France had no answer.
The United States men crushed their Pool B opponents 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 to open Saturday’s indoor volleyball match at the Tokyo Olympics.
The only other U.S. volleyball team in action on Saturday, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, were swept aside by the reigning Olympic men’s beach volleyball bronze medalists.
The Americans dominated France from the start, taking a 5-0 lead in Game 1 and hardly ever looked back.
Micah Anderson, who had 43 sets, masterfully directed an attack that saw Matt Anderson get 13 kills and strike. 650, while Taylor Sander had 12 kills and hit 0.562 at the end with two blocks and the team’s only ace. TJ DeFalco had nine kills, Max Holt eight and David Smith seven.
DeFalco, Holt and Smith each had a block. Erik Shoji had six digs and Sander, DeFalco, and Christenson had five each.
Seven players for France killed, eight by Earvin Ngapeth and seven by Jean Party.
The women of the United States open the game Sunday at Ariake Arena. The United States play the second game of the day, a Pool B game against Argentina. Also in Pool B, the ROC opens against Italy and later China faces Turkey.
In women’s Pool A, Serbia faces the Dominican Republic, Japan faces Kenya and Brazil faces Korea.
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The American men are on leave on Sunday and will face Russian team ROC on Monday, which beat Argentina in four.
There were five other men’s volleyball games on Saturday and none were as exciting as the opener when 0-2 favorites Italy beat Canada 26-28, 18-25, 25- 21, 25-18, 15-11 in a match that lasted 2 hours 17 minutes.
Osmany Juantorena led Italy with 20 kills as he reached 0.368. Alessando Michielletto had 18 kills while hitting 0.593 and he did three blocks, Gianluca Galassi had five kills and four blocks. Nicolas Hoag led Canada with 17 kills and John Gordon Perrin had 15.
Also in Pool A, Japan swept Venezuela away, then Iran beat Poland 25-18, 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 23-21 with a fifth set which was exciting as the indicates the score. Amir Ghafour led Iran with 17 kills, Meisam Salehi had 15 and Milad Ebadipour Ghara had 13. Wilfredo Leon Venero had 20 kills for Poland.
In the other two Pool B matches, Brazil swept Tunisia and ROC (Russia) beat Argentina in four.
Click here for the full list of Saturday men’s volleyball results.
Dalhausser, who won Olympic gold in 2008 with Todd Rogers, and Lucena, were swept 21-17, 21-18 by ninth seed Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands. They won bronze in Rio in 2016.
No. 16 seed Dalhausser and Lucena will be out until Thursday to face Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Filho, the No. 4 seed who beat Argentines Julian Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso on Saturday.
There were nine more beach volleyball matches on Saturday at Shiokaze Park without upset but one was worth the upset.
The first game never took place because Marketa Slukova from the Czech Republic tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She and her partner Barbara Hermannova therefore lost by default against the Japanese Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami, sixth seed.
The female favorites, the Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, swept the Dutch Katja Stam and Raisa Schoon. The unranked German team of Margareta Kozuch and Laura Ludwig, who won gold in Rio in 2016 with Kira Walkenhorst, lost in three to Tanja Huberli and Nina Betschart of Switzerland, the number 7 seed.
In the final match of the day, seeded Anders Mol and Christian Sorum of Norway had to go five to beat 24th seed Australians Christopher McHugh and Damien Schumann 21-18, 18-21, 15 -13.
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Sunday’s 10-game beach volleyball schedule opens with April Ross and Alix Klineman, the tournament’s No.2 seed, against Chen Xue and Wang Xinxin in Pool B.
In the last match of the day, in men’s group C, America’s ninth seed Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne face Italians Adrian Ignacio Carambula and Enrico Rossi.
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Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil will only play on Monday.