Staff USA’s seaside volleyball group suffered a controversial loss to Canada within the Spherical of 16 on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
USA’s pairing of Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, ranked third on this planet by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), received the primary set 24-22. They then gave up a 10-4 lead within the second set, which Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley — ranked sixteenth — finally received 21-18. That despatched the match to the fateful third set, with the successful group needing solely 15 factors to advance.
Claes and Sponcil trailed Canada 12-11 within the ultimate set: A Sponcil serve was initially dominated out on Staff USA by officers, giving Canada a 13-11 lead. However Staff USA challenged the ruling, prompting a reversal of the decision and giving the USA the game-tying level at 12-all. Beneath is the evaluate in query:
The problem got here after the reversal, nonetheless: Canada’s group approached the official and challenged their ruling, introduced on by Staff USA’s prior problem. After a pause, the official reversed the decision awarding Staff USA the purpose, giving Canada the 13-11 lead.
In accordance with a report by Chris Marlowe of NBC Olympics, the official referred to as the ball out on Staff USA’s problem, however merely the incorrect button:
Simply obtained a Sponcil/Claes submit match report-In accordance with our man Dain Blanton, the ball was dominated OUT on the problem, however the operator made a mistake and pushed the incorrect button -the one which mentioned the problem was profitable. The referee corrected the error, and that was that
— Chris Marlowe (@ChrisMarlowe) August 1, 2021
Sponcil argued with the official for a number of moments earlier than receiving a yellow card, prompting Staff USA to return to play. That finally was the turning level within the match, as Canada completed with a 15-13 win within the ultimate set.
All the sequence — which wasn’t defined till effectively after the very fact — left Twitter confused and incensed, as customers tried to make sense of what occurred:
So, in seaside volleyball, the US challenged, received it, after which Canada challenged the problem and received? I don’t perceive it in any respect. Claes and Sponcil don’t, both.
— Maggie Hendricks (@maggiehendricks) August 1, 2021
Wait, you possibly can problem a problem in seaside volleyball now?#Olympics
— Katie Cavender 👩🏻💻 (@KatieCavender) August 1, 2021
USA obtained hosed by the officers. It is both in or out. As soon as a ruling is made, that must be that. How Canada might problem the results of a problem is past me. #beachvolleyball
— Anthony D’Agostino (@ADagostinoTV) August 1, 2021
Seashore Volleyball is one in every of my favourite olympic sports activities to observe, and I simply watched Claes/Sponcil get robbed. How are you going to problem a problem that overturns the unique name?
— Drake (@driizzy808) August 1, 2021
I feel I simply noticed the dumbest evaluate in sports activities historical past on this seaside volleyball recreation.
US challenges, name overturned
Canada challenges the problem (?) and the problem is overturned (?!)
— Brandon Armstrong (@chubs_kgun) August 1, 2021
Okay #beachvolleyball followers – as somebody who has been concerned in and a fan of all volleyball for all of her life, can somebody clarify to me how one can have a profitable problem be challenged after which be deemed an unsuccessful problem @NBCOlympics #teamusa #Tokyo2020
— Molly Hogan (@MiMiHogan) August 1, 2021
I am nonetheless sitting right here attempting to determine what simply occurred to the US in #beachvolleyball.
Canada challenges the problem (???)
Ref overturns the overturn (!!!)
US will get yellow card for saying it is silly. pic.twitter.com/S6VmVSapkf
— Micah Rumsey (@MicahRumsey) August 1, 2021