The U.S. women's volleyball team has its revenge.
Serbia ousted the Americans at the World Cup in Japan last year, but Team USA avenged that loss immediately at the Rio Games.
In a preliminary matchup between two undefeated teams Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. squad cruised to a victory over Serbia in four sets (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19).
USA outside hitter Kim Hill gave her team a boost in the middle of the first set with a huge block and then immediately followed with a monster spike to net the U.S.'s 14th point.
The Americans also got a lift from coach Karch Kiraly's challenge when a Foluke Akinradewo spike was initially ruled out of bounds, but a replay review showed it actually glanced off the finger of a Serbian blocker. That led to to a 24-17 USA lead and essentially put away Serbia in the opening set.
Serbia controlled most of the second set, but let USA hang around with several service faults late. The Serbians out-blocked the U.S. (6-0) and converted 17 of 30 spikes in the set, but the final score (25-21) was only close because of four Serbian service errors.
The U.S. squad shored up their defensive woes for the third set, however, riding a couple big blocks to victory.
Rachael Adams (18 points, four service aces) and Foluke Akinradewo (16 points, four blocks) led the way for the U.S. and Hill added 13 points and two blocks. The Americans exploited their opponents mistakes, tallying 28 points on Serbian errors while giving away only 14 points on miscues.
Brankica Mihajlovic (18 points on 16 spikes) and Tijana Boskovic (18 points, four blocks) filled up the stat sheet for Serbia.
The U.S. now has eight points to lead Pool B, one point ahead of China and two ahead of Serbia and the Netherlands.