US beats Argentina to win men's volleyball World Cup
TOKYO (AP) The United States won its first men's volleyball World Cup in 30 years on Wednesday with a 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 win over Argentina.
Maxwell Holt scored 18 points as the U.S. team won the event for the first time since 1985 and secured a berth at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
''It's a stressful challenge for any coach to qualify for the Olympics,'' U.S. coach John Speraw said. ''I thought our serve was good throughout the tournament and our blocking got better as we went along.''
Italy also wrapped up an Olympic spot by finishing second with a 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19 win over world champion Poland, which lost its first match and finished third.
The United States, Italy and Poland all finished with 10 wins and one loss. The final ranking was determined by fewest sets lost.
Matt Anderson of the U.S. finished the tournament with 172 points and was named MVP.
Defending champion Russia beat host Japan 27-29, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 15-13 to finish fourth.