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Mormons in the 2012 Olympics, Day 12: Volleyball

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 1:34 p.m. MDT

Italy's Cristian Savani (11) drops a shot over USA's David Smith (20) and BYU alumnus Russell Holmes (12) during a men's volleyball quarterfinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (Chris O'Meara, Associated Press) Italy's Cristian Savani (11) drops a shot over USA's David Smith (20) and BYU alumnus Russell Holmes (12) during a men's volleyball quarterfinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (Chris O'Meara, Associated Press)

The U.S. men's volleyball team lost three straight sets in its match against Italy during the quarterfinal round on Wednesday, ending the team's bid for the medal podium.

The U.S. men, who won gold four years ago in Beijing, were ranked fifth entering the Olympics in London.

They were 4-1 in the preliminary round with their only loss to Russia and coming out as the top seed from their pool.

The team includes Mormon returned missionaries Russell Holmes, a middle blocker, and libero Rich Lambourne. Both played for Brigham Young University.

Other updates on Mormon Olympians:

Players reach for the ball during a men's quarterfinal volleyball match between the United States and Italy, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. Italy won three straight sets. (Andrew Medichini, Associated Press) Players reach for the ball during a men's quarterfinal volleyball match between the United States and Italy, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. Italy won three straight sets. (Andrew Medichini, Associated Press)

BMX cycling: Cedar Hills resident Arielle Martin was scheduled to compete Wednesday, but crashed during training on July 31. She remains hospitalized, but is progressing. See "Cedar Hills declares Aug. 8 Arielle Martin Day" for more on her condition and progress.

Competing Thursday

The U.S. women's water polo team is scheduled to play Spain in the gold-medal match on Thursday.

Tumua Anae, 23, the United States team's backup goalkeeper, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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