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US, Poland on Top of Olympic Men's Volleyball Groups


The United States and Poland have moved to the top of their Olympic men's volleyball group standings after two preliminary round games.

The U.S. men rallied to beat third-place Italy, 3-1 (24-26, 25-22 25-15, 25-21) Tuesday in a Group A contest.

The Bulgarians are in second-place after defeating last-place Japan, 3-1 (29-27, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19). Fourth-place China edged fifth-place Venezuela, 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 16-25, 25-21, 16-14).

In Group B, Poland trounced last place Egypt, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-10), while second place Brazil was a 3-1 (25-27, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21) winner over Serbia. Germany, which is tied for fourth place with Serbia, fell to third-place Russia, 3-2 (25-27, 25-21, 21-25, 25-13, 16-14).

The top four teams in each group advance to the single elimination quarterfinals.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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