It’s been a disastrous Olympics for USA Volleyball so far, with the men’s indoor team failing to get out of group play, and two beach teams already heading home before the quarterfinals. But there’s still a chance for the only US team of the four in Tokyo that has never won an Olympic gold medal to still get claim victory.
And that journey continues tonight in a key clash with the two favorites for gold in the United States and Italy facing off at the top of Group B. If the USA can win, they’ll have a chance at overtaking Italy for the No. 1 seed depending on the results of the ROC team against Turkey in the following match.
The status of right side Jordan Thompson is a big question in this one, as former Cincinnati Bearcat rolled her ankle badly in the loss to the ROC team. It will be very tough for the USA to win gold without the dynamic athleticism of Thompson as a pin hitter, so even if she can’t play tonight, the US will need her before it’s all over. There’s been no word on her status for tonight’s match so far from Tokyo.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 women’s volleyball, Monday, August 2
USA vs. Italy
Time: 10:05 p.m. ET (Sunday, August 1st in USA)
Live stream: NBCOlympics.com at this link
Moneyline: Off the board
While there are no odds on the USA vs. Italy match due to the status of Jordan Thompson’s ankle, the Americans are listed as the favorite for gold at +170 at DraftKings Sportsbook, with Italy the second choice at +250. You might see these two play again for gold at the end of this week.
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