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US women volleyballers take on Brazil in Olympics

The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 on Monday at the Olympics in an early-round rematch of the Beijing Games final won by the Brazilians.Destinee Hooker had 23 points and Jordan Larson added 18 for the top-ranked Americans, who won 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in pool play at Earls Court.Sheilla Castro had 15 points for No. 2 Brazil, which was energized after a third-set victory but lost on Logan Tom's floater in the fourth set.Brazil has lost five straight international matches to the U.S. The teams are 21-21 in career play.Larson, a wing spiker making her Olympic debut, hit a floater to put the Americans up 23-17 in the first set. She spiked for set point, as Brazil looked out of sorts.The U.S. team pulled away in the second set with a 7-point run, capped by Tom's spike. Brazil twice held off the U.S. at set point and looked to have some momentum, until Hooker's kill ended it.Brazil rebounded by going up 8-3 early in the third, but the Americans ralli...

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