Rio de Janiero, Brazil - August 21, 2016 - Springfield College head men's volleyball coach Charlie Sullivan and the United States Men's Volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Russia to claim the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games on Sunday.
Sullivan was a member of the coaching staff and served as a scout coach throughout the competition.
"I'm excited to have had the opportunity to be a part of the United States Men's Volleyball Olympic journey," said Sullivan. "Being at the Olympics has been an experience that is indescribable. After watching the Olympics all my life, it's hard to believe that I was actually a part of the world's most iconic sporting event."
On Sunday, the U.S. came back from an 0-2 deficit to beat Russia, 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13 at Maracanazinho arena. It was a gritty performance by the Americans, who rebounded after losses to Canada and Italy to begin the competition, to reach the medal stand. The United States, who picked up critical wins against eventual gold-medalists Brazil, France, and Mexico in pool play, later bested Poland in the quarterfinals to reach the medal rounds. After a five-set loss to the Italians on Friday, Team USA put together a remarkable comeback against the Russians to claim the fifth men's volleyball medal, the second bronze to go with three gold medals, for the U.S. Men in the Olympic Games.