Argentina locks up one of the top seeds in Pool B
Argentina went out and swept Egypt (25-16, 25-19, 25-20) in the first match Monday, finishing the preliminary round with 12 points and a guaranteed spot of being either the No. 1 or 2 seed from Pool B for the quarterfinals.
The sixth-ranked team in the world turned in a 4-1 record in prelims, winning 12 of 16 sets in Rio.
Egypt, meanwhile, had no shot of advancing to the quarterfinals regardless of Monday's result. They finished with three points total and went 3-12 in the 15 sets across five matches.
Every match Egypt was involved in during its time in Rio was a sweep.
U.S. men advance to quarterfinals with sweep of Mexico
With their backs against the wall, the Americans have completed their comeback story.
After losing the first two matches in the preliminary round, the U.S. needed huge showings in the final three matches to earn a trip to the quarterfinals, and that's exactly what happened.
With three points in three straight matches, the U.S. punched its ticket to the next round, while Mexico goes home with an 0-5 record and only one win in 16 sets.
Russia staves off Iran charge
Monday began with just one point separating Russia and Iran in seeding in Pool B, but Russia's three-set sweep (25-23, 25-16, 25-20) put distance between the two squads.
Led by Maxim Mikhaylov (18 points), Russia had little trouble winning all three sets and will end as the third seed in Pool B.
Iran is the fourth seed and will take on Italy in quarterfinals play.
Poland battles to No. 2 seed
Poland secured the No. 2 seed in Pool B by sweeping Cuba (25-18, 25-19, 25-17) Monday afternoon.
Poland finished with 12 points, but its overall record in sets played was 14-5, slightly worse than the 12-4 record of Argentina, which is the current No. 1 seed.
Cuba will go home 0-5 in Olympic play, winning just one of 16 sets it played in.
Canada advances to quarterfinals with impressive win over Italy
The Canadians have put the volleyball world on notice with the way they've played in Rio.
In the country's first Olympics in more than two decades (last qualified in 1992), Canada is moving on to the quarterfinals round after going 3-2 and picking up nine points in prelims.
Canada stunned the U.S. with a sweep on the first day and battled the powerhouse Brazilian squad on the second day before losing to France. But the Canadians have responded from there, sweeping Mexico and then taking it to an Italy team Monday (25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21) that had already locked up the top spot in Pool A.
Even before the match, Italy knew it was going to play Iran - the fourth seed from Pool B - in quarterfinals play Wednesday.
Prior to Monday, Italy had lost just two sets in four matches, taking down the U.S., France, Brazil and Mexico in four sets or less.
Brazil sends France home with victory
With Canada and the U.S. already taking home three points earlier in the day, it left only one spot in the quarterfinals for Brazil and France to fight for.
The hosts won out, taking down France in four closely-contested sets (25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23).
France now heads home after looking like a shoe-in for the quarterfinals with six points after the first three matches. But they failed to pick up a point the rest of the way and saw their hopes at a medal go down the drain in front of an amped Brazilian crowd cheering on its national team.