By James Brady @JamesBradySBN on Aug 6, 2016, 5:45p + The United States women's volleyball team came out on top in their preliminary match against Puerto Rico at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Saturday.
It was a closely-contested match and Puerto Rico didn't exactly roll over and let the US dominate, but the match still ended in straight sets in favor of the US, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17.
In the second set, Puerto Rico put up their best showing with a 22 on the scoreboard, and pushed the set for 28 minutes, with the first set clocking in at 21 minutes and the third at 24 minutes.
The US didn't play a particularly consistent match and let Puerto Rico stay in it longer than they probably should have.
China was considered one of the top contenders for a gold medal in indoor volleyball, but the Netherlands team, ranked 11th in the world, pushed the match to five sets before winning that final set after a crucial challenge went in their favor at 13-12.