Check out all the Olympic men’s volleyball matches to follow today and how to follow them live.
United States (0-0, Pool A) vs. Canada (0-0, Pool A)
Match vitals: 3:05 p.m. (CST) in Rio
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
World rankings: United States (No. 5); Canada (No. 12)
All-time Olympic series: United States leads 2-0
What to know: The U.S. attempt at winning the nation’s first men’s volleyball gold medal in eight years will begin with a match against one of its biggest NORCECA rivals. The United States will open its pool-play round versus Canada in the first Olympic meeting between the bordering nation’s in 24 years. With an average roster age of less than 28 years old, this will be the Olympic debut for the majority of the U.S. roster, including former USC All-American setter Micah Christenson and former BYU All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander. The United States under coach John Speraw enters the Olympics after reaching the FIVB World League Finals in three consecutive years and winning the 2015 FIVB World Cup to clinch an Olympic berth. Opposite Matt Anderson was named the Most Valuable Player at the World Cup as he finished with a tournament-high 26 aces and a team-best 137 kills. Anderson, a former Penn State All-American, also contributed a match-high 11 kills and the United States had a .418 attack percentage in a sweep against Canada at the World Cup in October. Canada had to win its final two matches at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in June to earn one of the final berths to the Olympic tournament. Outside attacker John Gordon Perrin at the qualification tournament led all players with 109 kills, including having a match-high 25 kills in the team’s tournament-finale five-game victory versus China. Gordon Perrin, though, did not play in the World Cup loss to the United States. This is the first time Canada has competed in the men’s volleyball Olympic tournament since 1992, which featured a five-game loss to the United States in the pool-play stage.