Four years ago in London the United States women’s volleyball team fell short of its goal of a gold medal, losing to Brazil in four sets in the gold medal match. This time around the Americans look for gold in Rio, and Saturday afternoon that quest begins with a group play match against Olympic debutantes Puerto Rico at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The match will be streamed live at NBCOlympics.com, and it will also be available on the NBC Sports app.
In addition to looking to get over the hump that is Brazil, which has defeated the United States in the gold medal match of each of the last two Summer Olympics, the Americans are led by a head coach looking to make history. Karch Kiraly, who won gold as an athlete in 1984 and 1988 (he also won a gold medal in beach volleyball in 1996), is looking to become the first coach in the history of Olympic volleyball to win a gold medal as both an athlete and head coach. Kiraly was an assistant on the United States Olympic Team four years ago.
The United States enters the competition as the top-ranked team in the world, but it’s Brazil who enters as favorites to win gold. Having won the last two gold medals, the Brazilians are playing on home soil and that’s expected to give them a boost. Brazil opens its tournament against Cameroon at 2:00 p.m. Eastern in the third of six matches scheduled for Saturday. Below is the full schedule, complete with links to the live stream pages on NBCOlympics.com.
8:30 a.m.: Japan vs. South Korea (Group A) – WATCH LIVE
10:30 a.m.: China vs. Netherlands (Group B) – WATCH LIVE
2:00 p.m.: Brazil vs. Cameroon (Group A) – WATCH LIVE
4:00 p.m.: United States vs. Puerto Rico (Group B) – WATCH LIVE
7:30 p.m.: Russia vs. Argentina (Group A) – WATCH LIVE
9:30 p.m.: Serbia vs. Italy (Group B) – WATCH LIVE