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Spain rally from a set down to beat US


Israel Rodriguez scored 19 points yesterday as Spain rallied from a set down to beat the US at the men's volleyball World Cup.

Guillermo Falasca added 18 points as Spain downed the US 21-25, 25-20, 27-25, 25-20 to improve to 1-2 in the first round.

"We are getting better," Spain coach Marcelo Mendez said.

Clayton Stanley had a team-high 14 points for the US, who dropped to 1-2.

"We started a little better but had trouble sustaining our level," US coach Hugh McCutheon said. "We have to reevaluate the way we work together. We have got the day off tomorrow so hopefully we can get things back on track in the second stage."

At 3-0, Russia and Bulgaria are the only unbeaten teams after the first round.

Russia defeated Tunisia (1-2) 22-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 while Bulgaria downed Puerto Rico (2-1) 19-25, 25-18, 27-25, 25-17.

Brazil coasted to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 win over winless Egypt to improve to 2-1. Argentina (2-1) overpowered South Korea (0-3) 26-24, 25-22, 25-20.

Australia (2-1) downed hosts Japan (1-2) 25-19, 25-21, 25-21.

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