Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 13, 2016 – The United States defeated France 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22) on Saturday for their second consecutive victory in Pool A after losing the previous two in the men’s volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The United States next play winless Mexico on Monday as they attempt to secure their place in the quarterfinal round.
Aaron Russell and Matt Anderson shared the offensive honors for the winners with three blocks each and 18 and 17 points, respectively, while Taylor Sander contributed 13 points in the victory.
Antonin Rouzier and Earvin Ngapeth were the top French scorers with 25 and 22 points.
With Sander and Anderson doing damage from the service line, the United States went on a 12-2 streak to erase a 17-10 French advantage and win the first set 25-22.
France led for most part of the second set but United States tied at 19-19 with a spike by Sander and consecutive blocks by Anderson and Russell against Ngapeth gave the Americans the definitive margin for the 25-22 result.
In the third set France jumped into a 5-0 lead behind spike and ace by Ngapeth and Tillie and two blocks by LeGoff against Russell. The one-sided frame closed at 25-14 for France.
USA took a 6-1 lead in the fourth set only to see France tying at 10-10 with block by LeGoff against Russell. At 18-all Tillie missed with his serve and Anderson attacked to give USA a two-point lead. The set closed at 25-22.
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