Max Holt, Purcell Marian graduate, wins bronze with U.S. men's volleyball team

Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 21, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Purcell Marian graduate Max Holt and the U.S. men's volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit against Russia to win the Olympic bronze medal with a 3-2 victory Sunday.

Ranked fifth in the world, the Americans won 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13. Matt Anderson spiked for match point against the stunned Russians.

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The Americans linked arms in a tight circle and hopped in celebration as the crowd chanted "U-S-A!" The victory came the day after the U.S. women's team -- with another Cincinnati native, Mount Notre Dame graduate Rachael Adams -- also won the Olympic bronze medal.

The United States has three gold medals in men's volleyball, most recently in the 2006 Beijing Games. The Americans won the bronze in Barcelona in 1992.

Russia had three bronze medals in the sport. The perennial powerhouse has won four gold medals and three silvers since the sport joined the event in 1964.