.  LONDON (AP) — Coach Hugh McCutcheon made a special point of seeking out captain Lindsey Berg for a quick hug after the U.S. women’s volleyball team advanced to the gold medal match at the London Olympics. The Americans got an emotional boost from Berg, who returned for a straight-set semifinal victory over South Korea on Thursday after missing the last match with a strained left Achilles. “It’s game time and I feel great, and I don’t care how I feel after Saturday,” Berg said, referring to the final, a rematch of 2008 Olympic finale against Brazil.

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Team Rosters

2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team

2Scott-Arruda, DanielleMB6-2Baton RougeLA1972LBSUBig West
3Haneef-Park, TayyibaOpp6-7Laguna HillsCA1979LBSUBig West
4 Berg, LindseyS5-8HonoluluHI1980MinnesotaB1G
5Miyashiro, TamariL5-7KaneoheHI1987WashingtonPac 12
6Davis, NicoleL5-4StocktonCA1982USCPac 12
10Larson, JordanOH6-2HooperNE1986NebraskaB1G
11Hodge, MeganOH6-3DurhamNC1988Penn StateB1G
13Harmotto, ChristaMB6-2HopewellPA1986Penn StateB1G
15Tom, LoganOH6-1Salt Lake CityUT1981StanfordPac 12
16Akinradewo, FolukeMB6-3PlantationFL1987StanfordPac 12
17Thompson, CourtneyS5-8KentWA1984WashingtonPac 12
19Hooker, DestineeOpp6-4San AntonioTX1987TexasBig 12

2012 Olympics Women's Volleyball - Brazil

1CLAUDINO FabianaMB6-427Fenerbahce TUR
3LINS DanielleS6-027Sesi/SP BRA
4PEQUENO PaulinaWS6-030Volei Futuro BRA
5SILVA AdeniziaMB6-025Sollys Osasco BRA
6MENEZES ThaisaMB6-425Sollys Osasco BRA
8CARVALHO JaquelineWS6-128Sollys Osasco BRA
9FERREIRA FerndandaS5-832Iqtisadchi Baku AZE
11CAIXETA TandaraWS6-023Sollys Osasco BRA
12PEREIRA NataliaWS6-023Unilever BRA
13CASTRO SheillaOS6-229Sollys Osasco BRA
14OLIVEIRA FabianaL5-532Unilever BRA
16RODRIGUES FernandaWS5-1026Volei Futuro BRA