Published On: Sat, Jul 31st, 2021

US Crushed by ROC After Losing Thompson to Injury

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TOKYO—The United States’ hopes of winning the first Olympic gold medal in women’s volleyball took a hit on Saturday when they lost ace spiker, Jordan Thompson, to injury in a straight sets defeat by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team. Thompson sprained her ankle in the second set and did not return, watching on from the sidelines with tears streaming down her face as ROC won 25-20 25-12 25-19. The American opposite hitter, competing in her first Games, has been their breakout star after top-scoring in their first three wins which included a colossal 34-points effort against defending champions China. “I would think that probably is unlikely for (Monday’s final pool game against) Italy and maybe hopeful for something beyond that,” U.S. coach Karch Kiraly said. Turkey got their campaign back on track after two losses when they beat Pool B’s bottom side Argentina 25-23 25-20 25-18 to qualify for …

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