U.S. volleyball player goes head-first into barrier for save (video)


Call it an impressive first impression for U.S. outside hitter T.J. DeFalco.

DeFalco, making his FIVB World League debut this year, rushed out of bounds, off the court and through a barrier — head-first, mind you — to save a ball in a match with Iran on Thursday.

Then Olympic libero Erik Shoji managed to get the ball over the net for a kill. The ball landed as Iran players stood dumbfounded.

The U.S. went on to win 25-17, 25-22, 30-28. The Americans next play Russia on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET on NBCSports.com/live.

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