There are three matches left in Tokyo in indoor volleyball, and the last four teams include two stalwarts and two sides that are new to this level of Olympic competition. The last four countries standing in the semifinals are the United States, Serbia, Brazil, and South Korea.
The USA went 4-1 in pool play and got a bit of luck from an imploding ROC team to finish with the No. 1 seed in Group B. That set up a match with Group A’s No. 4 team the Dominican Republic, which they rolled easily 25-11, 25-20, 25-19 behind 21 kills from backup opposite Annie Drews and eight team blocks. Backup setter Micha Hancock was terrific in finding hitters, and the WVNT looked as solid as at any point during their Olympic campaign
Brazil won Group A with a 5-0 record, and dispatched with ROC in four sets behind Gabi’s 16 kills on 35 swings. They’ll take on a South Korea side that stunned heavily-favored Turkey in five sets, as Yeon Koung Kim shined with 26 kills, an ace and a block. It’s a fantastic story, as South Korea’s lone Olympic honor in the sport was a bronze in Montreal in 1976. But Brazil has medaled four times in the last five Olympiads, including gold twice.
Women’s Olympic Volleyball Semifinals
USA vs. Serbia: 12:01 a.m. ET, Friday August 6th
Brazil vs. South Korea: 8:00 a.m. ET, Friday August 6th
Women’s Olympic Volleyball Bronze Medal Match
Saturday, August 8th: 10:00 p.m. ET
Women’s Olympic Volleyball Gold Medal Match
Sunday, August 9th: 8:00 a.m. ET
Here’s a look at the opening odds for the Olympic women’s volleyball semifinals. Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Serbia vs. USA
Set spread: USA -1.5 -115
Point total: 183.5
Moneyline: USA -130, Serbia +100
Brazil vs. South Korea
Point spread: N/A
Point total: N/A
Moneyline: Brazil -2400, South Korea +1000
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