T.J. DeFalco

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

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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.

(h/t @bryanagraham)

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