Serbia and the United States, the silver and bronze medallists respectively at Rio, moved into the semifinals of the women’s volleyball competition after posting straight-set victories at the Ariake Arena on Wednesday.
The Americans won 25-11, 25-20, 25-19 against Dominican Republic. They were without two of their main players, Jordyn Poulter and Jordan Thompson, who are both nursing injuries; but their replacements, Andrea Drews and Micha Hancock, ensured their absence did not matter much. The Americans were just too good for the Dominican side.
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The US finished the job in an hour and 23 minutes. Drews (21 points), Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (13) and Haleigh Washington (10) were the main scorers.
Serbia, which will play the US in Friday’s semifinal, too impressed in its 25-21, 25-14, 25-21 win against Italy.
In the other semifinal, Republic of Korea, which edged out Turkey 17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-13, will face Brazil, which beat the Russian Olympic Committee 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.
The results (quarterfinals):
Republic of Korea bt Turkey 17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-13; United States bt Dominican Republic 25-11, 25-20, 25-19; Serbia bt Italy 25-21, 25-14, 25-21; Brazil bt ROC 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.
Men: Anders Berntsen Mol & Christian Sandlie Sorum (NOR) bt Ilya Leshukov & Konstantin Semenov (RUS) 21-17, 21-19; Martins Plavins & Edgars Tocs (LAT) bt Alison Cerutti & Alvaro Moraiso Filho (BRA) 21-16, 21-19.