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US beats Italy, into women's volleyball semifinals

Aug. 19, 2008, 12:24 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated Italy in five sets Tuesday to advance to the semifinal round against Cuba.

The United States got off to a slow start but prevailed 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6 over the Italians.

The U.S. team, which has lost just one of six matches so far, will face a tough challenge in Cuba, which remained undefeated in Beijing with a three-set victory over Serbia earlier Tuesday.

Brazil plays China in the other semifinal on Thursday.

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