Men’s volleyball wins opener with help from former Cougars
Olympics • Ex-BYU stars Lambourne, Holmes aid in win over Serbia.
Published: July 29, 2012 01:32PM
Updated: July 30, 2012 12:07AM
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United States' Clayton Stanley, right, spikes the ball past two defenders from Serbia, at left, as Stanley's teammate, William Priddy, looks on during a men's preliminary volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

London • The U.S. men’s volleyball team won its opening game of the London Olympics on Sunday, with a little help from a pair of former Cougars.

Former Brigham Young University stars Rich Lambourne and Russell Holmes played all three games of a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Serbia at Earls Court on Sunday. First-time Olympian Matt Anderson led the team with 16 kills.

Holmes had three kills and three blocks, while Lambourne played as the designated libero for the tournament.

The men are trying to defend the gold medal they won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but three-time Olympian Clay Stanley said they try not to look at it that way.

“We don’t feel like we need to defend our title,” he said. “We see this as a new journey since Beijing. It’s best not to think that way, and take every game as if it’s your last.”