By Associated Press | Aug. 20, 2016, 2:33 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Jordan Larson and Kimberly Hill celebrate a point in the women's volleyball bronze medal match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on Aug. 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


RIO DE JANEIRO -- Karch Kiraly's top-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team has earned an Olympic bronze medal, hardly the color the Americans planned for when they came to Brazil chasing the program's first gold in history.

The U.S. topped the Netherlands 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19 Saturday, bouncing back for bronze two days after a heartbreaking five-set defeat to Serbia in the semifinals.

After Kim Hill's ace on match point, the U.S. women fell into an embrace and Kiraly hugged his coaches and brought his team together for a cheer.

The Netherlands shined playing in its first Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta, where they finished fourth and surprised many as the Dutch put women's volleyball on the map with their gutsy, never-give-up style.

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