2012 Olympics: U.S. Defeats #2 Brazil (Convincingly)

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The headline writers were enthusiastic — it was a “big” victory in a “dramatic Olympics rematch.”  It sure looked like all of that to us, as the #1-ranked United States women downed the #2-ranked Brazilians 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 ) to remain undefeated in the Group B Bracket.

For Penn State fans, it was fun to see Kobe Bryant’s “are you kidding me?” moment following an emphatic kill by Christa Harmotto.  The commentators liked it too.

Below are links to two articles about the match, followed by scoring from the match and cumulative scoring to date for the United States.

Coming up next — China, on Wednesday, August 1st at 3:00 p.m. EST.  We’ll have a pre-match write-up later today or early tomorrow.

Day 3 Review: USA hand Brazil big defeat

From www.london2012.com:

Chasing what would be a first gold in 10 attempts, Hugh McCutcheon’s side were almost faultless in front of a boisterous crowd, sending out the clearest of signals that 2012 could be their year.

Backed by the support of USA Basketball star Kobe Bryant – off-duty this afternoon – they got to grips with Brazil’s delicate style before blowing them off the court by way of the brilliance at the net of Destinee Hooker and Foluke Akinradewo.

The USA turned on the style in women’s Volleyball as they scored a comprehensive 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 win over defending champions Brazil.

For the complete article, Click Here

US Women’s Volleyball Team Defeats Brazil In Dramatic Olympics Rematch From 2008 (PHOTOS)

From Huffington Post:

LONDON — The U.S. women’s volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 on Monday at the Olympics in an early-round rematch of the Beijing Games final won by the Brazilians.

Destinee Hooker had 23 points and Jordan Larson added 18 for the top-ranked Americans, who won 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in pool play at Earls Court.

Sheilla Castro had 15 points for No. 2 Brazil, which was energized after a third-set victory but lost on Logan Tom’s floater in the fourth set. Tom is playing in her fourth Olympics.

“I call her the glue,” coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “She holds this team together.”

For the complete article (and photos), Click Here.


Scoring - United States vs. Brazil

2Scott-Arruda, DanielleMB6-20000
3Haneef-Park, TayyibaOpp6-70000
4 Berg, LindseyS5-80303
5Miyashiro, TamariL5-70000
6Davis, NicoleL5-40000
10Larson, JordanOH6-2016218
11Hodge, MeganOH6-30000
13Harmotto, ChristaMB6-20415
15Tom, LoganOH6-1012012
16Akinradewo, FolukeMB6-30909
17Thompson, CourtneyS5-80000
19Hooker, DestineeOpp6-4022123

Scoring - Brazil vs. United States

1CLAUDINO FabianaMB6-405510
3LINS DanielleS6-00000
4PEQUENO PaulinaWS6-0010010
5SILVA AdeniziaMB6-00112
6MENEZES ThaisaMB6-4011011
8CARVALHO JaquelineWS6-10202
9FERREIRA FerndandaS5-81203
11CAIXETA TandaraWS6-01102
12PEREIRA NataliaWS6-00000
13CASTRO SheillaOS6-2113115
14OLIVEIRA FabianaL5-50000
16RODRIGUES FernandaWS5-100909

Cumulative Scoring - United States

2Scott-Arruda, DanielleMB6-2208311
3Haneef-Park, TayyibaOpp6-750123
4 Berg, LindseyS5-851607
5Miyashiro, TamariL5-750000
6Davis, NicoleL5-450000
10Larson, JordanOH6-25245451
11Hodge, MeganOH6-32019019
13Harmotto, ChristaMB6-25220830
15Tom, LoganOH6-15240648
16Akinradewo, FolukeMB6-351411560
17Thompson, CourtneyS5-850000
19Hooker, DestineeOpp6-4538714104