The U.S. men’s volleyball team upset top-ranked Brazil in the FIVB World League gold-medal match Sunday in a sport that could see the biggest U.S.-Brazil duels of the 2016 Olympics.
The U.S. won 31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23 in Florence, Italy. Brazil is the three-time reigning World champion and has won gold or silver at each of the last three Olympics.
The U.S., ranked fourth in the world as of January, lost in the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals after winning gold over Brazil in 2008.
The American men, playing without injured three-time Olympian Reid Priddy, snapped a three-match losing streak to the Brazilians on Sunday. Their last win over Brazil came at the 2012 Olympics in pool play.
Taylor Sander, the reigning AVCA Player of the Year from BYU, was named World League tournament MVP and the Best Spiker. Two-time Olympian David Lee was named the Best Blocker.
The U.S. next plays Iran in the USA Volleyball Cup, four times from Aug. 9-16 in California.