Venezuela’s mens volleyball team faced the U.S. yesterday for five heated sets in the Olympic openers, but lost 3-2.
The U.S. team prevailed despite the absence of its coach, Hugh McCutcheon, who missed the game due to the fatal stabbing of his father-in-law.
Interim coach Ron Larsen described the difficult win: “[The match] had a lot of ebbs and flows… We knew Venezuela was a very physical team. We knew they played with a certain emotion.”
Sunday’s strong showing was a good sign. This is Venezuela’s first time competing in volleyball at the Olympics.