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U.S. beats Italy to reach last four at Olympic women´s volleyball

Source: Xinhua | 08-20-2008 07:26

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The United States twice rallied from one set down to beat World Cup winner Italy in a full-set quarterfinal to reach the semifinals of the Beijing Games women's volleyball event on Tuesday.

The United States needed two hours to claim their first win in six meetings against Italy since 2004, prevailing through at 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6 and will meet Cuba in the semifinals on Thursday.

Lang Ping, coach of the women's volleyball team of the United States, hugs her team members during the Women's Quarterfinals match U.S. vs Italy of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games volleyball event in Beijing, China, Aug. 19, 2008. The U.S. beat Italy 3-2. (Xinhua)
Lang Ping, coach of the women's volleyball team of the United 
States, hugs her team members during the Women's Quarterfinals 
match U.S. vs Italy of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games volleyball 
event in Beijing, China, Aug. 19, 2008. The U.S. beat Italy 3-2.