BEIJING The U.S. women's volleyball team guaranteed themselves a medal at the Beijing Olympics their first medal since the 1992 Barcelona Games with an impressive three-set sweep over Cuba in Thursday's semifinals at Capital Gymnasium.
It was the first U.S. sweep in Beijing, as the Americans won 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 over a listless Cuban team.
In fact, Cuba had done the same three-set sweep to the U.S. in pool play last week.
The United States advances to Saturday's gold-medal match against the winner of Thursday's late semifinal between Brazil and China.
The U.S. had needed three straight five-set victories in as many outings just to get to Thursday's semi against nemesis neighbor Cuba.
And the Americans posted the most significant runs of the day, going up 12-5 at midpoint in the first match, by seven at 20-13 in the second and cruising ahead in the third.
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