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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Volleyball Semis

SYDNEY, Australia — Russia and Cuba both won in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of the Olympic volleyball tournament.

Cuba had little trouble getting past Croatia, while Russia had to come back again and again to defeat China on Tuesday.

Brazil cruised past Germany 25-22, 25-18, 25-17, but the United States survived a thrilling five-game marathon against South Korea to advance.

Yelena Godina provided the crucial points for Russia, which was down 24-21 in the third game but struggled back to win 27-25.

Cuba, seeking an unprecedented third straight gold medal, will play Brazil in the first of Thursday’s semifinals. Russia will then play the United States.