Previewing Day 3 of women’s volleyball preliminaries

The Netherlands women’s volleyball team gets another opportunity in the worldwide spotlight to show they belong Wednesday morning.

Netherlands is the biggest story of the women’s tournament so far after beating No. 3-ranked China on Day 1 and then nearly pulling off another upset Day 2 against the Americans.

Before they square off against Italy Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET, Netherlands currently sits fourth in Pool B with three points. Italy trails in fifth with zero points after losing all six of the sets it has played in at Rio.

Directly after that match will be the U.S. women taking on Serbia at 2 p.m. ET in a battle for first place in Pool B.

Serbia currently sits atop the pool with six points – winning all six of its sets to date. 

The U.S. have only dropped two sets – both to Netherlands Monday – but only have five points total (a win of 3-2 in sets only nets two points for a team while a sweep or a 3-1 victory nets three points). 

Here is the rest of the slate for Wednesday, the third of five preliminary days:

8:30 a.m. ETChina vs. Puerto Rico

4 p.m.Russia vs. Cameroon

7:30 p.m.South Korea vs. Argentina

9:30 p.m. Brazil vs. Japan

Men’s preliminaries resume Thursday morning beginning at 8:30.