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US men get off to fast start in volleyball

The Olympic cauldron gets lit at Yume no Ohashi bridge after the opening ceremony at the 2020...
The Olympic cauldron gets lit at Yume no Ohashi bridge after the opening ceremony at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Robert Carr/Pool Photo via AP)(Robert Carr | AP)
Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 5:11 PM EDT
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(AP) - After a long wait to get on the court, the U.S. men’s volleyball team made quick work of France in its Olympic opener.

The U.S. didn’t take the court until 11 p.m. local time in the final match of the opening day of pool play but set the tone early by scoring the first five points of the match. The Americans won the match 25-18, 25-18, 25-22, as they try to build on their bronze medal performance in 2016.

The other winners in the opening day of men’s competition were defending champion Brazil, Italy, the Russians, Japan and Iran.

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