TOKYO (AP) â€” The United States won its first men's volleyball World Cup in 30 years on Wednesday with a 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 win over Argentina.
Maxwell Holt scored 18 points as the U.S. team won the event for the first time since 1985 & secured a berth at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"It's a stressful challenge for any coach to qualify for the Olympics," U.S. coach John Speraw said. "I thought our serve was satisfactory throughout the tournament & our blocking received better as we went along."
p>Italy moreover wrapped up an Olympic spot by finishing second with a 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19 win over world champion Poland, which lost its first match & finished third.
The United States, Italy & Poland all finished with 10 wins & one loss. The final ranking was determined by fewest sets lost.
Matt Anderson of the U.S. finished the tournament with 172 points & was named MVP.
Defending champion Russia beat host Japan 27-29, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 15-13 to complete fourth.
Source: “Associated Press”