USA loses first match at worlds
NAGOYA, Japan -- The United States fell to Italy in four sets Sunday, ending its 17-game winning streak and dropping its first match at the women's volleyball world championships.
The European champions improved to 3-2 with the 25-16, 24-26, 27-25, 27-25 second-round win. The U.S. are 4-1 in Group F.
"They played a good match and deserved to win," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "Italy was defensively very good tonight. They outdug us."
Serena Ortolani had a team-high 23 points for the Italians.
"We had good defending and blocking tonight," Italian coach Massimo Barbolini said. "We played well when we were behind."
In other matches, Olympic champion Brazil rallied to defeat Cuba 23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18 and stay undefeated at 5-0. Sheilla and captain Fabiana were the leading scorers for Brazil with 17 and 15 points respectively.
"We were able to play good volleyball," Fabiana said. "We had good serves and blocking at the critical moments."
Defending champion Russia defeated Poland 25-17, 25-21, 33-31 to improve to 5-0 in Group E. Serbia defeated China 21-25 25-20 25-22 25-22.
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