LONDON -- The U.S. stunned the men's volleyball world in the 2008 Olympics, streaking to its first gold medal in 20 years.
The only surprise this time was how quickly the U.S. was eliminated.
Italy won a quarterfinal match, 28-26, 25-20, and 25-20, ending the U.S. run Wednesday at Earls Court. The U.S. was the top-seeded team after preliminary play but never won a set after that.
The U.S. was in trouble from the start against Italy, failing to convert three set points and ultimately losing the first set on Dragan Travica's ace.
The second set wasn't so great either for the U.S., which fell behind, 12-9, as the Italians started finding holes in the defense at the net.