The US men's volleyball team lost its semifinal match to Italy in the fifth and deciding set on Friday.
U.S. still has a chance at bronze on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET against Russia, which lost to Brazil late Friday.
The U.S. was just three points away from advancing to the gold medal match when Italy rebounded.
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The Americans had trouble receiving Ivan Zaytsev's serves and just like that, Italy had rattled off six points in a row and clawed back for a victory in the fourth set.
In the fifth set, Italy continued to steamroll off the momentum Zaytsev had built, soaring to a 15-9 victory to move on to the gold medal match and deliver another heartbreak to USA volleyball.
Italy beat Olympic first-timer Iran in straight sets. The Italians beat the U.S. in four sets during pool play — and the Americans haven't lost since.
The fifth-ranked Americans topped second-ranked Poland on Wednesday, building momentum after dropping their initial two matches before stunning Brazil and finishing off France.