Former UC volleyball star has massive game, as USA stuns defending gold medalist China The U.S. women’s volleyball team has handed defending gold medalist China its second straight-set loss. The Americans won a tight first set 29-27 on their fourth set point before taking the final two sets 25-22 and 25-21. They improve to 2-0 so far in Tokyo after sweeping France in the opener. The U.S. won bronze in 2016 and is seeking its first gold medal in the sport. China is still seeking to win its first set this tournament having been swept in the opener by Turkey. The Chinese went 2-3 in pool play in 2016 before rallying to win the gold. Jordan Thompson led the Americans with a game-high 34 points. Thompson is a former University of Cincinnati volleyball player.