LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champions the United States were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic volleyball tournament by an inspired Italy at Earls Court on Wednesday.
After winning a tense opening set 28-26, the Italians took control to claim a surprise 3-0 victory and set up a semi-final with Brazil, who beat Argentina earlier.
The Americans had no answer to the net play of Michal Lasko and Cristian Savani, both of whom racked up the points for Italy.
Three-times world champions Italy are looking for their first Olympic gold in men's volleyball.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Mark Meadows)