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Men's Volleyball Olympic Games 2004

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Russia beat U.S.A. 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-16) - duration 1:24
29-Aug, start time: 12:30, end time: 13:54 - Attendance: 7'650
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Russia blast past USA to claim bronze
World number six Russia earned its ninth Olympic Volleyball medal in 10 trips to the Summer Games here Sunday by defeating the United States in three devastating sets for the bronze medal at the Athens 2004 Games.

The United States was playing for its first medal since taking the bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Games as both teams entered the Olympic third-place match after losing semi-finals contests to Brazil and Italy.

It was an impressive display from the Europeans as they blocked USA off the court, who looked to be lacking rhythm and cohesion, but fell short of their silver medal winning performance in Sydney four years ago.

Russia finished the first set strongly by scoring six of the last seven points after the United States had taken a 21-19 lead on points by Lloy Ball (one point) and William Priddy (two). After tying the match on Serguey Tetyukhin's spike, the Russians got a kill block from Alexey Kuleshov and a service ace from Sergey Baranov before Tetyukhin's spike ended the set.

With the second set tied 20 times, Russia overcame two set points by scoring four of the last five points. An Alexander Kosarev spike and block gave Russia a 26-25 lead with the winning point being scored on a technical call by the referee on the United States' Ball. The call also resulted in a yellow card on Ball to start the third set.

With the Americans still upset with the technical call on set point and the yellow card on Ball, Russia took advantage to gain 5-2, 7-3 and 13-7 leads. The United States scored three-straight points behind Clayton Stanley's play, but Russia regained control with three-straight points, including two blocks by Alexey Kuleshov and Baranov. Russia finished the match with 15 blocks for points, including nine in the third set.

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