The U.S. women's volleyball team became the first team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to clinch a spot in the quarterfinal round when it beat Serbia 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19). It was a showdown of the only two remaining unbeaten teams in Pool B; the U.S. improved to 3-0 with the win.
Rachael Adams paced Team USA's efforts with 18 points, including four service aces. Foluke Akinradewo added 16 points with four blocks, and Kim Hill and Jordan Larson contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.
After splitting the first two sets, Hill broke an 8-8 tie in the third set to give the U.S. a lead it would never relinquish. Akinradewo finished off the set scoring four of the final five points. In the fourth set, the U.S. burst out to a 16-10 lead on two opponent errors and an ace by Adams, and the U.S. would go on to win the set by that same margin.
Team USA sits atop Pool B standings and will next play Italy on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. before wrapping up group play against China on Aug. 14.