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United States (0-1, 0 pts. Pool A) vs. Italy (1-0, 3 pts. Pool A)
Match vitals: 1 p.m. (CST) in Rio
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
World rankings: United States (No.5); Italy No. 4
All-time Olympic series: Italy leads 3-2
What to know: It’s not a must-win situation for the United States — but for it feels pretty close to that. The United States following an upset loss in its Olympic opener will continue the pool-play round against Italy. The 2015 FIVB World Cup champions United States committed 18 service errors and was held to a .231 attack percentage in a three-game loss to Canada on Sunday. With this loss, the United States is in a three-way tie for fourth place in Pool A and has two of its four remaining pool-play matches against higher ranked teams in the FIVB World Rankings. In addition, the United States in its 10 previous Olympic appearances has never reached the quarterfinals or medaled when it lost its first two matches of the tournament. Italy in its Olympic opening match finished with a .473 attack percentage and swept France on Sunday. The team entered the Olympics after a silver-medal finish in the 2016 FIVB World League that included a four-game victory versus the United States in the World League Finals. This pool-play match will also feature the two of the top opposites in the world. Italy opposite Ivan Zaytsev had a match-high 14 kills in the sweep against France. He also led Italy with 152 kills during World League play this summer. Opposite Matt Anderson ended with a match-high 14 kills against Canada and was one of two U.S. players to have at least five kills in the loss. In addition, the former Penn State All-American was named the Most Valuable Player at the recent World Cup. This will be fifth consecutive Olympics that the United States and Italy have played each other. Italy is 3-1 versus the United States in Olympic matches since 2000, including upsetting the top-seed United States in the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympics en route to a bronze-medal finish.