Olympic women’s volleyball groups set

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The Rio Olympic women’s volleyball tournament field and groups are set following the final qualification matches Sunday.

The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world and the reigning World champion, will face China (world No. 2), Serbia (6), Italy (7), the Netherlands (14) and Puerto Rico (16) in group play from Aug. 6-14.

Host Brazil (No. 3 in the world) tops the other group with Russia (4), Japan (5), South Korea (8), Argentina (9) and Cameroon (21).

The top four nations in each group advance to the knockout round, beginning with quarterfinals.

The U.S. women have never taken Olympic gold but captured their first World title in 2014, breaking a 62-year drought. They upset Brazil in the semifinals at Worlds and beat China in the final.

The U.S. lost its final matches at the Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 all to Brazil, including the last two gold-medal games.

If the U.S. and Brazil both top their groups in Rio, they would not play each other until a potential Olympic final Aug. 20.

The Olympic men’s volleyball field will be finalized in June. The U.S. has already qualified.

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Courtesy FIVB