USA Men's Volleyball Team Advances To Semifinal of 2001 World University Games

Aug. 28, 2001

Beijing, China - The USA Men's Volleyball put up a Great Wall of its own this afternoon at the National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing. Team USA used their great wall of defense to sweep Brazil in straight sets (25-21, 25-14, 25-15) to advance to the semifinal round of the 2001 Summer World University Games Men's Volleyball Tournament.

The victory over Brazil was truly a team effort, as the USA used their tremendous defense to set up their offense. As a team the USA recorded 37 kills, a .450 hitting percentage, 13 blocks, 19 digs and eight service aces.

Stanford junior Curt Toppel (Pacific Palisades, CA) and David McKienzie let the team in kills with ten kills each. Toppel also added one block, one dig and a .500 hitting percentage.

The USA will face Russia tomorrow, August 29, in the semifinal beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Capital Gymnasium in Beijing, China. With a win the USA will appear in only their second ever Summer World University Games Men's Volleyball Final on Thursday, August 30 at 8:30 p.m. at Beijing's Capital Gymnasium.

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