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U.S. falls to China, faces Germany next

Updated: August 14, 2004, 7:05 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The United States is poised to make a run at its first gold medal in women's volleyball, and China might be the biggest challenge.

Tough way to start the Olympic tournament.

Paced by the power of outside Hao Yang and limiting its mistakes, the Chinese team beat the Americans in four sets Saturday.

"One way or another, we've got to beat them some time," said star hitter Logan Tom, who had a team-high 14 points.

China, the team chosen by many to win gold ...

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