Argentina continues to roll
Argentina proved it is for real at the Rio Olympics as the No. 6 team in the world took it to the third-ranked Russian team in the second match of preliminaries Tuesday.
The two squads traded 25-18 victories in the first three sets before Argentina pulled out the match win with a 25-21 victory in the fourth set.
Bruno Lima led the way for Argentina with 18 points and Facundo Conte tallied 16 points.
Argentina swept Iran in three sets on the first day of play Sunday.
Russia - which won the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 - beat Cuba in four sets in the first prelim.
Argentina now leads Pool B with six points.
France rebounds with dominant sweep of Mexico
France began the Rio Games with a tough sweep at the hands of the Italians, but rebounded nicely by taking advantage of a slumping Mexican squad.
France needed just three sets (25-18, 25-12, 25-22) and only an hour to dispatch Mexico.
In the three sets, France garnered 24 points on Mexican errors while also converting on 40 of their 62 spikes. On the other side, Mexico tallied only 31 points on 73 spikes.
On the first day of action, Mexico managed to steal a game from the powerhouse Brazilian squad, but that was all and currently sit tied with the U.S. team for last in Pool A with zero points.
Struggles persist for U.S.
For the second straight match, a young U.S. squad got off to a slow start.
The Americans feature eight first-time Olympians and they've showed it in the early going in Rio with too many unforced errors while winning just one set in two matches against Canada and Italy.
The U.S. team turned in a more inspired, consistent effort Tuesday, but the No. 4-ranked Italian team had an answer for every American run, winning in four sets (28-26, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23).
Italy leads the way in Pool A with six points in two matches.
Iran nearly pulls off upset over Poland as two teams come close to brawling
The Iranian men's team turned in an inspired effort Tuesday to pick up a point against a Poland squad that entered Rio as the No. 2 ranked team in the world.
Iran - with a No. 10 worldwide ranking - lost all three sets to Argentina on Day 1 and then fell behind Poland by two sets (17-25 and 23-25) Tuesday.
But things changed in the third set as Iran squeaked out a 25-23 victory and then took off with a 25-20 win in the fourth set, sending the match to a deciding fifth set and ensuring each team would wind up with at least one point.
In the fifth set, neither team could put any run together before Poland finally secured back-to-back points and won a challenge to finish with an 18-16 victory.
The two teams nearly came to blows as the results of the match-ending challenge came out, as the entire roster of each team met for a little shoving at the net after a hard-fought two-and-a-half hours of volleyball.
Egypt sweeps Cuba
It didn't take long for Egypt to bounce back after a rough showing on Day 1.
The Egypt squad that dropped all three sets to Poland in the first preliminary came back and swept Cubs out of the gym in Rio Tuesday night (25-22, 25-15, 25-22).
Ahmed Abdelhay had a monster game for Egypt with 20 points on 15 spikes. Cuba scored just 31 points on their 67 spikes throughout the three sets.
The sweep drops Cuba to last in Pool B with zero points in two matches.
Egypt jumps up to fourth with three points, leap-frogging an upstart Iran squad that came inches away from downing Poland earlier Tuesday.
Canada gives Brazil fits, but hosts pull out a win
The Brazilian volleyball team will climb into bed late Tuesday night with another victory under its belt, but it certainly wasn't easy.
The same Canada team that stunned Team USA on the first day of men's prelims came out and shocked Brazil and a raucous home crowd with a win in the first set (26-24).
Brazil stormed back to take the next three sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-17), but Canada proved to be a thorn in the side of the top-ranked team in the world all night.
The match took just shy of two hours and both teams left the court looking exhausted and depleted.
The match leaves Brazil second in Pool A (tied with Italy with six points, but Italy is 6-1 while Brazil is 6-2 in two matches).
Canada is third with three points after coming up empty despite a strong showing Tuesday night.