By Associated Press | Aug. 13, 2016, 6:58 p.m. (ET)
Matt Anderson reacts during the men's qualifying volleyball match between France and the United States at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on Aug. 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


RIO DE JANEIRO -- Seemingly down and out in these Olympics only a few days ago, the U.S. men's volleyball team is suddenly right back in the mix of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Fresh off Thursday night's stunning four-set victory against host Brazil, the Americans rallied from way down in the first set Saturday to beat France 25-22, 25-22, 24-25, 25-22 and improve their position in Pool A.

Next up is Mexico on Monday in the final preliminary match before the knockout quarterfinals.

After being swept in their Olympic opener by Canada and then losing to Italy, the Americans found their groove against Brazil and carried that into Saturday. This young group, with eight first-time Olympians and a trio of veterans leading the charge, has shined during this four-year cycle leading up to Rio when under the most pressure.

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