• Brazil's Wallace de Souza celebrates during a men's gold medal volleyball match against Italy at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Brazil grabs men’s volleyball gold, with Neymar watching

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Neymar in a courtside seat cheering his countrymen, Wallace pumped his arms and let out screams from deep in his lungs as Brazil fed off the energy in raucous Maracanazinho arena.

  • China head coach Jenny Lang Ping speaks with members of the team during a women's gold medal volleyball match against Serbia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    China captures women’s volleyball gold, coach makes history

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — 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 China’s championship opponent from Serbia.

  • Serbia's Silvija Popovic, left, and Brankica Mihajlovic dive for the ball during a women's semifinal volleyball match against the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Serbian women chase gold, first women’s volleyball medal

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tijana Boskovic covered her face and cried for joy in the aftermath of her team’s thrilling semifinal upset of the top-ranked Americans, overcome by the improbable accomplishment for a country that has never been among the world volleyball powers.

  • Matt Fuerbringer, an assistant coach with the United States volleyball team, shouts instructions during a men's quarterfinal volleyball match against Poland at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    US top assistant Matt Fuerbringer gets his Olympics at last

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Matt Fuerbringer watches intently during warmups, first with hands on hips before he crosses his arms in front for a brief moment and then immediately moves them behind his back. After that, it’s a series of gestures to motivate the team — a thumbs-up, high-five, hug and a handshake among them.

  • United States' Jordan Larson (10) reacts during a women's semifinal volleyball match against Serbia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    No. 1 US women fall in 5 sets in volleyball semis to Serbia

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leaning over, hands on her knees and cheering at every chance, injured U.S. star Foluke Akinradewo could only watch. The top-ranked Americans had fought back to force a fifth set against Serbia before falling short — short of the gold-medal goal that had driven her and others back to the national team for one more Olympic cycle.

  • United States' David Smith, a hearing impaired player, reacts to fans as he leaves the court following the U.S. victory over Poland in a men's quarterfinal volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    US men’s volleyball reaches Rio semis with 4th straight win

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — John Speraw ran along the sideline about as close as he could to actually being in the action, cheering Aaron Russell to make a save while crashing into the barrier some 20 feet behind the end line.