U.S., Brazil to play for women's volleyball gold

The United States and Brazil won women's volleyball semifinals Thursday, setting up a rematch of the gold medal contest from four years ago in Beijing.

The U.S. claimed a 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 victory over South Korea in its semifinal, getting 24 points -- including 21 spikes -- from Destinee Hooker. Jordan Larson added 14 points in the straight-sets victory.

Brazil then downed Japan in dominant fashion, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18. Fabiana Claudino and Sheilla Castro both had 13 points in the win.

The results mean that the U.S. and Brazil will again square off for the gold medal, which the Brazilians won in 2008. The Americans will try for their first women's volleyball championship at the Olympics in Saturday's final.

Japan and South Korea play the same day for bronze.