Men’s Volleyball Roundup
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Brazil completed a perfect 5-0 run through Group A of the Olympic men’s volleyball tournament by defeating Cuba in three grueling games.
Giovanne Gavio had 10 kills and 19-year-old star Dante Amaral had nine for the Brazilians in the 28-26, 30-28, 25-18 victory Monday (Sunday night EDT).
Brazil will play Argentina (2-3) in the quarterfinals.
Cuba dropped to third in Group A by losing a tiebreaker to the Netherlands. Both teams went 4-1, but the Netherlands had a better record in games won versus games lost.
The Netherlands, the 1996 gold medalist, closed out group play by getting past Spain 25-18, 25-17, 25-26, 25-21. Spanish hitter Rafael Pascual had 27 kills.
The Dutch advance to play Yugoslavia (2-3), which eliminated South Korea 24-26, 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 15-8. The South Koreans, playing the best defense of the tournament, lost two five-gamers, and the rest of the field is glad to be rid of them.
Spain (1-4) was eliminated when Australia beat Egypt 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 later Monday.
The victory by the Aussies (1-3) put them in the quarterfinals against Italy, marking a stunning Olympic debut for a program that started from nothing in 1993.
Russia clinched second place in Group B by defeating Argentina 25-23, 25-15, 25-20. Roman Yakovlev had 13 kills and Igor Chulepov 11 for the Russians (4-1).
Russia will play the Cubans in the best matchup of the quarterfinals.
Italy played the late match against the United States, with the outcome meaningless for both teams. Italy has locked up the top seed from Group B, and the Americans were knocked out of medal contention by losing their first four matches.