Springfield College volleyball coach helps Team USA get bronze medal

Sullivan was a member of the coaching staff and served as a scout throughout the competition

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (WWLP) – Springfield College men’s volleyball head coach Charlie Sullivan and the United States Men’s Volleyball team defeated Russia to claim the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday.

Sullivan was a member of the coaching staff and served as a scout throughout the competition.

“I’m excited to have had the opportunity to be a part of the United States Men’s Volleyball Olympic journey,” said Sullivan.  “Being at the Olympics has been an experience that is indescribable.  After watching the Olympics all your life, it’s hard to believe that you were actually a part of the world’s most iconic sporting event.”

The U.S. came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Russia at Maracanazinho arena on Sunday.

The Americans rebounded after losses to Canada and Italy. They defeated Brazil, France, and Mexico in pool play, and later beat Poland in the quarterfinals to reach the medal rounds.

After a five-set loss to the Italians on Friday, Team USA beat Russia to claim the fifth men’s volleyball medal, the second bronze to go with three gold medals, for the U.S. Men in the Olympic Games.

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