Bronze isn’t gold, but still im­pres­sive

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It was ag­o­niz­ing to watch the U.S. men’s vol­ley­ball team suc­cumb to Italy in Fri­day’s semi­fi­nal round, es­pe­cially since the Amer­i­cans at one time were just three points away from win­ning and ad­vanc­ing to the gold medal match. But alas, Italy re­bounded with six points in a row to claim vic­tory in the piv­otal fourth set, then went on to win it in the fifth.

The U.S. men’s team — with eight first-time Olympians, in­clud­ing Hawaii’s Micah Chris­ten­son and broth­ers Kawika and Erik Shoji — has clawed its way to medal con­tention af­ter a slow start. On Sun­day, U.S.A. won’t be go­ing for gold, but in­stead, will be play­ing for bronze. Time to set the DVR for 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, or check TV list­ings for any de­layed tele­cast.

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