It is remarkable how often a volleyball team goes up two sets to none, cannot win a match point in the third set then loses the third set, and eventually falls three sets to two. That was the fate of the USA Men's Volleyball Team Saturday against Russia at the Olympics.
The USA won a remarkable first set 29-27. Then after winning the second set, the USA continued their command of the match right to a match point at 24-23 in the third set but they couldn't finish. From that point on Russia totally dominated the fourth set and deciding fifth set.
There is a lesson here. When you have a team down you have to close them out. Don't let them back in the match.
The USA is still in a good position going forward in this Olympics, but I hope they learned a valuable lesson Saturday.
U.S. men lose two-set lead to Russia, fail to win group