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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Faces buried in hands and tears falling, the Brazilian womens volleyball team lost to China in a five-set quarterfinal match Tuesday. Air Max 720 Release Date .It was another heartbreaking defeat for the home country, only hours after the Brazilian womens soccer team fell in a penalty shootout to Sweden?at the Maracana Stadium. China rallied after losing the first set to stun the two-time defending champion Brazilians 15-13 in the decisive fifth.As China celebrated the biggest upset yet and quieted a stunned crowd, Brazil captain Fabiana pulled her team together in a huddle. Although Fabianas kill saved one match point to make it 14-13 in the third, Brazil had a pair of costly service errors late.Brazil had been the heavy favorite to face the United States in a potential gold-medal match after beating the Americans in the championship match in each of the past two Olympics. Meanwhile, a young China team that had been far from steady at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics played its best, most consistent match yet.Karch Kiralys top-ranked Americans moved one step closer to their goal of capturing the programs first volleyball gold by defeating familiar opponent Japan in straight sets to reach the semifinals.?For an American team that knows Japan so well, patience was an absolute must. Against the best defensive team in the world, balls are going to come back across the net.Before we go into any match with Japan, we have to know we need to have a lot of patience, outside hitter Kim Hill said.The unbeaten U.S. (6-0) won 25-16, 25-23, 25-22 and has dropped just five sets all tournament. The Americans will face Serbia, a straight-sets winner over Russia, in Thursdays semifinals at Maracanazinho Arena.Our approach is the same every time, so that didnt even really feel like an Olympic quarterfinal match, Kiraly said. Thats good. Were just playing volleyball against Japan.The U.S. has faced Japan more than any other team since 1983. The Americans have won the past three meetings on the Olympic stage against Japan, including opening the 2008 Beijing Games with a four-set victory and sweeping Japan in a match at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.They have a lot of fight in them, so it took a lot of patience on our end and regrouping and resetting, middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo said. I was proud of the team. We were able to get it out in three sets.China will face the upstart Netherlands women, who beat South Korea in four sets. The Dutch are in their first Olympics in 20 years and went 4-1 in group play behind the Americans.Japan, one of the top defensive teams in the world, had a 7-0 run in the third set before the Americans closed it out. Now, the U.S. is two wins from gold.I dont have any expectations. Others may have them, but I dont, said Kiraly, who is the only person to win gold as a player in beach and indoor volleyball and who is now looking to become the first to win gold as a coach and player.Serbia lost in four sets to the U.S. during pool play but pulled off a surprising, five-set victory at last years World Cup in Japan, and that forced the Americans to qualify for Rio in January in Lincoln, Nebraska.The most important thing is to keep smiling on the court and stay relaxed, and anybody can be beaten, Serbias Jovana Stevanovic said. Air Max 720 Discount . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. Air Max 720 Sale .C. United of Major League Soccer. United chose the defender in the second round of the 2013 MLS re-entry draft. http://www.cheapairmax720.net/ . Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Head held high as she took the court moments after her Chinese team entered the arena, Jenny Lang Ping waved and smiled in several directions then paced around the floor observing Chinas championship opponent from Serbia.She proudly sang through the national anthem, then guided her team to a come-from-behind gold -- and made her own history, too.Lang Ping became the first person to win volleyball gold as a coach and player, her China team rallying from one-set down to defeat the upstart Serbians 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 on Saturday night in the Rio championship match.Its not important to me to make history, Lang Ping said. Im so happy for the young girls, they trained very hard.Early on in this tournament, Lang Ping -- who captured an Olympic title with the 1984 Chinese national team in Los Angeles then later spent a four-year stint coaching the Americans -- challenged her players to find ways to grow from their struggles with the world watching.All along, Lang Ping believed her emotional China players had the talent and determination to compete with the top programs in the world.And oh, did they show it. Once they found a groove.China took a 23-22 lead in the fourth set when Ting Zhus kill sent Maja Ognjenovic to the floor with a hard ball to the face, and the match was over shortly thereafter. Lang Ping raised both arms in the air and Fangxu Yang sprinted over to embrace her. Many more hugs followed.The Chinese exhibited that same fire and fight a year ago while winning the World Cup in Japan, then got to Rio de Janeiro earlier this month and worked through some initial rough, inconsistent Olympic moments.When the Chinese squad lost its Olympic opener in five sets to the Netherlands back on Aug. 6, Lang Ping challenged her players: to learn, to support one another through the ups and downs, to grow from each defeat and triumph on the pressure-packed Olympic stage.China responded, and seemed to play better when the moments got bbigger. Air Max 720 Best Price. efore the tournament I never thought that we could win the gold, Lang Ping said. I was thinking if we were lucky we could win a medal. You never know, our young players, at the beginning of the tournament we didnt play well. But at important times, we were really lucky we played well.Lang Pings group of women found its top level of volleyball over the recent days in Rio de Janeiro and spoiled things for a volleyball-crazed country in the process. China took down the two-time defending Olympic champion Brazilian women on their home turf in Tuesdays quarterfinals to show this team had arrived -- and, until Saturday night, that had been Chinas shining moment.The Chinese had much more fight still in them.With our young team you never know. One day great, one day not, Lang Ping said. We just had to be patient.Serbia had pulled off an improbable upset of its own by taking down the top-ranked U.S. women in a thrilling five-set semifinal Thursday.The Serbian women wore their socks pulled up Saturday, the words Play to Win written on the back. Their hands entwined, they sang in unison during the national anthem in an undeniably proud moment for the players, their supporters in the Rio stands and all of those others back home.For Serbia, there will still be so much to celebrate from this remarkable run to the championship in Rio. This is the programs first Olympic medal, ever.In this moment I must inform you about small history. In Europe, in the youth category Serbia is No. 1, in junior category Serbia is No. 1, said Aleksandar Boricic, President of the European Volleyball Confederation. We wait for the result in the Olympic Games if the senior team can be No. 1. Its a great future, they have many young players. In this kind of competition, Olympic Games, world championships, sometimes you need more lucky balls. ' ' '