ROC makes quick work of Canada in men's volleyball quarters

Posted at 9:33 PM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-03 02:55:35-04

Editor's note: This article will be updated throughout the day's action.

Eight teams face off in quarterfinal matches to determine which four will advance to the semifinals.

Follow along as the Russian Olympic Committee takes on Canada, Japan plays Brazil, Italy battles Argentina and Poland faces France.

ROC eliminates Canada in quarterfinals


Having fallen just short of a medal at Rio 2016, the Russian Olympic Committee on Tuesday worked its way into the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics, sweeping Canada at Ariake Arena.

The Russians, who lost the bronze-medal to the United States in Rio, was in charge from the outset, winning the first set, 25-21. The second set was the most competitive, Canada making its foe put in some extra work in a 30-28 triumph.

Canada fought off a number of match points in the second, and it showed in the third. The ROC's victory never seemed in doubt as it rolled to a 25-22 closeout.

Brazil bumps Japan from tournament


In the second shutout of the quarterfinals, Brazil downed Japan 3-0 and ended the home team's medal hopes. 

The reigning champion was never in any real trouble of being eliminated, but Japan fought to keep the score close in all three sets. The game marked the first time in 29 years that the Japanese men's volleyball team made an appearance in an Olympic quarterfinal. 

With the 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 win, Brazil advanced to the semifinals.