Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Volleyball – Women’s Semi-Final – Serbia v United States – Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan – August 6, 2021. Players from United States celebrate after the game.
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The U.S. women’s volleyball team are one win away from their first Olympic gold after beating Rio silver medal-winning Serbia in straight sets in Friday’s semi-final at the Tokyo Games.
The United States, which won bronze in Rio, advanced to Sunday’s final with a 25-19 25-15 25-23 victory over the world champions at Ariake Arena.
US opponent Andrea Drews scored 17 points while outside striker Jordan Larson had 15. Forward Jordan Thompson remained on the bench with an ankle injury.
Tijana Boskovic scored 19 points and managed three blocks for Serbia, who struggled with the variety of American attacks.
U.S. captain Larson said it took a while for her team to settle in.
âWe struggled a bit at the start but once we got the passes we were able to launch a strong attack. Our blockade and our defense was another good place, âshe said.
The United States won three silver and two bronze in this event, but never gold.
Larson, 34, who is playing his third Olympics, has a silver and a bronze.
âI hope I will finish the series,â she said.
The United States will face the winners of the second semi-final between Brazil and South Korea, scheduled for later on Friday.
Serbia did not play their best game, but head coach Zoran Terzic said they would make up for the bronze medal game.
âI don’t know what, but something was missing, maybe energy,â he said.
“But ok, we’ll try to get some energy back and some smiles for the next game.”