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US beats Russia to reach Olympic volleyball final

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August 22, 2008 07:35 AM EST | AP

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BEIJING — The U.S. men's volleyball team will play for the Olympic gold medal after defeating Russia in five sets.

With the 25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 15-13 victory Friday, the U.S. men remain undefeated in Beijing.

They play the winner of the late semifinal between Brazil and Italy in the title match on Sunday. Russia plays the loser in the bronze medal match.

The U.S. won Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1988, before winning the bronze in 1994. But the closest they've gotten since then was a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Athens games.