With preliminary play done, the women's volleyball tournament moved to the quarterfinals and cut the field in half Tuesday.
Shockingly, all four Pool B teams advanced, topping their counterparts from Pool A.
Netherlands advances for first time ever
The Netherlands, in its first Olympics in two decades, has advanced beyond the quarterfinals round for the first time in history.
Laura Dijkema and Co. took down South Korea in four sets Tuesday to move on to the semifinals Thursday to play the winner of Brazil and China.
Dijkema helped set up teammates Lonneke Sloetjes (23 points) and Judith Pietersen (17 points) while the Dutch squad limited the rest of Korea apart from captain Kim Yeon Koung (27 points).
USA draws one step closer to gold
Team USA fought off a couple of late charges from Japan to finish off the sweep in the second quarterfinals matchup.
Japan took home the bronze medal in London in 2012, but can't crack the final four here in Rio.
Jordan Larson (14 points, two aces) and Kim Hill (15 points, two aces) led the way for the Americans along with the steady coaching of Karch Kiraly.
The U.S. squad will now face Serbia in the semifinals.
Serbia takes advantage of a sloppy Russia team
The Serbian women are headed to the semifinals for the first time in the country's history.
They drubbed Russia Tuesday evening in the quarterfinals, including a 25-9 victory in the first set.
Serbia entered the tournament ranked No. 6 in the world.
Brazil upset in quarterfinals
The Brazilian women's volleyball team won't get a chance to win a third straight gold.
The hosts were left shell-shocked after China pulled off a stunning upset in five sets early Wednesday morning in Rio.
Brazil had not lost a set in five matches leading into Tuesday's quarterfinals showdown. After dropping the first set by a wide margin, China made adjustments and kept the Brazilians on their heels the rest of the night.
Women's volleyball semifinals tip off Thursday afternoon.