It looks like Kerri Walsh Jennings’ advice paid off.
After a heart-wrenching loss in the semifinals, the world’s No. 1 team found a way to get over the disappointment of missing out on a gold medal and instead took home the bronze.
Walsh Jennings – one of the most decorated beach volleyball players in history – had only 24 hours to rebound from the heartache of losing in the semifinal and came back to win bronze with April Ross.
The women’s indoor team followed suit, using the 48 hours between matches to recover before holding off a tough Netherlands squad in four sets (25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19) to secure a medal.
Team USA’s attack was spread throughout the roster with Kim Hill (19 points, four aces, two blocks), Foluke Akinradewo (16 points, two blocks, ace), Jordan Larson (15 points, two blocks) and Rachael Adams (15 points, five blocks, two aces) led the way.
The U.S. women’s team has now taken home a medal in three straight Olympics, claiming silver in London 2012 and Beijing 2008. The USA women have won three silver medals and two bronze, but have never won gold.
Serbia and China play for the gold medal Saturday night at 9:15 p.m. ET.