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Americans in line to sweep golds

USA Men will be out to add to America's gold-medal haul in Sunday's final
Beijing, China, August 22, 2008 - Two down. Two to go.

USA are in with a chance of sweeping the four gold medals up for grabs in the Olympic Volleyball and Beach Volleyball tournaments in Beijing after American duo Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers claimed victory in the Chaoyang Park final before USA advanced to the gold-medal match in the Men's indoor event on Friday.

Dalhausser and Rogers beat Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes in the Beach Volleyball final a day after Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor retained their Olympic title by beating China's Jia Tian and Jie Wang.

The U.S. Women's Volleyball team brushed Cuba aside 3-0 on Thursday to make their first Olympic final since Los Angeles 1984 and the men put the Americans in line for a spectacular sweep by beating Russia in five sets on Friday. It will be their first Olympic final since 1988, when they added gold to the one they won in Los Angeles four years earlier.

USA Women face Brazil in the gold-medal match on Saturday, with the USA Men facing either Brazil or Italy in the decider on Sunday.

If the Americans pull it off, it will be the first time one country has claimed all four golds since Beach Volleyball joined Volleyball as an Olympic sport at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

"We've won gold medals in the men's and women's beach volleyball and we are looking for more," said David Lee, the star of the show for the Americans against the Russians.

USA's Lloy Ball was in a confident mood after his side held off the mighty Russians.

It's been a long journey for me and a lot of the guys, who've put in a decade to get to this point," said the 36-year-old Lloy Ball. "I've been dreaming about this since I was 4-years-old. I said at the beginning that winning or losing wasn't going to affect me. But it sure is going to be nice to have a medal in the house."

"I've been waiting 14 years for this game. We've worked so hard to get back to the strength of the '80s USA teams," said Ball.

  
 

 

  
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