Olympic champions USA successfully begin title defense


LONDON, Great Britain, July 29, 2012 – The 2008 Olympic champions of USA beat Serbia in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, and 25-21) in their opening match of Pool B at Earls Court on Sunday afternoon.


With this result the US Americans could improve their record with Serbia as entering into this game they had claimed only 3 out of 13 international matches against the 2011 European champions.


American rising star Matthew Anderson paced his side with 18 points while middle blocker Marko Podrascanin topped the charts for Serbia with 13. The USA outblocked Serbia 16 to 11 and their all-round performance was very consistent and solid.


American coach Alan Knipe was evidently happy with the 3-0 win claimed by his guys in their Olympic debut against 2011 European gold medalists Serbia.


“It was a well-played match and it was probably more the mindset of the players that got them through. We did a really good job to maintain our composure when we were down in the second set”.


Knipe singles out William Priddy and Matthew Anderson as the players who made the difference for his side on Sunday afternoon.