The top-ranked American women’s volleyball team made quick work of South Korea in the semifinals on Thursday, winning in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22. The US team has only lost two sets thus far in the Olympics and has looked near unbeatable.
South Korea was a surprise entrant in the semifinals after upsetting the Italian team in quarterfinals behind the play of its superstar, Yeon-Koung Kim, but it was unable to continue its run against the dominant US team. The Koreans held tight with the Americans but just didn’t have the power to ever take a set and the US defense was too strong, scoring 11 points on blocks to only five for Korea.
Team USA will play the winner of the Brazil-Japan match as it attempts to win its first ever gold medal at 6:30 p.m. London time (1:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday. The Americans lost to Brazil in the gold medal match four years ago in Beijing.
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