Two matches in and the U.S. Olympic men's volleyball team is looking good in London.
The U.S., which won the gold medal four years ago in Beijing, began its quest for a repeat Sunday by sweeping Serbia. The U.S. followed a similar path Tuesday when it swept past Germany to run its record to 2-0 in Pool B play.
Team USA, ranked fifth in the world, plays its third Pool B match against Brazil at noon (PDT) Thursday.
Alan Knipe (Marina High) of Huntington Beach coaches the 12-member U.S. team, which includes local players David McKienzie of Hermosa Beach (Huntington Beach High) and Fountain Valley resident Russell Holmes (Fountain Valley High).
Team USA defeated Serbia, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21, and edged Germany, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.
"I thought there were a lot of good things we did, but probably better than most was the attention to detail, especially our blocking defense, our transition, just the out-of-system plays created a lot of opportunities to score points," Knipe said of the Serbia match.