Thursday, September 16

Twitter outraged that US volleyball suffers controversial loss to Canada after challenge revocation

Team USA’s beach volleyball team suffered a controversial loss to Canada in the knockout stages of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

The American pair of Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, ranked third in the world by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), won the first set 24-22. They then gave up a 10-4 lead in the second set, in which Canadians Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley, ranked 16th, finally won 21-18. That sent the match into the fateful third set, with the winning team needing just 15 points to advance.

Claes and Sponcil were behind Canada 12-11 in the final set: Officials initially ruled out a Sponcil serve on Team USA, giving Canada a 13-11 lead. But Team USA challenged the decision, prompting a reversal of the decision and giving the United States the game-tying point at 12. Below is the review in question:

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However, the problem arose after the reversal: the Canadian team approached the referee and challenged his decision, triggered by the previous challenge from the US team.After a pause, the referee reversed the decision and awarded him the point to Team USA, giving Canada a 13-11 lead.

According to a report by Chris Marlowe of NBC Olympics, the official called the ball in the Team USA challenge, but just the wrong button:

Sponcil argued with the referee for several moments before receiving a yellow card, prompting Team USA to play again. That was ultimately the turning point in the match, as Canada finished with a 15-13 victory in the final set.

The full sequence, which wasn’t explained until long after the fact, left Twitter confused and outraged as users tried to make sense of what happened:

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